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.
While Arizona Junk Removal offers limitation free bulk trash pickups, the city is not able to. So, 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!
For more information on Phoenix's regulations, visit the city page @: https://www.phoenix.gov/publicworks/garbage/bulktrash
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.
Although they are on the far end of the West Valley, Buckeye is one of the fastest growing cities in Arizona, that means they have a lot of ground to cover when it comes to collecting large items. Right now they round up bulk trash once every quarter, only 4 times a year. But as their city grows they'll need to rethink their plans or they are bound to see a lot more illegal dumping.
Casa Grande has a quasi-similar policy, if you are lucky enough to have your solid waste picked up in the alley then you can expect to have bulk trash picked up once every six weeks. However, if you have curbside pick up, then you have to call and schedule a pick up. The double standard seems odd to us too, so if you don't have an alley expect your hassle to be doubled.
Just like Chandler’s test instructions, the rules to follow in Tempe are strict. Size and weight limits and improper or unacceptable items abound. The only difference is, here in Tempe, bulk trash services will see you once every other month. The wait just keeps getting longer and longer.
While it's not the best system pre-scheduled bulk trash pick ups are definitely the most popular policy. Many of the Valley cities subscribe to the policy that once a month is good enough. And that may be true but it's at their convenience, not yours. With service only once a month you could end up storing junk for weeks at a time before you can get rid of it. Each city has very specific rules about what you can throw out, where to place it, how big it can be and all that. If you’re willing to wait it out then make sure you carefully read through their guidelines or you'll either find a surprise charge to your account or come home to find your pile was left behind. Avondale, Goodyear, Gilbert, and Scottsdale are all patrons of the once a month policy.
Alternatively, Arizona Junk has an entire page detected to our hauling and pickup services for the city of Glendale.
Litchfield Park also has once a month pick up but they have contracted their work out to Waste Management. Tolleson contracts with Right Away Disposal, who will also pick up bulk trash once a month but make sure you call ahead and schedule an appointment first. Queen Creek residents have their solid waste handled by the City, they will stop by once a month but again you need to call in advance and schedule a pick up.
While waiting weeks or months for your bulk trash pickup day is annoying beyond all measure at least the City is making some effort to help out, that is unless you live in one of these lovely towns: Apache Junction, Paradise Valley, Carefree and Cave Creek. Each of these cities requires you to contract with a waste removal service, not just for bulk trash but for everyday waste and recycling. Each city has a few different waste management companies that can service your everyday trash and recycling needs. Bulk trash is a separate service.
The policies in place at El Mirage and Peoria are just downright laughable. Why even waste the taxpayers’ money with these ridiculous schemes?
Peoria will make two service calls to your house every year! But that's not all, when they get there they will only take 10 cubic yards of waste. They pick up things such as appliances and household items, but they will not take landscaping debris like rocks or bricks.
What’s fun too is, you can put that trash right on the street. Not on your property or sidewalk, you have to get it all the way out there, in the curb gutter. If you live on a “high capacity road” then you get to sign a liability waiver so you can leave your junk on your lawn. Don’t make any mistakes, if you leave something in your pile that's against the rules or if you place your pile in the wrong spot, Peoria will just leave the whole thing right there or even worse, they'll just start charge you a fine to pick up anything they feel is against the rules.
In El Mirage, the city of illusion, getting reliable bulk trash services is just as impossible as reaching that imaginary oasis in the sand. The city of El Mirage has two bulk trash events a year. Events. They pre-schedule pick ups for their communities, each getting one day in the spring and one day in the fall. They’ll let you know a couple months in advance when you can expect them to come by and grab all your junk, hopefully, you’ve got a place to store it until then.
Fountain Hills will come to pick up your bulk trash as often as you like. They will charge you a fee for every visit though and you had better make sure you abide by their trash rules or you could find a lot of junk left behind.
Mesa has a similar policy; give them a call and they'll pick it up for a fee. But make sure you know what they are willing to pick up, there are a lot of don'ts on their list, including appliances. If you need to get rid of any household appliances you'll have to work with another program.
Surprisingly, Surprise has a policy that might actually prove effective for most residents. They don’t have pre-scheduled pick up days. Meaning you have to call and make an appointment, but they’ll pick up your bulk trash, free of charge. And you can schedule as many pick ups as you like as long as your piles are small. They offer free pick up until you have gotten rid of 20 cubic yards of trash, think 20 washing machines. Once you’ve reached the threshold amount then you'll have to find another solution.