Green Waste – What you need to know!

Green Waste: Where does it go?

Green waste includes anything that was grown in your garden, such as twigs and branches, leaves, flowers, and grass clippings.

West Jordan has provided green waste bins since 2003. Until last year, a green waste-only truck would collect the contents of these bins. The waste was processed by Trans-Jordan Landfill and turned into mulch, then sold to the public. 

TransJordan no longer maintains a dedicated green waste service. Today, that green waste joins the regular trash in the landfill. Which plays a pretty beneficial role. Green waste in a landfill helps in the decomposition of all the materials.

Benefits of Green Waste in the Landfill

  • When plants and other green waste break down without any air, they make a gas called methane.
  • Trans-Jordan then collects that gas and sends it through pipes to an energy conversion station.
  • Murray City buys that energy which is put into the power grid – it’s enough to power 5,000 homes for an entire year.
  • Converting landfill gas to energy offsets the need for non-renewable resources and reduces air pollution.

Continue to Use Green Waste Cans

Continue to use the green waste cans as usual, from the first full week of April through the last full week of November. West Jordan is looking into different ways to process green waste, from finding a different company to process the green waste into mulch, or discontinuing the green waste program entirely and sending everything to the landfill.

Continuing to use your green waste bins is crucial, even though the green waste now ends up in the landfill. This practice not only helps with efficient waste management but also contributes to energy production.

aerial view of West Jordan neighborhood