Glendale prepares for Super Bowl trash influx

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By Lindsay Robinson By Lindsay Robinson
By Lindsay Robinson By Lindsay Robinson
By Lindsay Robinson By Lindsay Robinson
By Lindsay Robinson By Lindsay Robinson
By Lindsay Robinson By Lindsay Robinson

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Glendale is bracing for a tidal wave of trash this February, and city waste management services are revving up to keep the city shining.

With the Pro Bowl, Super Bowl and Glendale Chocolate Affaire all packed into eight days, Glendale’s waste management teams are pairing up with Phoenix waste services to face the influx. The cities will share trash duties and receptacles, dumping waste at the nearest stations to keep up with the Super Bowl crowds. This plan of attack will save time, money and fresh air.

"We take pride in the fact that we give the best customer service that we can to our residents," City of Glendale recycling coordinator Debbie Coy said.

City waste services are expecting to collect about 260 tons of garbage and trash every day during the festivities, Coy said. Phoenix Public Works director John Trujillo hopes that much of this waste, though, won’t be headed to landfills.

"We're trying to prepare for a zero waste event, which means we’ve got to divert as much material from the landfill," Trujillo said. "We’re going to have to recycle food waste. Everything else is going to have to be recyclable."

The Glendale Sanitation Division has expanded the kinds of plastics they will accept for recycling this year. In 2008, the services accepted only the first two of seven different types of recyclable plastics. The city will now be collecting plastics one through seven – an upgrade that should make a pretty big dent in the Super Bowl waste tidal wave.

On the morning after the Super Bowl, the waste management teams plan to have the city sparkling.

"They’re going to see a clean city, and they’re going to know that this is a good place to live," Coy said.