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Phoenix Starts Waste Reduction, Yard Waste Programs

Phoenix has begun a recycling-incentive waste collection program and a yard waste collection effort.

The first program is called Save As You Reduce and Recycle. The program offers residents the option to downsize from their current large waste container to a medium-sized cart for a monthly savings of $3 on their solid waste bill, according to a news release. It’s available to residents who have curbside service only and are part of the city’s recycling program.

The second initiative is the Green Organics Curbside Collection program, which provides residents with a large, tan container for yard waste. The program will be phased in and cost $5 per container a month.

The implementation of the new programs are the result of the city’s waste diversion initiative, Reimagine Phoenix, which calls for the city to divert 40 percent of its waste from the landfill by 2020.

“If we want to reach our goal of diverting 40 percent of trash, every Phoenix resident will have to play a part,” said Mayor Greg Stanton. “These new, creative options for solid waste show that our city is committed to finding solutions to be more sustainable.”

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