Mixed Bulk Trash & Green Organics

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Slash the Trash logoCurrent Bulk Trash & Green Organics Collection Schedule
July - December 2014

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INCREASED SERVICE COMING IN JANUARY 2015! 

Tempe is enhancing its Bulk Trash and Green Organics program to provide a more environmentally-friendly service while also reducing costs, fuel usage and vehicle emissions. The 2015 schedule includes more frequent pickups for mixed bulk trash and an optional program to recycle and compost most of your yard trimmings. Please check your area map for your collection schedule. 

2015 Bulk Trash and Green Organics Area Schedule

Mixed Bulk Trashbulkwaste

Beginning in January 2015, residents will receive mixed bulk trash pickups every other month. This material is too big to fit in your regular trash bin. All of it is taken to the landfill.  

ACCEPTABLE ITEMS

  • Furniture, large items 
  • Non-Freon appliances (washers and microwaves)
  • Yard waste such as oleanders, palm fronds, bagged grass and weeds
  • Green organic material that is mixed in with other bulk items (Note: This material will not be composted if mixed with bulk) 

UNACCEPTABLE ITEMS

  • Appliances with Freon (refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers, ac units)
  • Hazardous materials (paints, oil)

Green Organicsgreenwaste

The city has also reinvented its Green Organics program, which turns most yard waste into nutrient-rich compost. These optional pickups will occur seasonally, in spring, fall and winter, to coincide with the growing and trimming seasons. There will be a total of 3 pickups each year. Instead of going to the landfill, this material is taken to the city’s composting facility where it is recycled. 

ACCEPTABLE ITEMS

  • Tree trimmings and brush (tree limbs, branches, trunks and stumps)
  • Leaves, pine needles, small hedge clippings (placed in cardboard box or compostable bag)
  • Cactus clippings (placed in cardboard box)

UNACCEPTABLE ITEMS

  • Grass, palm fronds and oleanders - these items do NOT compost well and should go in your bulk trash pile instead
  • Bulk trash items (as listed above) 
  • Hazardous materials (paints, oil) 

General Guidelines

COLLECTION AMOUNT

Green Waste Pile

The amount of green and mixed waste allowed for each collection will be limited to approximately 10 cubic yards – picture a pile about 15 feet long, 6 feet high and 3 feet deep, OR roughly the size of a full size pickup truck bed. 

WHEN TO PUT OUT YOUR MATERIAL

Items should be placed out for collection no earlier than 10 days prior to the Monday of your collection week and no later than 6 a.m. on Monday of your collection week. Residents with alleys: Please consider placing your items out the weekend immediately prior to the start of your collection week to reduce contamination and increase diversion from the landfill.  

Helpful tip: Plan your major brush and bulk disposal projects around the city’s collection schedule to avoid putting out your material too early. Residents who place their material out prior to the 10-day rule are subject to fines.   

Alternative Pickup Options

Need service during your off-month? Tempe residents have two convenient alternatives to curbside and alley pickup.   

TRANSFER STATION (public dump)  

Tempe residents have access to two transfer stations for delivering bulk trash - up to 2,000 pounds, twice per month - at no charge:

  • Sky Harbor Regional Transfer Station
    2425 S. 40th Street, Phoenix
  • Lone Butte Transfer Station
    1000 S. Kyrene Road, Chandler

CALL-IN SERVICE 

For a small fee, residents can request a Bulk Trash or Green Organics pickup outside of their regular schedule. Call 480.350.4311 for more information or to schedule a pickup.