Save Money and Recycle Tempe

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Tempe's new Solid Waste program SMART, Save Money and Recycle Tempe, is a voluntary program for residents with curbside trash can service who want to save money by recycling more and help the environment by choosing a smaller trash can.

Lots of Tempe residents are excited about SMART and here’s why:

  • Potentially reduces material that is landfilled
  • Saves residents money on their monthly bills
  • Reduces the amount of trash thrown away, increase the amount of recycling
  • Helps to reach Tempe City Council residential diversion and recycling goals

Here's a video that shows the bins and how many kitchen bags will fit into them. SMART Bin Right size video

2018 Rates and sizes of bins

Trash/landfill bins

96-gallon

Standard

65-gallon

Medium

48-gallon

Small

2018 Monthly charge

$25.09

$21.61

$19.70

2018 Yearly total

$301.08

$259.32

$236.40

2018 Yearly cost savings with SMART bins

$0

$41.76

$64.68

**Pre-order SMART bins online now. SMART BIN ORDER FORM. SMART bins will be available in July of 2018.**

smart bin options 

 SMART Program Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is Tempe the first city to implement this kind of program?

 Similar programs exist in cities and towns across the country, including in Maricopa County. They are commonly referred to as a “Pay as you throw” program. 

  • I want to know how much money this program is costing the city.

 On average, each bin costs $50 and we’re expecting the money we save via a reduction in landfill fees to cover the costs.  When residents reduce their trash, it reduces costs for the city. Less waste and more recycling mean that fewer natural resources are used.

  • Does throwing away less trash really make a difference?

Putting less waste in trash bins can make a big environmental difference. When people generate less waste and recycle more, fewer natural resources are used and there is less pollution from manufacturing. Valuable landfill space is conserved as well, reducing the need to site new facilities.

  • How will I know what size bin I should downsize to?

 Tempe staff have conducted tests to determine how many kitchen-sized trash bags will fit into both the 48- and 65-gallon bins. For the 48-gallon, small SMART bin, we estimate 2-3 white, kitchen size trash bags. For the 65-gallon, medium SMART bin, we estimate 4-5 white, kitchen size trash bags. The amount of trash bags per bins will vary, based on the fullness of the bags. All trash bin lids must shut all the way, when closed. Please remember to bag and tie your trash bags.

  • What happens if I have a special circumstance where I have an unusual amount of trash? Like when I have a party, holidays, out-of-town guests, etc.? 

The easiest thing to do is to ask a neighbor if you can use their trash bin. They may have extra room. You can call Tempe 311 480-350-4311 to schedule a pickup outside of your regular schedule for a fee. Or you can also take your extra trash to the public dump. Please visit http://www.tempe.gov/city-hall/public-works/recycling-and-solid-waste/transfer-stations-public-dump for more info.

  • How can I learn more about how to recycle? 

 For information about how to properly recycle, please visit www.tempe.gov/SMART.

  • How will you ensure that residents aren’t asking for a smaller trash container and simply throwing trash in the recycling bin?

 The city will increase random inspections of recycling bins throughout the city to ensure compliance. If found to be out of compliance, residents will be educated on the proper recycling process. Upon the third violation, the resident will be removed from the program.

  • Why can’t alleyway residents participate?

Alleyway residents will have the option to participate once the process for relocating trash service (weekly and bulk trash) is approved. While we are diligently working on the process, participation in moving trash services from alleyway to curbside will require a certain percentage of affected alleyway residents agreeing to the proposed service changes and signing consent forms. In the meantime, we are only able to service curbside residents due to access issues and limited space in the alleyways.

  • When will the option to move curbside occur for alleyway residents?

 This option will be available later in 2018.

  • As an alleyway resident, how can I reduce my bill? 

 There is currently no option, however we are working on a plan to give residents the option to move bins from alleyway to curbside in 2018, therefore allowing participation in the SMART program. Opting into this voluntary program will then allow residents to choose 48- or 65-gallon bins, and pay less on their monthly bills.

 

 

EventDate/Time
06/20/2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM