Garbage & Recycling

Recycling Calendar 2020

Clearfield City Recycles Program - Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I discontinue recycling?

Yes.  Please call the city.

Do I need to have a separate recycling can after the new sorting system is in place at the land fill?

Although they will be recovering a large portion of recyclables from your regular trash can, they will not be able to recover paper clean enough to market for recycling (there is currently no market for mixed 
paper, but that is likely to change in the future).  Also, the other materials you place in your recycling bin 
will be of better quality than the materials we are able to recover from the general waste stream.  
Keeping your recycling bin is a matter of personal preference.  In fact, if you otherwise need two 
garbage cans, the recycling can is typically less expensive than a second waste can.  More info

What can we place in the recycling container, and how often will it be collected?

You’ll receive a blue 96-gallon container that will be picked up every other week on the same day as your trash service. You can recycle the following:

  • Aluminum and tin cans                       
  • Cardboard boxes                              
  • Newspapers                                  
  • Magazines                                      
  • Envelopes                                       
  • Coated paper                                  
  • Carbonless receipts                       
  • File folders
  • Plastic containers labeled #1-#7
  • White and colored paper
  • Books
  • Junk Mail
  • Brochures and pamphlets
  • Computer printouts
  • Manuals with glue bindings

Why can’t we include glass in our recycling bins?

According to Waste Management, there is not enough glass in the Utah market to make it worthwhile to install a glass separator. Broken glass can also contaminate the other recyclables in the bin.

What are some benefits of recycling?

Recycling helps to save energy, reduce pollution and water consumption, preserve natural resources and create jobs.

  • Recycling an aluminum can saves 95% of the energy needed to produce a new aluminum can from raw materials. The energy saved from recycling one ton of aluminum is equal to the amount of electricity the average home uses over 10 years. (Source: Keep America Beautiful)
  • Recycling one ton of paper saves 17 mature trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 2 barrels of oil, and 4,100 kilowatt-hours of electricity – enough energy to power the average American home for five months. (Source: Environmental Protection Agency)
  • Recycling one ton of plastic milk jugs saves enough energy to light a home for a year (EPA).
  • Incinerating 10,000 tons of waste creates one job; landfilling 10,000 tons of waste creates six jobs; recycling 10,000 tons of waste creates 36 jobs. (EPA, “Resource Conservation Challenge: Campaigning Against Waste,” EPA 530-F-02-033, 2002)

Additional Recycling Resources

What Can and Cannot be Recycled
7 Good Reasons to Recycle
Benefits of Recycling
Recycle Often. Recycle Right. This website helps customers get “back to the basics” of good recycling. You will find tips for recycling as well as an entire page of “Myth Busters”, which breaks down certain myths about recycling and explains why certain things can or cannot be recycled. This page further explains other nuances that customers often find confusing or hard to understand.

Curbside Garbage Collection

Garbage is collected once a week. Find your location on the garbage schedule map to determine your collection day. Recycling pick up will be every other week on the same day as your garbage. Clearfield City contracts residential garbage removal with Waste Management of Utah. Only trash placed in city issued garbage cans is collected. Please bag refuse before placing it in garbage can(s). Pick-up begins early, around 5:00 a.m. Please have can(s) to the curb by this time. Cans may be placed curbside the night before scheduled trash pick-up. Likewise, please have garbage can(s) removed from the curb within 24 hours of pick-up. Clearfield City does not provide garbage collection for multi-unit and commercial customers.Trash service will be delayed by one day on the following holidays:New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.Please contact call our office at 801-525-2701 for questions about damaged cans or missed trash pick-up.


The North Davis County Landfill/Burn Plant accepts trash directly from Davis County residents. However, as of March 2016, the landfill no longer accepts recyclables.  Please contact Wasatch Energy Systems at 801-614-5600 for hours, location, and further information.

Other City Collection Programs

Spring and Fall Clean-up

Spring clean-up is in April and Fall clean-up is in October.  Historically, vouchers good for one trip to the landfill are delivered in the April  and October utility bill.

Dumpster Rental

The city budget has set aside a limited amount to offer a reduced cost neighborhood dumpster rental.  The total cost is $100.  Applicant must find two neighbors willing to participate and sign the application. Please contact City Hall at 801-525-2701 to obtain additional information and schedule drop-off and pick-up times.

Christmas Tree Removal

Clearfield City provides Christmas Tree Removal in January. Place the tree out to the curb. Remove all decorative material and cut the tree into pieces not exceeding 4 feet in length.

Contact Info


55 South State Street
Clearfield, UT 84015
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.