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Solid Waste Reminder

Solid Waste Reminders

In keeping with previous years, our 2022 Community Survey results highlighted a continuation of overall high levels of satisfaction with the various municipal and safety services we provide to the community. One service area that stood out for a significant jump in resident satisfaction was our solid waste collection – a testament that our transition from the old “pay as you throw” program to a more streamlined approach with Local Waste was the right thing to do.

The numbers are impressive:

  • Garbage collection ratings of “excellent” or “good” shot up from 58% in 2017 to 93% in 2022;
  • Yard waste collection increased from 64% in 2017 to 89% in 2022; and
  • Recycling collection improved from 68% in 2017 to 92% in 2022

We do have some reminders to share on various solid waste requirements that residents should follow, so that you are doing your part to ensure the program’s ongoing success.

Screening Requirements
Households should keep trash and recycling containers out of view from the street, except when putting them at the curb before your collection day. Options are to store the containers in an enclosed structure, such as your garage or shed. If you are unable to store them inside, containers should be stored to the side or rear of the residence and steps should be taken to screen them from street view. This can be accomplished with a natural landscaped barrier or with fencing that is a minimum of 42 inches in height. Full details of this requirement can be found within §7.15(A)4 of the Unified Development Ordinance.

When to Put Containers at the Curb
In an effort to preserve community aesthetics, the City also restricts the length of time that trash and recycling containers can be out at the curb in advance of and following your collection day. Per UA Streets and Services Code §935.02, containers or materials for collection should not be placed at the curb any earlier than 6 pm of the day preceding your collection day but must be out ready for collection by no later than 7 am of collection day. Following collection, containers must be removed from the curb and returned to their regular storage location by 7 am of the next day.

Correct Placement of Containers
For ease of access, trash and recycling containers should be placed at least three feet apart from other items, and away from parked cars, so that the collection crews have unobstructed access. Place containers so that the lid openings are facing into the street.

Full details of our Solid Waste Program, including recycling guidelines and accepted bulk items, can be found by clicking here.

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