Rest area recycling program launched by ADOT

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By Jayson Chesler By Jayson Chesler
By Jayson Chesler By Jayson Chesler

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Department of Transportation has started a recycling program that's aiming to get recycling containers in highway rest areas statewide, according to a press release.

The program involves partnership between ADOT and recycling vendors to both install the containers, which will include larger bins and smaller, blue containers, and to collect the recyclables at least once a week.

Currently, the program has only made its way to three rest areas, but it's intended to eventually reach every rest area along the state highway system. The first three rest areas participating are the McGuireville rest area along I-17, the Hassayampa rest area along US 60 and the Ehrenberg rest area along I-10 near the California state line.

The rest area recycling program is being implemented at no cost to ADOT. ADOT has partnered with the Infrastructure Corporation of America, a private company, to oversee the recycling vendors. The ICA already operates and maintains the state's rest areas.

For a map of rest areas, visit ADOT's online Map Book.