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Our Business Is Picking Up

The city of Glendale’s Sanitation Division provides a variety of residential and commercial services. Garbage and recycling is collected weekly and bulk (loose) trash is collected monthly. In addition, the city operates the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) where recyclable materials are sorted and prepared for sale, as well as the municipal landfill.

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Sanitation Can Placement: The City of Glendale mandates the placement of sanitation & recycling cans.Unless you live on a major throroughfare, placement is in the street, with some exceptions. For more information, please call the Sanitation Department @ 623-930-2660. Watch now


Glendale’s Sanitation Division is reminding residents to separate sanitation and recycling containers by at least three feet for optimal service.

Because Glendale offers both trash and recycling service on the same day, most residents are putting two containers out at the curb, but perhaps not properly. Did you know that your trash and recycling container must be three feet apart? If they aren’t, it impedes the drivers’ ability to pick up each container; this can result in damage to containers, and even the need for a driver to get out of the truck to set the container properly. Containers should also be placed away from other obstacles, such as mail boxes, decorative borders and cable boxes. Being mindful of separating the containers by at least three feet helps city staff provide better customer service in a more efficient manner.

Residents may begin to see stickers on one of their containers as a reminder to place them properly at the curb. Other things to remember when placing out your trash and recycling:

  • Bag and tie all trash
  • Recycling should be loose - not bagged
  • Don’t overfill your containers
  • Bring containers out to the curb the night before or by 6 a.m. on collection day; put away your container by 6 a.m. the day following pick up
  • Place containers out in front of your home, not the neighbors
  • Proper placement at the curb allows pedestrians to walk on the sidewalk behind your container(s) with containers facing forward
  • If your container is damaged, call the Sanitation Office for a replacement

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Cell Phone Recycling to Benefit Domestic Violence Victims
The city of Glendale is dialing in on a good cause with its annual cell phone recycling campaign. The campaign, which coincides with America Recycles Day on Nov. 15, benefits domestic violence victims. Through Nov. 30, the public is encouraged to drop off old cell phones at any of following locations: Glendale’s three public libraries, the Glendale Visitor Center in downtown Glendale or Gate 3 of Arena. Click here to learn more.
Clean and Green Newsletter NEW! 2012 Glendale Clean and Green Newsletter

The 2012 Glendale Clean & Green publication is here! This annual publication brings together water conservation, sanitation, recycling and transportation news to help Glendale stay green. Inside you'll find helpful hints, free events, special recycling and sanitation dates, a contest for kids and the latest in green efforts within Glendale. Download now! (pdf)

Medication disposal

For tips on how best to dispose of medications, click here to view a brochure from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.


Hazardous Waste and Trash Collections Just Don’t Mix

Glendale is asking residents to examine the materials that are placed into their refuse containers.  Sanitation collections are experiencing an increase in hot loads. Bill Sterling, Glendale Sanitation Superintendent stated that Glendale averages 2-5 incidents a year. The incidents may require employees to seek medical attention and damage to the equipment can reach into several thousand dollars.

What is a hot load? A truckload of recyclables or trash that catches fire, smolders, spontaneously combusts, or becomes toxic as a result of incompatible waste mixing inside a collection truck.  Hot loads can potentially jeopardize the health and safety of the driver of the collection truck as well as the public. A hot load can occur in neighborhoods while collecting recycling and trash on public roadways, and can damage personal property, roads and collection vehicles.

Residents are asked NOT to place the following items in their recycling/refuse containers:

  • Hot ashes (cigarette paraphernalia, hot coals and/or wood)
  • Motor oil, gasoline, antifreeze, Kerosene
  • Paint, varnish, pesticides or other household chemicals
  • Auto batteries, rechargeable NiCad or Lithium batteries
  • Cooking oil from fryers –State Statutes prohibit disposal of liquid waste

Glendale offers Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collections 2Xper year.  Look on the warning labels of items you are throwing away. Phrases such as:  Flammable, corrosive, and combustible are warnings the container needs special attention for disposal.  Residents can call and schedule an appointment for a HHW collection by calling 623.930.2660. Click here to learn more about hazardous materials.


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