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/disincentive 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, medications and needle (sharps) disposal.
There are many options available to dispose of solid waste within the PIma County area. If you live outside the City of Tucson limits, you will need to either hire a solid waste hauler to pick up your garbage and recyclables or self-haul to a solid waste disposal facility. A list of solid waste haulers permitted by Pima County is available on the "Waste Programs" tab below. Information on Pima County-owned landfills and transfer stations and those owned and/or operated by other governmental entities or private sector companies is available below. In that same tab is information on disposal options for Household Hazardous Waste.