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Recycling Drop-Off Program FAQ

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When does this take effect?

The new drop-off facility opens on July 1, which also marks the end of the curbside pickup program. The final curbside recycling collection will occur on Friday, June 21.

What happens to my blue bin?

After July 1, City refuse customers are welcome to keep their blue bins and use them for other purposes. Do not place them curbside for trash or recycling pickup, as City crews will not pick them up after June 21. If you no longer want the blue bin, call the Public Works Department at (520) 458-5775 and we’ll take it. Please allow for up to 30 days for pick up, depending on how many customers request to turn in their blue bins.

Where do I recycle?

The recycling facility is located at 7201 E. Hwy 90 at mile marker 325. Hours of operation will be Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. starting July 1. It is free to drop off recyclables regardless of where you live.

What materials are accepted?

Clean aluminum and steel cans, corrugated cardboard, plastic containers with the numbers 1 or 2, and clean glass bottles and jars.

Do I need to clean or pre-sort materials?

Recyclables should be cleaned and any lids on glass bottles/jars must be removed. Lids and labels do not need to be removed from plastics 1 and 2. They do not need to be presorted, but doing so will make the process smoother and faster for our staff.

What about my trash pickup schedule?

The Thursday or Friday recycling pickup will become a second weekly trash pickup, effective July 1.

Will my refuse bill decrease?

No, rates will not be decreased as a result of this. All customers will receive two weekly pickups for trash, as it was prior to implementation of the curbside recycling program.

Will my refuse bill increase?

No, there is no refuse rate/bill increase currently being proposed. There is a proposal to increase or establish fees tied to special programs like residential dumpsters (not curbsides bins), special pickups and green waste pickups, and compost. This proposal will be presented to the City Council in June. Like the recycling operational changes, these fee adjustments are being proposed to help keep the overall refuse rates/bills all City customers pay as stable as possible.

Why was this change necessary?

It’s necessary due to a global decline in the recycling market. The City has been working on ways to adapt to the sudden market changes since January, 2018. For more details, refer to the following press releases:

Will this result in any staff changes?

No staff members will lose their jobs and no new positions will be added due to changes in the recycling program. The routes that were recycling pickups will now be additional trash pickups each week, as they were before the curbside recycling program was introduced. The City does need to staff the new recycling facility to avoid contamination and ensure the commodities retain as much value as possible. The City plans to free up existing staff for the recycling center by realizing efficiencies in other areas within the refuse system.

Can I use my blue bin for yard/green waste pickups?

No, the City limits each container of yard/green waste to 50 pounds (which equates to a roughly 30 gallon container) because yard waste is picked up manually. The blue bins are 95 gallons and would become too heavy to facilitate manual pickup if filled. 

Can I use my blue bin for trash pickups?

No, blue bins may not be used for curbside pickup of trash. The City charges rates based on the size of green bins customers have and some customers actually pay for two bins already. Enabling customers to use the 95-gallon blue bins for trash at no additional cost would be unfair to customers who already pay for a larger bin or additional bin.

What if I need a different size bin?

Customers may call the Public Works Department at (520) 458-5775 to request a size change. The City will waive the delivery fee until August 30, 2019. After that date, the fee will be $25 to deliver a different sized bin.  Please note that your bill may increase or decrease depending on the size bin you request.

Can I request a blue bin if I do not have one?

The City is not be taking any requests for blue bins at this time. After seeing how many customers choose to turn in their blue bins, the City may offer them to members of the public. For now the City is not forming a wait list of people interested in picking up a blue bin. If the City is able to accommodate such requests in the future, an announcement will be made to that effect.