April 17, 2012
Residents of the Arcadia neighborhood participating in the Public Works Department’s Reduction and Diversion (Re-Di) Pilot Program will undergo their first city-assisted neighborhood clean-up. The clean-up will be held from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 21.
The Re-Di Arcadia Neighborhood is bordered by 40th Street east to 44th Street and Osborn Road north to Indian School Road. The staging area for the spring clean-up will be located at 42nd Place and Whitton Avenue.
“This is a great example of city workers rolling up their sleeves and working with residents to create change in our neighborhoods,” said Vice Mayor Michael Johnson. “This pilot program will provide Public Works with valuable information to continue leading the nation when it comes to reducing, reusing and recycling.”
During the clean-up, Public Works staff will be on hand to engage, aid and support residents with this new component of the pilot program, which exists to identify opportunities for increased efficiencies in the way Public Works collects bulk trash. Participating residents will have their bulk trash collected at their convenience twice per year. In addition, two annual community clean-ups will be offered – the first taking place on April 21 – to remove bulk trash, tires, green organics and metal.
Residents will be provided with all necessary tools and equipment, a refuse container and a special green organics container. For residents utilizing a green organics container, the items collected will be diverted to a mulch facility instead of the landfill.
The goal of this event is to encourage neighborhood pride and respect, increase neighbor interaction and collaboration, divert waste going to the landfill, and strengthen the relationship between the city of Phoenix and its residents.
Residents and Public Works staff will meet around 6 a.m. the day of the clean-up to coordinate and prepare, with cleaning efforts beginning around 7:30 a.m. Throughout the day, residents will collect and transport neighborhood waste to provided waste receptacles. A small tractor, operated by a Public Works employee, will assist with extra large loads.
Refreshments will be provided by the Weldon/Whitton Action Group.
For more information on the city’s Reduction and Diversion pilot program, call 602-262-6282 or email email@example.com.
|Stephanie Ribodal Romero