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Tempe invites residents to talk trash

Community conversations to focus on City's solid waste services

Post Date:03/28/2014

The City of Tempe is hosting a community conversation about its solid waste services, featuring recent modifications to the green waste and bulk trash collection service. Tempe officials want to hear from residents about how the city’s new green waste and bulk trash collection program is working for them. Residents are encouraged to attend one of two public forums – Saturday, April 26 at 9 a.m. or Monday, May 5 at 6 p.m. Both forums will be held at the Tempe History Museum, 809 E. Southern Ave., and both will cover the same information.

Last July, the city changed the way it collects bulk and green waste in order to increase efficiency and sustainability, moving from monthly collection to six collections per year, with four collections dedicated to green waste and two collections for mixed waste (bulky items and green waste). These changes allow the city to divert green organics from the landfill while creating nutrient-rich compost, save valuable landfill space, reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, and keep solid waste service charges as low as possible, while increasing efficiency and helping the environment.

At the forums, Tempe staff will share information about the city’s trash and recycling services and cover specific topic areas, including working with the modified collection schedule, the green organics to compost element of the program, and illegal dumping/misuse of the service. Residents can share their experiences, including what challenges they’re experiencing, how they feel about having their green waste turned into compost, what they like about the new collection procedures and suggestions for improvement.

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