Curbside recycling program to begin February

BluCan Recycling display at the St. George City Offices, St. George, Utah, Jan. 22, 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – Shortly after New Year’s Day, blue cans started to appear at homes across the county in preparation of the BluCan curbside recycling program slated to begin the week of Jan. 31.

“If you’ve had a blue can show up in your front yard in the last few days, it’s not a late Christmas present,” St. George Mayor Jon Pike said Thursday during a City Council meeting, “it’s your recycle can.”

St. George, along with LaVerkin, Leeds, Hurricane, Ivins, Rockville, Santa Clara, Springdale, Toquerville and Washington City, have each signed on to the BluCan Recycling program last year as a means to prolong the life of the county’s landfill.

Emphasizing this intent is the name of program. The “BLU” part of BluCan stands for “Better Landfill Utilization.”

“Saving landfill space will make a significant impact for the area,” officials with the Washington County Solid Waste District said previously. “While the current landfill has many years of use remaining, the value of reducing the current stream of waste to lengthen its life and preserve land space benefits future generations.”

Prior to adoption and implementation of the program, St. George and several other cities gave residents the opportunity to opt-out of the program last fall.

The opt-out period ran through September and October, with cities involved sending notices out with utility bills and others means in order to inform the public. Residents who didn’t choose to opt-out were automatically added to the program.

Springdale, Hurricane and Ivins made participation mandatory.

A list of what can and can't go in the BluCan container | Image courtesy of, St. George News
A list of what can and can’t go in the BluCan container | Image courtesy of, St. George News | Click to enlarge

The Washington County Solid Waste District reported in November that 85 percent of St. George’s population was signed into the program. Participation in other cities that allowed an opt-out option ranged from 49 percent to 78 percent. A total of 87 percent of county residents enrolled in the recycling program, according to the solid waste district.

Overall, 41,944 homes across the county have already received, or will yet receive, the BluCan.

“Basically all of the cans are being delivered now,” Pike said, adding that pick up will begin the weeks of Jan. 31 and Feb. 7.

Pick up of recyclables will be the same day as garbage pick up, though every other week, Pike said.

Smaller cities will start recycling service on the week of Jan. 31. Due to their size, parts of St. George, Hurricane and Washington City will start service the week of Feb. 7. Service in Ivins will also start that week.

The 2016 schedule is provided below, courtesy of Click the image to enlarge.


Due to the large percentage of participation, the monthly charge for the recycling program in St. George will be $3.12, Pike said. It is down from the original $4 that was anticipated in case participation number were lower.

“We have a chance for only $3.12 a month to contribute to lengthening the life of our landfill,” Pike said. “That’s really the main thing we’re going to accomplish here, even though it may not benefit you or I. It might (benefit) our kids or grandkids. I think it’s worth it.”

BluCan allows residents to deposit paper, plastic, cardboard and metal waste into their own BluCan, a can that will be similar to their current garbage can. Glass is currently excluded from the list of acceptable recyclables.


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  • Rex January 23, 2016 at 11:16 am

    My wife and I were very excited to receive our blue can and we have already placed some cardboard in it.

    • IDIOT COMMENTERS January 23, 2016 at 3:29 pm

      I was so excited my head almost exploded. was so intense

      • .... January 23, 2016 at 8:40 pm

        Oh yeah the excitement was totally overwhelming. I could barely control myself

    • 42214 January 23, 2016 at 8:21 pm

      Get a life Rex

  • .... January 23, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Wow I’m so excited for you two

  • Billy Madison January 23, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    I got my blue can about 2 weeks ago and it’s already filled up with beer bottles. Now I find out that they don’t want bottles. Oh Jeeze, guess I’ll start hucking em over the fence like I used to.

  • Lastdays January 23, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    I’m excited too. I’ve already started to load mine up. Put 2 old car batteries in it, along with a jug of oil and a filter from a recent change, and an old computer. This is going to be great !

  • .... January 24, 2016 at 10:15 am

    I’m using my blue can to store camping gear for the winter. I have better thing’s to do than sort out garbage..thanks for the big blue storage container

  • 42214 January 24, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    I’m all for the environment and recycling and will gladly participate in the Blue Can. My problem is why are we paying extra to recycle when someone is making big money off our efforts. Recycling and waste management is a multi-billion dollar business and we’re paying $3 a month to cover their overhead. That is a rip off.

  • .... January 25, 2016 at 6:12 am

    That 3 dollar’s is a Mormon Tax disguised as a business tax ! The LDS Church gets it ALL

  • .... January 25, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    My neighbor filled his blue can with beer and ice for a party this weekend. worked out great he’s keeping it as a beer cooler for parties..thanks for the big blue beer cooler

  • sagemoon January 27, 2016 at 8:48 am

    Oh, you guys! Such party poopers. I am happy to recycle and have found it easy to get the right things in the recycle can. Of course, I am still recycling my own aluminum. They can have my cardboard and paper junk.

  • TheManitou February 1, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    I am very happy about the recycling program and I look forward to participating, but I know a lady in her nineties that cannot see. All her bills are automatically taken out at the bank. She just shreds her mail. She did not know about this nor realize that she had to “opt out”. The blue can on her curb came as a surprise to her. When I visited today, we talked about it and she said she’ll have her seventy-three-year-old daughter cancel the service. I wonder how many other disabled seniors are confused by all this?

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