ILLEGAL DUMPING & BULK GARBAGE COLLECTION FOR AZ
Whether you’re a AZ newbie, or have lived here your whole life, it’s important to understand Phoenix’s laws for trash collection, garbage pickup, and illegal dumping, as there can be serious penalties for any misconduct.
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According to the Phoenix Public Works Department, “bulk trash” refers to objects that are too large to discard in a normal garbage or recycling container, such as furniture and large appliances. Bulk trash collection only occurs four times a year, as opposed to the regular garbage and recycling collection days, which occur once a week. However, since large and bulky objects are disposed of on these days, some people take this opportunity to illegally dump items that are not allowed.
Here is a more specific breakdown of Phoenix’s regulations and procedures surrounding all things garbage!
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- directions to the location of the site of the crime
- a description of the size, shape, and other visual aspects of the dumped object
- the date at which the dumping is thought to have occurred
-descriptions of any vehicles or individuals that could be related to the dumping incident
- the name and contact information of the owner of the property at which the object was dumped.
The city sends out notices when it’s time to start placing your bulk trash out, so be sure to keep your eyes open.
Illegal dumping can also occur throughout the year via disposal of such garbage in alleyways, vacant lots, or dumpsters.
Unfortunately, some people take advantage of bulk trash collection time to increase illegal dumping activity. Approved bulk trash disposal locations across Arizona include landfills and waste transfer stations and, of course, waiting for bulk trash cleanup season to come around.
Depending on the size and contents of the dump, fines can be as high as $15,000 or more for a single illegal dumping violation – not counting other possible penalties if the contents of the illegal dump include any illegally obtained or disallowed objects.
If you have any questions or concerns about the above policies, or if you’re looking to get clarification about any point, feel free to contact your local law enforcement agency or the Phoenix Public Works Department directly. Phoenix strives to keep its neighborhoods both healthy and clean, so having everyone’s support and cooperation is crucial to the success of the bulk trash collection procedure. If you see anything that looks suspicious, don’t forget to report it right away!
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