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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Salt Lake City is expanding its yard waste and glass recycling programs.

The city is adding 18 drop-off sites where residents can leave glass to be recycled. Salt Lake City currently just three glass drop-off locations.

Residents are also getting a yard-waste bin this month to collect material to be used as compost, including leaves, grass clippings, tree branches and vegetable scraps. The city hopes to have the bins all delivered by the end of the month.

According to the city, the goal of the program is to recycle more than 10,000 tons of waste into compost and keep 24 tons of plastic leaf bags from going to the landfill.

Mayor Ralph Becker said in a statement Tuesday that the city is recycling only at a 19 percent rate.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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