Effective June 1, 2013, Pima County entered into a contract with Tucson Recycling & Waste Services (TRWS) to operate the County’s landfills and transfer stations.
The Solid Waste Division provides public facilities for the safe and sanitary disposal of solid wastes generated within the Pima County jurisdiction under authority from the State of Arizona (ARS 49-741). Further, the State of Arizona (ARS 49-742 et. seq.) allows the establishment of solid waste user fees to cover the costs of development, construction, operation, administration, and financing of public solid waste management activities, and broadly controls those activities.
All of us pay a high price for the dumpers’ illegal behavior.
For more information, please view our brochure.
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If you hire someone to clean up your yard or haul your trash:
Free, or low-cost, disposal is available for many items including household hazardous waste.
Appliances and furniture can be donated to charities and neighbors for reuse.
It is unlawful to dump, deposit or dispose of solid waste any place within the county other than at an approved site. PDEQ also provides information on disposal of other solid wastes and the unlawful storage of solid waste on private property including mobile homes, manure, animal feces, etc.
The Pima County Department of Environmental Quality (PDEQ) Waste Hauler Program is authorized to inspect septic tank cleaners (a.k.a. liquid waste haulers, pumper trucks) and solid waste haulers on an annual basis. PDEQ licenses for their business, and for each vehicle used for waste collection and transportation, before it is used in any waste collection activity.
The Pima County Waste Tire Program is operated at the Pima County Waste Tire Collection Site. The Waste Tire Collection Site is located at 5301 W Ina Road at the temporarily closed Ina Road Landfill, west of I-10. The facility is operated by CRM of America who transport the waste tires to their manufacturing plant in Queen Creek and shred the tires for use in the production of rubberized asphalt, artificial turf, sports tracks, decorative landscaping and playground mulch and other rubberized molded products.
The primary goal of the PDEQ Hazardous Waste Program is to encourage the conservation of natural resources through resource recovery and waste minimization. PDEQ inspects all hazardous waste generators and hazardous waste complaints in Pima County for regulatory compliance.
Household Hazardous Waste, or HHW, are products labeled toxic, danger, poison, flammable, etc. These are potentially harmful to people, pets and the environment. They should never be poured down the drain. If you are like many residents, you don't want to throw these materials away but aren't sure what to do with them. They usually sit stored in a garage or shed. The Tucson/Pima County HHW Program is available to all residents of Pima County. Through the HHW Program, residents can drop off their materials and they will be safely recycled, reused, or disposed of properly.
The PDEQ Solid Waste Code Enforcement Program is authorized to inspect private properties outside the City of Tucson city limits for violations of the solid waste ordinances in Chapter 7.29 of the Pima County Code. Solid Waste, under Arizona state law includes: “garbage, trash, rubbish, waste tires, refuse and any other discarded material. The open storage of excessive material that cannot be considered “Solid Waste” i.e. the material is still useable or has value to the owner, is not under PDEQ authority and should be reported to Pima County Development Services for investigation as an Open Storage, Zoning violation. Proper disposal of solid waste can depend on the type of waste. For more information on waste accepted at Pima County Landfills see the "Landfill Information" tab above. PDEQ also provides information on Waste Reduction (Recycling) (tab above), Illegal Dumping (tab above), and on the Disposal of Other Solid Wastes.
The Small Business Waste Assistance Program (SBWAP) provides a safe and affordable disposal/recycling option for your business’s hazardous waste. SBWAP is part of the City of Tucson/Pima County Household Hazardous Waste Program and is operated by the City of Tucson Environmental Services Department.
Of course you recycle. But do you also look for and purchase items that are made from recycled materials? That is the best way to complete the recycling loop and save resources for our children and grandchildren. There are considerable environmental and economic benefits associated with recycling, according to the U.S. EPA. Recycling helps create jobs, reduces the need for new landfills, saves energy, supplies valuable materials to industry, and significantly boosts the U.S. economy.
By reducing waste in the first place, recycling everything you can, and keeping your eyes open for items made from recycled materials you will help the economy, the environment, and all who share this planet.
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