The City of Tucson Environmental Services Department as Part of The Local Solution
This article was guest written by Local First Arizona Tucson Outreach Coordinator intern Emma James.
Thank you, City of Tucson Environmental Services Department! One of our sponsors for this year’s Arizona Living Economy Forum, the City of Tucson’s Environmental Services Department does a great deal to help keep our community safe and clean. Their Residential, Commercial and Environmental Management Services are imperative to ensuring public health and community maintenance. Did you know that the City of Tucson offers convenient ways to properly dispose of large debris as well as hazardous materials? They also protect our groundwater and air by maintaining, monitoring, and remediating the 16 landfills and 588 gas wells in the Tucson region. So how can you, as a resident or business owner, utilize these important services? Read on for more information!
As a resident of Tucson and surrounding areas, weekly garbage and recycling services are provided with a small monthly fee that is included in the Utility Services bill. This also covers access to the bi-annual Brush and Bulky Materials Collection program, which allows residents to dispose of larger household debris without having to transport these materials themselves. Brush and Bulky pickups can also be scheduled at any time of the year for a small fee. For more information on what can be disposed of and the 2017 Schedule/Map of Brush and Bulky collection, visit: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/es/brush-and-bulky.
The Environmental Services department also offers options to individuals and small businesses to dispose of hazardous waste materials. The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Program allows residents to drop off a wide array of hazardous materials (including chemicals, batteries, paint products, fluorescent light bulbs, etc.) to the Eastside Service Center (7575 E Speedway Blvd.) on the first Saturday of every month, from 8am-12pm. Business owners can also take advantage of this opportunity to properly dispose of hazardous products by enrolling in the Small Business Waste Assistance Program (SBWAP). Over 98% of waste received at the Hazardous Waste Facility on West Sweetwater Drive is recycled. What a wonderful service to offer for the community and the planet!
For more information on all the amazing services provided by the City of Tucson Environmental Services Department, visit: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/environmental-services.