Recycling is getting a whole lot easier in Phoenix. The City of Phoenix has launched ECO Stations, a new pilot program to help reduce the amount of waste going to the landfill. The stations are a part of the city’s Reimagine Phoenix initiative which aims to divert 40% of their waste from the landfill by year 2020. Recycling helps Phoenix become a cleaner city, creates jobs and reduces the need for raw materials to make products.
ECO Stations are large recycling containers located near parks or multi-family housing. In the City of Phoenix, many apartment complexes or business owners do not have access to recycling services so the new stations provide an opportunity for residents and businesses owners to bring their items to a central location for free, ensuring that these items head to a new life rather than a landfill.
What Can You Recycle?
The ECO Stations accept co-mingled recycling, meaning that recyclable items can be mixed together instead of sorted by type of material. Each station has information about the “Top 10 in the Bin,” which are the most common items in your household that can be recycled including cardboard, paper, food boxes, mail, beverage cans, food cans, glass bottles, jars (glass and plastic), jugs and plastic bottles with caps on. Items should be clean, dry and not in a plastic trash bag. A full list of acceptable and unacceptable items can also be found on the City’s website. Materials go to the City’s Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) where they are sorted and sent to recyclers.
City of Phoenix staff visits the ECO Stations daily to monitor and check for items that end up in the containers that are not acceptable. Common contaminates include plastic bags, electronics, and yard waste. So far, the stations have a low rate of contamination and have been filling up steadily.
Where Can I Drop My Recycling?
There are eight ECO stations located around the city:
Deer Valley Park - 19602 N. 19th Ave, Phoenix 85027
Paradise Valley – 17642 N. 40th St, Phoenix 85032
Sweetwater Park – 13230 N. 44th Pl, Phoenix 85032
Steele Park – 300 E. Indian School Rd, Phoenix 85012
Washington Park – 6655 N. 23rd Ave, Phoenix 85015
Pecos Park – 17010 S. 48th St, Phoenix 85048
Desert West – 6602 W. Encanto Blvd, Phoenix 85035
Esteban Park – 3345 E. Roeser Rd, Phoenix 85040
For more information about the program please visit the city’s website.