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City of Glendale - Solid Waste

Our Business Is Picking Up

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Utility Rate Study Update Public Input Meetings 

Community feedback is being sought on utility services and proposed utility service rate adjustments. 

To learn more, please attend an open house public meeting or call 623-930-4100 or visit to locate a public meeting near you or take the online public comment survey.

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Bulk Trash

Bulk Trash Section 2

Bulk Trash Reminder for Section 4!

  • Section 4 residents may start placing items for bulk trash
    on Thursday, July 20
  • Section 4's week of collection starts: before 6am Monday, July 24
  • Section 1's placement of item begins Thursday, August 3rd
  • Click here to see your full 2017 bulk trash schedule
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New Measure Expands Residential Trash Collection Services to Most Holidays in 2017 
Glendale residents will soon only need to mark three annual holidays on their calendar to remind them of a change in their regular curbside trash and recycling collection pick-up schedule. Effective January 2017, residential collection will take place on all regularly-scheduled pickup days, including all federal holidays, except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  
2017 Schedule

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Recycling Tip of the Month - Caps On!
Recycling caps
Everybody knows that plastic bottles can be recycled, but what about their caps? YES they can be recycled! Thanks to improved sorting processes, we can recycle plastic bottle caps with no added effort! Just empty the contents of the bottle, put the cap on, and toss it in the recycling bin. In fact, this works for shampoo bottles, laundry detergent, peanut butter jars, and most common household items too. As always, check here to see what Glendale's recycling program accepts. 
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The city of Glendale’s Solid Waste 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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Solid Waste Can Placement: The City of Glendale mandates the placement of solid waste & recycling cans.Unless you live on a major throroughfare, placement is in the street, with some exceptions. For more information, please call the Solid Waste Department @ 623-930-2660. Watch now

Glendale now requires all refuse containers to be placed in the street on pickup day.

Did you know the city of Glendale recently updated its ordinance on the placement of solid waste and recycling containers? This means now all residential containers (refuse/recycling) should be placed in the street at the curb, not on the sidewalk.

With a few exceptions, this will be the new procedure on collection days. These exceptions are:

  • If your residence is located on an arterial street (a main thoroughfare) you will not place your containers in the street due to vehicle traffic.  Place containers on the sidewalk, close to the curb (please allow pedestrians to walk on the sidewalk with no obstructions).
  • If you live in an area with alleys behind your home, you will continue to take your trash to the solid waste container in the alley, and now you will place your recycling container in the street in front of your home. 
  • A property with no access to the street and no sidewalk will place their containers at the edge of the driveway closest to the street.
  • A property with a detached sidewalk (open area between sidewalk and curb) in front of the home will place the container in the street at the curb.

The safety of its residents is the city’s number one priority. This modification will provide unrestricted access to the city sidewalks for all pedestrians in the community, reducing the need for pedestrians to navigate around sanitation containers and onto private property or city streets.

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
  • Place containers in the street at the curb the night before or by 6 am on the 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 Solid Waste Office for a replacement

Glendale, AZ - Sanitation

2017 Glendale Clean and Green Newsletter

The 2017 Glendale Clean & Green publication is here! This annual publication brings together water conservation, solid waste, recycling and transportation news to help Glendale stay green. Inside you'll find helpful hints, free events, special recycling and solid waste 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.


Hazardous Waste and Trash Collections Just Don’t Mix

Glendale is asking residents to examine the materials that are placed into their refuse containers.  Solid waste collections are experiencing an increase in hot loads. Bill Sterling, Glendale Solid Waste 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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