New year brings changes to sanitation district

New year brings changes to sanitation district
Posted on 12/20/2012

New name, same services. That’s the news from Salt Lake County Special Service District #1 (Sanitation) as they look forward to some significant changes starting in January 2013.


The sanitation district has provided garbage collection services for unincorporated Salt Lake County as well as Cottonwood Heights, Taylorsville, Holladay and Herriman since it was created in 1977. At that time, the Salt Lake County Commission served as the district’s board of trustees. Though the sanitation district is a separate taxing entity from Salt Lake County, the county became the district’s service provider--hiring employees and managing the district’s funds.

As the concept of local control developed and the county’s governing body changed, the trustees created an administrative control board to oversee the sanitation district. Over the past two years both the county and the control board have voiced a desire to have the district function as its own independent entity rather than having the county provide employees and manage funds for the district.

The control board passed a resolution recommending the change in May, and the county council then ratified that decision at their meeting on June 5. The sanitation district will function as the Wasatch Front Waste and Recycling District beginning Jan. 1, 2013.

Though the sanitation district will now function independently from the county, the same employees will provide the services and the fees will not increase because of the change. Since the sanitation district collects its own funds, tax revenue to Salt Lake County will not be affected.

For more information, contact the sanitation service district by calling (385) 468-6325 or visiting www.sanitation.slco.org.