Salt Lake City, county announce fee waiver extension at landfill for windstorm debris

(Rick Egan | Tribune file photo) Hundreds of headstones in the Salt Lake City Cemetery were damages in the recent wind storm, Sept. 18, 2020. Salt Lake City and county and extending a fee waiver for storm debris at the county landfill. It runs through Saturday.

It’s been more than two weeks since a historic windstorm struck the Wasatch Front — causing significant damage from Salt Lake City to Logan — and remnants of the damage continue to block sidewalks and sit in storm gutters.

But for anyone who hasn’t cleaned up damaged trees or branches quite yet, Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall and Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson said Wednesday that the landfill would extend its fee waiver for storm debris through close of business Saturday.

And in the meantime, the city says it plans to expand its own cleanup efforts this weekend.

“This has been a massive undertaking, not only by our city, but by cities across the state who have helped us to cut and clear the nearly 3,000 trees lost or damaged throughout Salt Lake City,” Mendenhall said in a news release. “Rolling out phase two of our citywide cleanup, coupled with the extension of the landfill fee waiver for residents, takes us another step closer to recovery from the storm.”

As the city enters its “phase two” cleanup, officials asked residents to place their remaining storm debris at their curb by this weekend, though it could take a few weeks to remove it. The city said it plans to get to all storm debris by mid-to-late October.

Salt Lake City residents are also able to request extra brown containers, which can be used to collect storm debris like leaves and small branches, the city said.

For more information, including on how to report a fallen city-owned tree or to report windstorm related damage to a home or business, residents can visit https://www.slc.gov/wind-damage-faqs/.