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Slash the Trash logoGreen and Mixed Waste Collection 

Tempe has improved the way we collect green and mixed waste.

6 Collections Per Year:

  • 4 collections dedicated to GREEN WASTE ONLY – so it can be turned into nutrient-rich compost that goes back into our parks, golf courses and gardens
  • 2 collections for MIXED WASTE (uncontained bulk/brush and green waste)

Collection Amount:
The amount of green and mixed waste allowed for each collection will be limited to approximately 10 cubic yards – picture a pile about 15 feet long, 6 feet high and 3 feet deep, OR roughly the size of a full size pickup truck bed.

 Green Waste Pile

Trash Talk: Community Forums
April 26 & May 5



Transfer Stations/Public Dump

GREEN WASTE (vegetation):

  • Tree trimmings and brush (tree limbs, branches, trunks and stumps) must be cut into four-foot lengths or shorter and less than 19 inches in diameter.
  • Leaves, pine needles, small hedge clippings, etc. must be placed in a cardboard box or compostable lawn bag.
  • Cactus clippings must be placed in a sealed cardboard container so they aren't hazardous to collection employees.
  • NO oleanders, palm fronds, grass, weeds, or plastic-bagged items. These items are not allowed for Green Waste Collection because they don’t compost well. They should be placed out during Mixed Waste Collection or in your regular black/green trash bin if there's room.

MIXED (BULK) WASTE (those materials that are too large or bulky to fit in your black/green garbage container or blue recycling container):

  • Furniture, non-Freon appliances, such as washers and microwaves, and other items too large to fit in the trash bin.
  • Oleanders, palm fronds, bagged grass and weeds, other bagged items.
  • All Green Waste items, as listed above. (Note: Green Waste collected during Mixed Waste collection will not be composted.)


  • Plan your major brush and bulk disposal projects around the city’s collection schedule. See the schedule below or call 480-350-4311 for more information.
  • Items should be placed out for collection no earlier than the weekend immediately before your collection week and must be placed out for collection no later than 6 a.m. on Monday of your scheduled collection week.


Area A     Area C     Area E    Area G
Area B     Area D     Area F    Area H

      click on map below for printable pdf            Bulk Collection - All Areas





Last updated: 4/21/2014 5:03:19 PM