Recycling and Solid Waste



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Compost giveaway open to all Valley residents on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016

Tempe is hosting another free compost giveaway on Saturday, October 1 that is open to residents of all Valley cities.  

When: Saturday, Oct. 1, 6-10 a.m.
Where: Solid Waste Compost Facility, 55 North Rio Rd. (cross streets: Rio Salado Parkway & Hardy Drive)
Directions: From Priest, go east on Rio Salado Pkwy to Hardy. Turn left (north) onto Hardy and follow signs to the compost yard.

Additional Info:  Please bring your own bags or containers – bags will not be provided. Although Solid Waste and Recycling Services staff will be on hand to direct vehicles and answer questions, please be prepared to shovel compost into your own bags, vehicles and trailers. If possible, bring your own shovel. There is no limit to the amount of compost per vehicle; however, it will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Zero Waste Day is Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016

Recycle your plastic bags and wrap, electronics, appliances, building materials, automobile tires, scrap metal, clothing, furniture, household items, books, automotive products and documents for secure shredding. You must show proof of Tempe residency through a driver's license or utility bill.

When: Saturday, November 12, 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: Tempe Fire Training Facility, 1340 East University Dr. (directly north of Household Products Collection Center)

For a comprehensive list of what we will take and what we won’t, please visit

Bulk Trash and Green Organics Schedule

Your curbside or alley Green Organics collection returns in July and August. Click here for more information on the 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.   

2016 Bulk Trash and Green Organics Area Schedule

2016 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. 

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10/26/2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
11/12/2016 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM