Glass recycling in Salt Lake park now a little more colorful

Nov 24, 2020, 4:46 PM
glass recycling SLC Liberty Park...
Calling it a highly visible statement piece in Liberty Park, SLC and Momentum Recycling have unveiled a new public glass recyling bin. Photo credit: Momentum Recycling

SALT LAKE CITY — You can call the new public glass recycling bin in Liberty Park a statement piece. Because that’s how Salt Lake City government describes it.

Or you can call it a public art piece. Or just a pretty dumpster.

In any case, there’s a colorful new dumpster available for public glass recycling in Salt Lake City’s Liberty Park. And you can’t miss it for the hand-painted wrap-around mural of Utah’s famous red rock arches. Local artist Josh Scheuerman painted the bin.

“As a native Utahn, I feel responsible for the wild and natural places,” Scheuerman said. “I believe it’s vitally important for new technology and information to help increase recycling alongside local art.”

Glass recycling a priority for Salt Lake City government

The new bin reflects a priority for the government of Salt Lake City.

“We take the stewardship of our environment to heart in Salt Lake City,” said Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall.

“I’m excited to celebrate the importance of glass recycling, which is the most local form of recycling in the City. We hope it inspires more people to use this service.”

RELATED: 40% of Salt Lake City’s trash should end up in the recycling bin instead

Salt Lake City government partners with a company called Momentum Recycling. In a statement, Mayor Mendenhall’s office said Momentum helped the city keep 1,550 tons of glass out of the landfill in 2019.

What happens with glass recycling

When taken to Momentum Recycling, glass is processed into glass cullet, a material used in the manufacturing of fiberglass insulation. The recycled glass is also used to make new glass containers and products for construction purposes.

“We’re proud of our community, and we know the community is proud to recycle,” said Jason Utgaard, General Manager of Momentum Recycling.

Salt Lake City and Momentum say they plan to put a mural on at least one other dumpster in the next few months. 

Today’s Top Stories


The Utes are 2021 Pac-12 champions for the first time in program history.  Photo courtesy of Utah A...
Mark Jackson

Utes win first ever Pac-12 championship; get first ever Rose Bowl appearance Jan. 1

(Salt Lake City, UT)  —  Congratulations to 2021 Pac-12 champions Utah Utes after a 38-10 beating of the Oregon Ducks Friday night.  The Utes entered Friday night’s game 0-2 in their first two attempts at a conference title, but hit big in Las Vegas in front of a crowd of 56,511 at Allegiant Stadium.  Utah takes […]
10 hours ago
Photo: Salt Lake City School District...
Paul Nelson

Educators trying to bring resource officers back to SLC schools

Before the pandemic, ten Salt Lake City Police officers were assigned to protect students on the campuses of the school district.  Currently, there are only five patrolling the halls.
1 day ago
(Screen grab taken from Thursday's Cache County School District Board meeting.  Video: Cache County...
Paul Nelson

Racist Halloween costumes lead to emotional meeting on racism in Cache County

Some residents tell the Cache County School District that racism is far too common, while others say the response to the incidents was also inappropriate. 
1 day ago
3 bridges being replaced as part of UDOT reconstruction project. Photo: https://www.flickr.com/phot...
Eliza Craig

UDOT to close I-80 in Salt Lake City Saturday night

UDOT will close I-80 in both directions between 700 East and Foothill Drive in Salt Lake City on Saturday night.
1 day ago
ZooLights amur tiger...
Kelsey Earl

Utah’s Hogle Zoo introduces new Amur tiger, Sasha

Sasha, an Amur tiger from Kansas, is making herself at home in the Asian Highlands exhibit at Utah's Hogle Zoo. About 500 Amur tigers live in the wild.
1 day ago
Omicron variant Photo: Canva...
Becky Bruce

Omicron variant of COVID-19 detected in first Utah patient

Utah health officials confirmed the state's first patient to test positive for the omicron variant of COVID-19 Friday. 
1 day ago
Glass recycling in Salt Lake park now a little more colorful