June 29, 2012
“With the change to same-day service, the city will save $1.3 million annually and $6.5 million over five years,” said Mayor Greg Stanton. “In addition to the convenience and cost savings, the change makes our city more sustainable by reducing the number of routes. This further shows how we are advancing our operations to strive to be the best in the nation.”
“It is continued innovations like same-day service that minimize the need for future solid waste fee increases,” said City Manager David Cavazos, who thought of the idea of switching to same-day service while visiting his family in Texas. “In fact, it’s been nearly four years since there has been a rate increase for solid waste services.”
Residents changing to same-day collection were mailed a postcard in late June notifying them of their new collection day. In some cases, residents will be changing to a new collection day and will not have their trash collected for more than a week. To remedy this, there will be a special collection for those residents on Saturday, July 7.
Residents with alley service will continue as usual with trash being collected in the alley, but it may be collected on a new day. Alley service customers with curbside recycling will still need to place their recycling containers at the curb for collection on their assigned day.
The change to “Same Day” collection will not affect every household in the city. There is a small percentage of Phoenix residents who currently require a unique method of solid waste and recycling collection due to challenges mostly involving our garbage trucks and size of the street or housing unit. These households were notified that they will not be changing to same-day service.
As part of the change, residents are asked to place both containers four feet apart on the curb. As usual, containers must be out by 5:30 a.m. on day of collection, trash and grass must be bagged and tied, and container lids must be closed.
To find your new collection day and for more information on the benefits of switching to same-day service, visit phoenix.gov/publicworks, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 602-262-7251 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.
|Stephanie Ribodal Romero