How Much Do We Throw Away?

SR85 Landfill Cell

Caption white: SR85 Landfill Cell

More than one million tons of solid waste is taken to the city’s SR85 Landfill each year. Approximately half is from residences and the other half from commercial entities like schools, apartments, factories, stores and offices. This total tonnage does not reflect material taken to privately owned landfills or by other cities in the metro Phoenix area. This total amount and volume of material could fill Chase Field top to bottom at least seven times each year. It also is equal to about one ton of garbage per resident per year (or 28 full garbage curbside containers per year). The recycling program has had the effect of extending the capacity of city landfills by diverting almost 120,000 tons of recyclables each year. These materials have a great number of high volume/low weight items including plastic bottles, cardboard boxes and aluminum cans.