Shredding event: City, businesses host 'I Recycle Phoenix Festival'

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

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 or call 602-262-4820.

Recycled items taken:

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