PHOENIX -- Businesses throughout the Valley teamed up with the city of Phoenix to put on Keep Phoenix Beautiful's free "I Recycle Phoenix Festival" Friday.
From personal documents to computer hard drives to Christmas trees, pretty much everything was fair game. The free "recycle-palooza" was meant to offer Valley residents one convenient location to recycle a variety of things. Check the list below to see what recyclable items will be taken and by whom.
The only things people could bring to the event were hazardous waste materials like pesticides, paint, tires and single-use batteries. You can, however, get information about how and where these things can be safely disposed.
"It's getting rid of some junk and it's not supposed to go in the landfill," said Jerry Freeman, who was recycling electronics. "I heard about this and i thought it was a good way to accomplish both things."
In addition to handing off recyclables, people also had the opportunity to learn some creative to "live green."
3TV was one of the man sponsors of the winter "I Recycle Phoenix Festival."
The event got under way at 8 a.m., but people were lined up well before then.
"Phoenix was one of the first cities 25 years ago to do recycling, and to see the amount of activity here in Phoenix is tremendous," said Tom Waldeck of Keep Phoenix Beautiful.
For more information about future events, visit KeepPhxBeautiful.org or call 602-262-4820.
Live Christmas trees (chipped on-site): A to Z Equipment Rentals & Sales
Hard Drive Shredding and Electronics Recycling: Westech Recyclers & AZStrut
Television, Laptop and Desktop Computer Recycling: Westech Recyclers & AZStrut
Residential Paper Shredding: Arizona Center for the Blind
(complimentary shredding of up to 5 boxes per person, donation requested for additional boxes)
Phone Book Recycling: Dex
Christmas Lights: City of Phoenix
Christmas Decorations: American Textile Recycling Services Arizona for the Weldon House
Lightbulb Recycling (incandescent): APS
Residential Recycling: City of Phoenix
Cell Phones: Verizon Wireless
Rechargeable Batteries: Batteries Plus
Toner, Ink Jet Cartridges and Writing Utensils: Office Max
Clothing and Household Donations: Goodwill of Arizona
Food Donations: ICM Food and Clothing Bank
Lots of Misc Items (list in Word file here): Treasures 4 Teachers
Recycling Education: Maricopa Country