BLUCAN: BETTER LANDFILL UTILIZATION

Please have your BluCan out by 6am on your pickup day.
BluCan will be picked up every other week on your normal garbage collection day
Billing questions | Contact your city's utility office
Missed Pick up | Contact Dixie Waste 435-673-5610
New Container Delivery | Contact WCSW 435-673-2813

The new BluCan curbside recycling program has been brought to Washington County by decisions involving your city leaders and residents.

Learn About BluCan

Take a look BluCan's recycling guidelines.

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  • LAST WEEK’S NEWSPAPER

  • PLASTIC BOTTLES FROM AN OFFICE PARTY

  • HOLIDAY WRAPPING PAPER

  • SODA CANS FROM YOUR BACK SEAT

  • YOUR DAILY PILE OF JUNK MAIL

  • CLEAN CARDBOARD

  • FOIL, TIN, AND STEEL CANS

  • THAT OLD PILE OF MAGAZINES

  • CLEAN PLASTIC CONTAINERS

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  • GLASS

  • PLASTIC BAGS

  • BUNNY CAGE NEWSPAPER

  • YOUR BOSS’ FAVORITE FLAMINGO TIE

  • AUNT MARTHA’S FRUITCAKE

  • YOUR LATEST OIL CHANGE OUT BACK

  • CHEESY PIZZA BOXES

  • GRASS OR YARD CLIPPINGS

  • DRYWALL, CARPET, OR CONCRETE

Frequently Asked Questions

BluCan containers will be distributed to homes in January 2016. The program is scheduled to be implemented mid February 2016.

The nominal fee is designed to cover the cost of picking up and transporting your recyclables. This fee also covers administrative costs. Your cost may vary by city, but the more residents who participate in BluCan will lower the cost. Click on your city’s link above for more details on pricing.

Yes. If you choose, you may still drop your recyclables in public bins. Since BluCan is not yet equipped to handle glass, we would encourage residents to deposit glass in the existing bins.

As a general rule, you won’t be able to opt-out once the period has ended. However, your city may have adopted different procedures on allowing exceptions for certain circumstances. Click you city’s link above for more information.

Ordinances and procedures may vary by city. Details will be published when available, but you may contact your own city for any necessary assistance. Click on your city’s link above for more information.

Your BluCan will be picked up every other week on your normal garbage collection day. Pickup is expected to begin in mid February 2016. To see when your first day of pickup will be, click on your city's link above.

Although our current landfill has many years of life left in it, it is important to reduce the current waste stream now to lengthen its life. Like saving for retirement, the sooner you begin the greater the benefit you’ll get as time goes on. The earlier we begin reducing what is taken to the landfill, the more space we can save.

Each BluCan will have a list of acceptable materials on the lid. Following these guidelines will promote a quicker process and lower costs for processing.

A. Paper (any paper that tears and is not food contaminated); cardboard, magazines, junk mail, phone books, newspaper, etc.

B. Aluminum cans, foil, tin, steel bi-metal cans

C. Plastic containers with these symbols: BluCan Recycling

Simply place your recyclables (as defined above) in your BluCan - there is no sorting necessary. Your BluCan will hold 94 gallons of recyclables. BluCans are schedule to be picked up every other week on same day as trash service.

Your recycling will be picked up by Dixie Waste who contracts with Washington County Solid Waste.

Your HOA has its own regulations. You may already have a recycling bin that serves your community, and there is no reason to discontinue that policy. Complexes that use dumpsters for their waste will be excluded from BluCan, however, if your community uses individual garbage cans then you will be able to participate. For more information, please click on your city’s link above.

No. BluCan is a public-private partnership between Washington County Solid Waste, Dixie Waste, and your city for the benefit of all residents. This is the most beneficial and cost-effective way to help everyone have a positive impact with the least amount of daily disruption.

BluCan makes your life easier while keeping our community beautiful. Just deposit your recyclables into your BluCan and the rest is done for you. No wasting landfill space on materials that can be recycled.

Some cities have chosen not to participate in BluCan. This list will continue to be updated as this is passed or not passed through city councils. As of now Apple Valley, Enterprise, New Harmony, and the unincorporated areas of Washington County will not be participating in BluCan.

St. George, Hurricane, Springdale, Ivins, Santa Clara, LaVerkin, Leeds, Toquerville, Washington City, Rockville, and Virgin have officially voted to participate in BluCan.

Waste service will continue as is for the time being. We will evaluate the feasibility of offering smaller waste containers in the future.

If you currently have recycling containers with Republic services all you need to do is continue using them. These containers will be left for your use with the BluCan service. Once BluCan is running you will no longer receive a bill from Republic services and the charge for BluCan will show up on your city utility billing.

The recyclables will be delivered to Rocky Mountain Recycling where they will sort and process the material.

Yes we accept shredded paper as long as it is bagged. This is the only material that should be bagged.

Recyclable should not be bagged when placed in the BluCan. This creates much more labor needed to sort the material at the recycling facility.

Unfortunately we are unable to accept plastic bags at this time. You may check with your local grocery store to see if they accept grocery bags. Plastic bags are very hard to recycle and we may even see a bag ban in the near future.

Currently glass costs $35.00 per ton and is very hard to recycle. Glass is also very hard on the sorting equipment and can also contaminate other materials. For these reason we have chosen to not allow glass in the curbside program however we are leaving glass binnies in place for those who wish to continue recycling glass.

Unfortunately styrofoam is very hard to recycle and we are unable to take any form of styrofoam.

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Saving landfill space will make a significant impact for the area. 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.

This concept of better landfill use was the inspiration behind the naming of BluCan, the BLU standing for Better Landfill Utilization.

When Residents use BluCan, their recyclables will be picked up at their homes every other week, on their normal garbage collection day. Getting yours is easy, your BluCan will be delivered directly to your home.

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BluCan is a partnership between
Washington County Solid Waste, Dixie Waste, and Your City

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