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West Valley View, Avondale, Arizona, Friday, June 1, 2012


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Taking out the trash


Recycling facilities work to keep the desert clean


by Rachel Trott staff writer


Dumping trash in the desert isn’t only unsightly, it can also be costly to your pocketbook and health. Illegal dumping, defined as the disposal


of waste in a location other than a landfill, waste transfer station or recycling center, can carry up to six months imprisonment and a $2,500 fine according to Arizona Revised Statute 13. Maricopa County makes it easy for


West Valley residents to properly dispose of their waste by operating numerous waste transfer and recycling centers, such as the Hassayampa facility at 32450 W. Salome Highway in Arlington and the Rainbow Valley facility at 17995 S. Rainbow Valley Road in Goodyear. All the facilities are open from 7 a.m. to


5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. “A lot of people don’t know that it’s


illegal to dump or that there’s anywhere else to go, so we’re trying to raise some awareness,” Transfer Station Field Supervisor Stephen Hall said.


Free to little cost Both waste transfer and recycling locations in the West Valley offer recycling and disposal services for little to no cost to residents. Paper, glass, aluminum, steel, tin, cardboard, chipboard and plastics labeled as No. 1 through 7 can all be recycled for free.


recycling, we don’t ask that you separate it, which makes it really easy,” Hall said. Hazardous household waste, such as electronics, cell phones, scrap metal, light bulbs and automotive and household batteries are also accepted free of charge. The facilities will also recycle antifreeze and used motor oil without a fee. These two chemicals are particularly important for residents to properly dispose of, Hall said.


every kind of liquid, it seeps down into the water table out in the desert and we’ll all eventually end up drinking it,” he said. Up to five tires can be recycled for free as well, although the rims must be removed. “What’s really cool about the tire


recycling is that they go to a company in Queen Creek. They take all the tires in the region and turn them into rubber asphalt,” Hall said. “So all of our tires … get put back onto the road in another way.”


Bigger items Some larger items can be recycled and disposed of for a fee at the facilities. Washers, dryers, hot water heaters,


“Especially for used oil and antifreeze, “We take all sorts of co-mingled


View photo by Michael Clawson


TRANSFER STATION FIELD SUPERVISOR Stephen Hall stands in a bin full of tires at the Rainbow Valley Recycling Center. Officials from the station are trying to raise public awareness so residents recycle more of their trash.


mattresses, couches, chairs and other large appliances and furniture items can be recycled for $8 each.


and water coolers can also be recycled for $8 each if the lines have been cut and the freon removed.


If the freon has not been drained, the fee is $20.


Bagged household garbage can also be disposed of for up to $12, depending on the size of the bag. The facilities try to keep the cost to customers low to encourage responsible recycling and disposal, Hall said. “I love this job because I hate to see [trash] end up in the desert, I really do. I really hate illegal dumping. When you’re out there and you just see garbage and tires it’s a little frustrating,” he said. “So it’s a big thing for me to try and clean up the area. My goal is to get the word out so people don’t end up going out there to get rid of anything.” For information on waste transfer and


recycling facilities, visit www.swm. maricopa.gov.


Rachel Trott can be reached by email at rtrott@westvalleyview.com or on Twitter @byracheltrott.


Refrigerators, air conditioning units


View photo by Michael Clawson


HALL CHECKS A SHED where oil and light bulbs are stored. Maricopa County is trying to make it easy for West Valley residents to properly dispose of their waste by operating numerous waste transfer and recycling centers, such as the Hassayampa facility at 32450 W. Salome Highway in Arlington and the Rainbow Valley facility at 17995 S. Rainbow Valley Road in Goodyear.


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