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Click here if you received an invite for the Pilot Curbside Green Organics Program.

 

Find your schedule for trash, recycling and bulk trash & green organics service. 

 

Bulk Trash and Green Organics Schedule

Click here for more information on the Bulk Trash and Green Organics program and follow the links below for your collection schedule. By participating in the program, you're closing the loop on this waste stream and helping to create nutrient-rich compost that is used at city parks, community gardens and given away to residents.   

2017 Bulk Trash and Green Organics Full Schedule

Free compost now available to Tempe residents by appointment

Need some compost right away? Now you don't need to wait until the next giveaway or Zero Waste Day. Tempe residents can pick up free compost by scheduling an appointment on Monday-Friday, between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. Please call 480-350-4311 to schedule an appointment. A current Tempe utility bill and identification are required. Please bring your own bag, truck or trailer. Staff will be on hand to assist with loading. 

Top 10 in the bin 

Do you recycle? Do you know what you can and cannot put in the blue bin? The City of Tempe has a recycling goal of 25% by 2020. To help achieve this goal, we need your help!

The top 10 things to put in your recycle bin are:

  1. broken down card board
  2. paper
  3. food boxes
  4. mail
  5. beverage cans
  6. food cans
  7. glass bottles
  8. jars (glass and plastic)
  9. jugs
  10. plastic bottles and caps

Did you know that you cannot put plastic bags and wraps into the blue bin? These soft plastics ruin the recycling equipment and cause challenges for recycling staff. You can recycle these items at your local grocery store, or save them for a Zero Waste Day. The city has two Zero Waste Days annually, in April and November.  At these events, you can also recycle Styrofoam, electronics and textiles, as they items cannot go into the blue bins. 

 

 

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July 4th Festival Street Closures & Bus Detours

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Tempe offers extended bus and light rail service for July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival

Tempe and Valley Metro make it easy for residents to get to the July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival, with more light rail vehicles, more buses and extended service hours. To help people get to and from the festival conveniently, Valley Metro Rail will operate a Sunday schedule with enhanced service starting at 5 p.m., and Tempe bus service will be extended with many routes running every 15 minutes until midnight.

Safety note: For people driving on Loop 202 or other freeways, pay attention and DON’T stop vehicles to watch fireworks.

Valley Metro Rail Service

Park for free at one of the designated Valley Metro Rail park-and-ride locations and ride the train for $2 per trip, per person. Passengers are encouraged to purchase an all-day pass for $4 at the start of the trip to avoid having to use busy fare vending machines in the downtown area at the end of the event. (Reduced All-Day passes are available for $2 for youth, people age 65 and older and people with disabilities.) Rail service will be enhanced beginning at 5 p.m. Check www.valleymetro.org or call 602-253-5000 for hours and frequencies. Park-and-ride locations include:

  • Apache Boulevard and Price Road
  • Apache Boulevard and McClintock Drive
  • Apache Boulevard and Dorsey Lane

Enhanced Bus & Orbit Service

On July 4, Tempe buses will run according to Sunday schedules until 5 p.m. After 5 p.m., most Tempe bus routes will run every 15 minutes northbound to downtown Tempe until 9 p.m. with return service until midnight on most southbound routes. The cost of the ride is $2 per trip, per person for regular bus routes – and Orbit is free. Many downtown Tempe bus and Orbit routes will drop off and pick up at the Tempe Transportation Center on the northeast corner of Fifth Street and Forest Avenue. Due to street restrictions, several downtown Tempe routes will be detoured to connect with light rail and will not serve their normal stops.

The following bus routes will operate every 15 minutes in the direction noted from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.:

  • 48 – 48th St/Rio Salado Pkwy. Northbound from Priest & Baseline to Tempe Transportation Center
  • 62 – Hardy/Guadalupe Northbound from Price and Guadalupe roads to Tempe Transportation Center
  • 65 – Mill/Kyrene Northbound from IKEA to Tempe Transportation Center
  • 66 – Mill/Kyrene Northbound from Kyrene and Warner roads to Tempe Transportation Center
  • 72 – Scottsdale/Rural Northbound from Ray Road to Tempe Transportation Center
  • Orbit Earth Westbound from Tempe Marketplace to Tempe Transportation Center
  • Orbit Jupiter Northbound from McClintock High School to Tempe Transportation Center
  • Orbit Mars Northbound from Southern Avenue and Evergreen Road to Tempe Transportation Center
  • Orbit Mercury Westbound from Escalante Center to Tempe Transportation Center
  • Orbit Venus Forward & Back

After 10 p.m., the bus routes listed below will depart as needed until midnight:

  • Orbit Earth, Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, and Venus
  • 48 – 48th St/Rio Salado Pkwy. Southbound to Baseline Road
  • 62 – Hardy/Guadalupe – Southbound to Guadalupe and Price roads
  • 65 – Mill/Kyrene Southbound to Warner Road
  • 66 – Mill/Kyrene Southbound to Warner Road
  • 72 – Scottsdale/Rural Southbound to Ray Road

Street Closures

  • Mill Avenue between Curry Road/Washington Street and Rio Salado Parkway closed in both directions from 7 a.m. July 4 until 5 a.m. July 5.
  • Mill Avenue between Rio Salado Parkway and 5th Street closed in both directions from noon July 4 until 2 a.m. July 5.
  • Mill Avenue between 5th Street and University Drive closed in both directions from approximately 4 p.m. July 4 until 2 a.m. July 5.
  • Northbound Ash Avenue north of 3rd Street closed from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 4.
  • Rio Salado Parkway between Hardy Drive and the access to Hayden Ferry Parking garage (just east of Mill Avenue) closed in both directions from 11 a.m. July 4 until 2 a.m. July 5.  Access to the Tempe Center for the Arts provided via Priest Drive to Rio Salado Parkway.  Access to the Hayden’s Ferry developments provided via Scottsdale Road to Rio Salado Parkway.
  • 5th Street between Ash Avenue and Forest Avenue closed in both directions from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. July 4. Local access maintained from Ash Avenue and Forest Avenue.
  • Eastbound Rio Salado Parkway between Priest and Hardy drives closed from 8:30 to 11 p.m. July 4.
  • Veterans Way/5th Street closed in both directions between College Avenue and University Drive from 8:30 to 11 p.m. July 4.
  • 5th Street closed in both directions between Forest and College avenues from 8:30 to 11 p.m. July 4.
  • Access to Center Pkwy via the Loop 202 eastbound on-ramp at Priest will be closed, all traffic will be diverted onto Loop 202 from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM July 4.
  • The Loop 202 eastbound and westbound on-ramps at Center Pkwy will be closed from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM July 4.
  • The Loop 202 eastbound and westbound off-ramps at Scottsdale Rd will be closed from 7:30 PM to 11:00 PM.

Bus detours effective at beginning of the service day to the end of the service day July 4.

  • 48 Northbound – Regular route east on Rio Salado Pkwy. to Priest Dr.; south on Priest Dr. to University Dr.; east on University Dr. to College Ave.; north on College Ave. to 5th St.; west on 5th St. to Tempe Transportation Center.; east on 5th St. to College Ave.; south on College Ave. to University Dr.; east on University Dr. to Rural Rd.; North on Rural Rd. to Rio Salado Pkwy.; East on Rio Salado Pkwy. To resume regular route.  
  • 48 Southbound – Regular route west on Rio Salado Pkwy. to Rural Rd.; south on Rural Rd. to University Dr.; west on University Dr. to College Ave.; north on College Ave. to 5th St.; west on 5th St. to Tempe Transportation Center; depart east on 5th St.; south on College Ave. to University Dr.; west on University Dr. to Priest Dr.; north on Priest Dr. to Rio Salado Pkwy.; west on Rio Salado Pkwy. to resume regular route.
  • 62 Northbound – Regular route south on Ash Ave. to 5th St.; continue south on Ash Ave. to University Dr.; east on University Dr. to College Ave.; north on College Ave. to 5th St.; west on 5th St. to Tempe Transportation Center to resume regular route. 
  • 62 Southbound – Regular route to Tempe Transportation Center; depart east on 5th St. to College Ave.; south on College Ave. to University Dr.; west on University Dr. to Ash Ave.; north on Ash Ave. to 5th St.; west on 5th St. to resume regular route.
  • 65 Northbound – Regular route north on Mill Ave. to University Dr.; east on University Dr. to College Ave.; north on College Ave. to 5th St.; west on 5th St. to Tempe Transportation Center.
  • 65 Southbound – Depart Tempe Transportation Center east on 5th St. to College Ave.; south on College Ave. to University Dr.; west on University Dr. to Mill Ave.; south on Mill Ave. to resume regular route.
  • 66 Northbound – Regular route north on Mill Ave. to University Dr.; east on University Dr. to College Ave.; north on College Ave. to 5th St.; west on 5th St. to Tempe Transportation Center.
  • 66 Southbound – Depart Tempe Transportation Center east on 5th St. to College Ave.; south on College Ave. to University Dr.; west on University Dr. to Mill Ave.; south on Mill Ave. to resume regular route.
  • Earth Eastbound – Depart Tempe Transportation Center east on 5th St. to College Ave.; south on College Ave. to University Dr.; east on University Dr. to Rural Rd.; north on Rural Rd./Scottsdale Rd. to resume regular route at Weber Dr.
  • Earth Westbound – Regular route south on Scottsdale Rd. to Weber Dr.; continue south on Scottsdale Rd./Rural Rd. to University Dr.; west on University Dr. to College Ave.; north on College Ave. to 5th St.; west on 5th St. to Tempe Transportation Center.
  • Mercury Eastbound – From Tempe Transportation Center, depart east on 5th St. to College Ave.; south on College Ave. to University Dr.; east on University Dr. to resume regular route.
  • Jupiter Northbound – Regular route to Mill Ave. and University Dr.; east on University Dr. to College Ave.; north on College Ave. to 5th St.; west on 5th St. to Tempe Transportation Center. 
  • Jupiter Southbound – From Tempe Transportation Center, south on College Ave. to University Dr.; west on University Dr. to Mill Ave.; south on Mill Ave. to resume regular route. 
  • Venus Forward – Regular route to 5th St. & Ash Ave.; south on Ash Ave. to University Dr.; east on University Dr. to College Ave.; north on College Ave. to 5th St.; west on 5th St. to Tempe Transportation Center to resume regular route.
  • Venus Back – Regular route to Tempe Transportation Center, depart east on 5th St. to College Ave.; south on College Ave. to University Dr.; west on University Dr. to Ash Ave.; north on Ash Ave. to 5th St.; west on 5th St. to resume regular route.

 Bus detours effective 8:30 PM until the end of the service day July 4. 

  • 72 Northbound – Regular route to Tempe Transportation Center, depart east on 5th St. to College Ave.; south on College Ave. to University Dr.; east on University Dr. to Rural Rd.; north on Rural Rd. to resume regular route.
  • 72 Southbound – Regular route to Tempe Transportation Center, depart east on 5th St. to College Ave.; south on College Ave. to University Dr.; east on University Dr. to McAllister Ave.; south on McAllister Ave. to resume regular route.

There will be no bus service to cities outside of Tempe after the event. Service to and from other cities will operate according to Sunday schedules. For information, call 602-253-5000 or visit valleymetro.org.

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