Phoenix moves to single-day trash, recycling collection

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- The city of Phoenix is trashing its current garbage and recycling program in favor of a single-day collection plan.

For the past two decades, trash has been picked on one day and recyclables have been collected on another. Starting Monday, the city is picking up everything in one fell swoop.

The "New Way, Same Day" overhaul to the city's recycling and garbage program is expected to save Phoenix about $1.3 million per year and $6.5 million over the next five years.

City officials also say the single-day collection is good for residents because not only will they have to remember to put out their bins just once a week, their neighborhoods will be neater the rest of the time.

"By having containers out on only one day a week, neighborhoods will look cleaner and sidewalks and streets will be less cluttered," reads the city of Phoenix Public Works website.

Almost all of the 400,000 households in Phoenix will now roll out both their blue bins and their green bins at the same time, but the change has not been implemented for everyone. The residents who are affected received a flier about the change a month ago.

About 10,000 homes that are on narrow streets will not move to the same-day service. In addition, residents who throw away their garbage in an alley won't need to make any changes for trash service although they will have a new day to roll out their recycling bins.

According to the Phoenix city manager, the same-day collection, which was six months in the making, is more efficient all the way around.

There will still be two separate trucks -- one for garbage and one for recycling -- but instead of working four 10-hour days a week and not filling up, the trucks will work five days a week. Twelve routes will be eliminated, which means 12 fewer trucks and drivers on the road.

In addition, drivers will work most holidays so instead of pickup delays 11 days of the year, collection will only be affects on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

The city also hopes the same-day service will remind people to recycle on a consistent basis.

Glendale already offers same-day collection service to its residents, as do several cities throughout the country.

Trash and recycling containers must be in place on the curb by 5:30 a.m. on your assigned collection day. Be sure to keep the bins about four feet apart.

For more information or to learn your new collection day, visit or call 602-262-7251.