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  • Waste and Recycling

    Pima County DEQ encourages businesses and residents to minimize waste production and to reuse and recycle whenever possible. The easiest and most cost-effective way of managing any waste is not to generate it in the first place. You can decrease the amount of waste you produce by developing a few good habits.The mission of PDEQ's Waste Program is to:
     
    • Ensure that hazardous and non-hazardous wastes are managed in an environmentally sound manner;
    • Encourage the recycling and recovery of waste materials through suitable incentive/distinctive efforts; and
    • Provide remedial responses and/or provide oversight to the uncontrolled releases of hazardous and petroleum substances into the environment.

    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.

    Landfill and Transfer Station Information

    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.


    Illegal Dumping

    ILLEGAL DUMPS…Cleanup1

    • Are safety hazards to children;
    • May be breeding grounds for disease carriers such as: flies, roaches, mosquitoes, and rats;
    • Are pollution and fire hazards that endanger our air, water, and land;
    • Destroy the beauty of our desert;
    • Disrupt wildlife habitats;
    • Lower the property values of surrounding parcels/home sites;
    • Are prohibited by State laws and Local ordinance, which can lead to prosecution

    ONE PILE OF TRASH CAN GROW INTO A DUMP…

    • Illegal dumpers often add their garbage to an existing pile of trash. Removing it promptly reduces additional dumping.
    • There is no excuse for dumping anywhere except at an authorized landfill or transfer station.
    • Who pays for the cleanup?

    All of us pay a high price for the dumpers’ illegal behavior.

    For more information, Cleanup2please view our brochure.

    View Illegal dumping in Pima County Video
    View KVOA News Story from May 15, 2014

    YOU CAN HELP STOP ILLEGAL DUMPING!

    Be responsible…

    Act responsibly…

    Help make violators responsible for their actions…

    • Report illegal dumps to PDEQ online or by calling (520) 724-7400 Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm or (520) 622-5800 (24 hours/day).
    • Never approach an illegal dumper.
    • If you see illegal dumping activity in progress, report it immediately by calling 911. Then call PDEQ with location, license plate number, vehicle description, or other identifying information.

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    Illegal dumps are eyesores, pose serious health and safety threats, and are costly to us all.

    DON’T BE A SECOND-HAND DUMPER.

    If you hire someone to clean up your yard or haul your trash:

    • Hire a reputable contractor or a hauler with a permit;
    • Know your hauler’s name, address, and phone number;
    • Pay by check and get a receipt; and
    • Ask for a landfill receipt before full payment.

    DO YOU KNOW…

    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.

    Waste Programs

    Solid & Liquid Waste Haulers

    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.  Prior to operating in Pima County, waste haulers shall apply for and obtain PDEQ licenses for their business, and for each vehicle used for liquid and solid waste collection and transportation.

    Waste Tires

    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.

    Hazardous Waste

    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

    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 City of Tucson HHW Program is free to all City of Tucson residents. A drop-off fee of $10 will be charged to residents living outside of City of Tucson city limits. Through the HHW Program, residents can drop off their materials and they will be safely recycled, reused, or disposed of properly.

    Unlawful Solid Waste Storage on Private Property

    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.

    Small Business Waste Assistance Program (SBWAP)

    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.

    Waste Reduction - Recycling Information

    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.


    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.

    Resources

    • American Lung Association
      (520) 323-1812
      Donate unwanted vehicles to promote clean air and support the fight against lung disease in Southern Arizona. Other charities also accept donations of unwanted vehicles.
    • City of Tucson Environmental Services
      (520) 791-3171
      Information about landfills, garbage and recycling collection within city limits.
    • Tucson/Pima County Household Hazardous Waste Program
      (520) 888-6947
      Drop off household chemicals, automotive fluids, batteries, pool chemicals and other materials for recycling and disposal.
    • Small Business Waste Assistance Program
      (520) 888-6947
      Provides a safe and affordable disposal/recycling option for businesses regarding hazardous waste.
    • Tucson Clean and Beautiful
      (520) 791-3109
      Information on community environmental and waste reduction programs.
    • Tucson-Pima County Recycling Directory
      Local recycling and waste management information
    • Freecycle
      Freecycle aims to keep items out of landfills by providing an internet listings service to help people give unwanted items to someone else for free. Keeping stuff out of landfills helps build a sustainable future, is good for the environment and builds local and world communities.

      Freecycle (officially known as The Freecycle Network) is made up of thousands of groups with millions of members across the globe. It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving and getting stuff for free. Freecycle groups operate in specific towns or areas - so it's local as well as global.

    • Tucson Recycles Info Line
      (520) 791-5000
      Information for programs related to curbside recycling, recycling drop off locations, waste reduction, reuse of materials, and household hazardous waste drop off.

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