Everything You Should Know about Phoenix’s Bulk Trash Pickup Procedures
Whether you agree with it or not, no city-wide effort can be completed without the cooperation and support of all of its residents. That’s why it’s important to understand the best practices and some tips for Phoenix's garbage pickup services.
If you want your next curbside pickup to go as smoothly as possible, follow the directions laid out by the Phoenix Public Works Department.
We’ll break it down by geographic location for you!
Phoenix Public Works' Regulations' Outlined
City of Phoenix
Bulk trash pickup services are offered four times a year.
Residents may place their bulk trash at their curbs no sooner than nine days before the scheduled collection date.
Pickup times vary throughout the city, so check online to make sure you’re prepared.
Hazardous chemicals, remodeling and building materials, and car tires are among the materials that are not accepted for bulk trash collection. Unacceptable items will at best not be removed from the property and at worst result in a fine.
All hedge clippings and yard waste must be secured and packed together in order to be picked up.
Phoenix is very cautious of illegal dumping, or the disposal of garbage in locations where that garbage was generated, and encourages residents to report any suspicious activity.
Here, bulk trash is defined as any material that is too large to be placed into a typical trash or recycling container. This includes furniture, appliances that do not contain Freon or refrigerants. No large amounts of yard waste or vegetation.
Bulk trash is collected every other month for a total of six times per year.
Bulk trash may be placed outside at your curb starting on the weekend before the scheduled collection day. No earlier.
Bulk trash loads must be placed at least five feet away from fixed objects, including but not limited to: parked cars, a telephone pole, a fire hydrant, or a water meter. This is mostly about collection trucks having room to maneuver.
Bulk trash collection is not an excuse to dispose of hazardous materials that are not allowed during the normal garbage pickup season.
Items that are not allowed include hazardous chemicals. Heavy things such as earth, bricks, asphalt, construction materials are also frowned upon. Additionally, no auto parts or unsecured glass (not sure what this means exactly). Nothing over four feet in length is to be accepted.
City of Glendale
Glendale reserves the right to not pick up items that are unsafe or improperly placed. Residents are to leave a minimum of two feet between to the bulk trash objects and water meters, city-owned containers or bins, telephone boxes, or any other fixed object that will interfere with foot traffic.
Residents may place bulk trash on their curbs between the hours of 6 a.m. on the Thursday before and 6 a.m. on the Monday of the scheduled collection week.
Glendale residents of single-family homes and duplexes may request additional bulk trash collection services for the price of $99, which will be added to the residence’s water bill.
On regular recycling or garbage collection days, be sure not to block the bulk trash pile with the typical disposal containers.
All containers will be disposed along with their contents, so do not place any bulk in containers that you are planning to keep, as they will not be returned.
All containers must be clearly marked for bulk trash pickup (for example, an armchair does not need to be marked, but a box, bin, or bag does).
About Arizona Sanitation Services
Arizona Sanitation Services is a third-party service that allows you to get rid of your bulk trash without holding onto it until the city announces its free services. They also can provide more than one container at additional fees.
Their unacceptable materials are in accordance with Phoenix laws. Arizona Sanitation Services cannot pick up the following:
loose litter or yard waste
branches more than one foot in diameter
anything with refrigerants
more than 20 cubic yards of garbage per household
chemicals, including batteries, paint, and automobile fluids
any kind of glass, construction or automobile materials weighing more than 20 pounds and over four feet long
For more information including pricing, vacation policy, and other details, contact Arizona Sanitation Services at 480-736-0201.