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More materials added to Phoenix’s recycling program

[Source: City of Phoenix] — Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the city’s Phoenix Recycles program is one of the first and largest commingled recycling programs in the nation.  More than a million tons of recyclables have been collected and processed since the program began in 1989.

As part of that celebration, Phoenix Recycles announced the addition of several items as acceptable in blue recycling containers.

  1. All hard plastic containers 1-7 with the exception of number 6 foam and plastic bags.  (Remember that plastic bags can be taken to any Bag Central Station location at your local grocery store.)
  2. Beverage and frozen food boxes (wet strength paperboard)
  3. Shredded paper must be in a tied, clear plastic bag so sorters can identify the materials.

For more information on the Phoenix Recycles program, contact the city of Phoenix Public Works Department at 602-495-2441.

Learn how to “green” your home and Phoenix neighborhood

[Source: City of Phoenix] — Have you ever wondered what happens to your garbage once it’s picked up by the city?  Do you know what kind of trees to plant at your home and where? These and other environmental-related questions will be addressed to provide residents practical tips to “green” their homes and neighborhood during a free summit from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 20, at the 27th Avenue Solid Waste Facility, 3060 S. 27th Ave.

Other items that will be reviewed include recycling, household waste, urban forestry, water conservation, and energy conservation.

The summit is coordinated by the Neighborhood Services Department, with staff participation from the Public Works, Parks and Recreation, and Water Services departments, and Office of Environmental Programs.  “There are so many simple and easy things people can do in and around their homes to help the environment and help themselves,” said Jerome Miller, Neighborhood Services director.  “Hopefully, this summit will inspire them to take productive action.”  For more information or to register, call 602-534-8444.

After the big storm, Phoenix schedules bulk trash collection

The City of Phoenix Public Works Department has announced a special neighborhood bulk trash collection for the hardest hit storm-damaged neighborhoods.  The boundaries for the special bulk trash collection are:

  • I-17 to the SR51, from Van Buren St. north to Maryland Ave.
  • Shea Blvd. north to Thunderbird Rd. (also including the area south of Shea to the Mountain Preserve), from 36th St. east to Tatum Blvd.
  • Central Ave. to 12th St., from Dunlap Ave. north to Cactus Rd.

The city will begin bulk trash pick-ups in these areas on Saturday, Sept. 6, but residents can place materials in their normal collection area beginning today.  Residents are being asked to separate their “green” waste, such as tree limbs, branches, and leaves, from other storm debris.  The green waste will be chipped and reused as mulch. Residents also can bring their trash and debris for free to the city’s transfer stations:

  • 27th Ave. and Lower Buckeye Rd., M-F, 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat., 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • I-17 and Dixileta Dr., M-F, 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Residents should cover their loads and bring a city water bill or driver’s license for proof of residency.  For questions about areas outside of these boundaries or for other general information, call 602-262-7251 or send an e-mail.  (Photo courtesy of Steve Weiss.)