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“The best way to predict the future

is to create it.” ~ Sophia Bedford-Pierce

Clean and Green Avondale!

The Public Works Department developed a new recycling and sanitation education campaign, introducing two new mascots, Miss D. Curb and Bulk E. Pile, who were created to help keep neighborhoods clean and free of debris. The department was able to continue its partnership with A-to-Z Rentals and Hickman Family Farms to provide residents with a Christmas tree recycling service. The Sanitation Division inspected 24,763 blue recycling containers for contamination and diverted 5,029 tons of solid waste from the landfill for recycling. All told, the Sanitation Division collected and recycled 23,600 tons of material!

Whereas most valley cities provide sweeping services about six times per year, the Streets Division was able to provide street sweeping services to all neighborhood streets 12 times last year. More than 350 Avondale residents attended 14 landscaping classes and Avondale’s Water Wise website saw 15,481 visits. The school water conservation program reached 9,800 students and more than 10,000 water conservation activity booklets were provided to K thru 5th grade students.

Avondale also offered its Energy Efficiency Rebate program in partnership with Arizona Public Service and Salt River Project to encourage energy efficiency in homes. Avondale offered rebates to residents through the federal EEBCG program, on top of the rebates offered by the utility companies.

Avondale replaced high energy use fixtures with energy efficient LED lighting at its parking lots at Friendship Park, and the Avondale Civic Center. The retrofit project was funded by a $232,000 grant from the energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program, as is expected save the city thousands of dollars. The savings fall in line with the City’s overall green initiatives to save on facility operation costs, reduction of greenhouse gases, fossil fuel usage, and reduce air pollution emissions.

Avondale also partnered with the City of Tolleson to hold a household hazardous waste collection day event in the Spring, and hosted numerous low-water-use gardening classes throughout the year.


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