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Bulk Trash & Green Organics

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Program information:  

Tempe has enhanced its Mixed Bulk Trash and Green Organics program to provide a more environmentally-friendly service while also reducing costs, fuel usage and vehicle emissions. This program includes convenient mixed bulk trash collection and the collection and composting of your yard trimmings. Tempe residents receive bulk trash collection and green organics collection every other month for all of the bulky items that can’t fit in your regular trash bin.

The green organic material is taken to our facility and turned into compost. Tempe's compost is placed in community parks, golf courses and schools.  It is also available to Tempe residents. The compost has many beneficial uses including: walking paths, dust/erosion control and gardening. 

The city also provides seasonal drop off locations for Christmas trees and special collections during monsoon season.

Please check your area map at the link below for your collection schedule. Note to homeowners: City code states that landscapers cannot use alleys or streets for disposal - only homeowners who do the work themselves can place their green waste in alleys or streets for collection.

 2020 Bulk Trash and Green Organics Full Schedule 

Acceptable Items 

  • Furniture, large items (items that are unable to be donated)
  • Non-Freon appliances (washers and microwaves - since these can be recycled, please consider dropping them off at the Household Products Collection Center)

The Household Products Collection Center is closed in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19).


Unacceptable Items

  • Appliances with Freon (refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers, ac units)
  • Hazardous materials (paints, oil)
  • Construction and remodeling waste (drywall, flooring and roofing materials)
  • Tires  

These items can be recycled at Tempe's Household Products Collection Center

The Household Products Collection Center is closed in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Green Organics Acceptable Items

  • Tree trimmings and brush (tree limbs, branches, trunks and stumps) 4 foot lengths max or less and no more than 19 inches in diameter. 
  • Leaves, pine needles, grass, small hedge clippings and weeds (placed in cardboard box or compostable bag)
  • Cactus clippings (placed in cardboard box)
  • Palm fronds and oleanders (These were previously not accepted. Now they are!)

Green Organics Unacceptable Items

  • Bulk trash items (as listed above) 
  • Hazardous materials (paints, oil) 

Green Bin Curbside Program

  • Yard waste, including grass
  • Palm fronds and oleanders are now accepted in the green bins.
  • Click here for specific curbside program information which varies from collection programs in other cities. 

Bulk and Green Organics General Guidelines

Collection amount 

The amount of green and mixed waste allowed for each collection will be limited to approximately 10 cubic yards – roughly the size of a small SUV. 

When to put your material out

Items should be placed out for collection no earlier than 10 days prior to the Monday of your collection week and no later than 6 a.m. on Monday of your collection week. There must be four feet in between the bulk and green organics piles and both piles must be four feet away from electrical boxes.

Residents with alleys: Please consider placing your items out the weekend immediately prior to the start of your collection week to reduce contamination and increase diversion from the landfill.  Place all items in the alley along your fence line so the collection vehicles can pass. Bulky items must be a minimum of four feet from utility boxes and four feet from the green organics bulk pile. 

Helpful tip: Plan your major brush and bulk disposal projects around the city’s collection schedule to avoid putting out your material too early. Residents who place their material out prior to the 10-day rule are subject to fines.   

Alternative Pickup Options

Need service during your off-month or during monsoon season? Tempe residents have two convenient alternatives to curbside and alley pickup.   

Transfer station/public dump

Tempe residents have access to a transfer station for delivering bulk trash - up to 1,000 pounds, once per month - at no charge.

Sky Harbor has instituted a new safety regulation that all residents are required to wear safety vests while at the Transfer Station. If visitors do not have one they can purchase one at Sky Harbor for $1.00. 

Call-in service

Residents can request a Bulk Trash or Green Organics pickup outside of their regular schedule for a fee. Call 480-350-4311 for prices or to schedule a pickup. 

Green organics drop-offs and compost pick-ups:



Monday – Saturday: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Sundays and major holidays: closed 

Clean green 

Please remember that all incoming green organics material to the compost facility is to be free of any other material. Only clean green. Mixed loads will not be accepted. 

  • Green organics are collected during the bulk trash pickups . (With 4-foot separation of piles.)
  • Green organics curbside bins are available in several areas across the city.