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WEST JORDAN — The wind is bringing with it a nasty problem for one West Jordan neighborhood. Homeowners say garbage is blowing over from a nearby recycling plant.
"Ever since they moved in, it's nothing but paper, paper, paper when the wind blows," said resident Gary Rasmussen, who said he’s been watching this happen for several years now.
"Today is clean, actually. Usually, it's everywhere. Paper, paper, you know? It's crazy,” said Denny Garcia, who said a lot of it ends up trapped in his yard.
"It's really bad. So after a windy day ... a lot of people around here (are) picking up trash," Garcia said.
The recycling plant in question is the Waste Management Recycling Center in West Jordan. A written response from a Waste Management spokeswoman said: "At Waste Management, we take being a good neighbor seriously. We have several measures in place to contain materials that are brought to our facility, ranging from physical barriers to dedicated staff who daily monitor and clean up debris that may escape."
But homeowners said they haven't seen a difference.
“Every time the wind blows, I’m out here, cleaning up myself,” Rasmussen said.
Near 3300 South and 900 West in Salt Lake City, Rocky Mountain Recycling says they've dealt with similar issues in this industrial area. While they've added 30-foot fences and say they stop production during windstorms, they say major contributors are plastic grocery bags.
"Come after a good windy day and there's trash all up and down the street,” Garcia said.
And while that may not be the only problem in West Jordan, waste managers say those bags are often best recycled back at the grocery store bins. Some recyclers have even stopped accepting these bags. If you feel you must throw them in the garbage, tie them in a knot, as they're less likely to blow away.
Contributing: Xoel Cardenas