Just in time to celebrate Earth Day, the city of Phoenix launched its ECO Stations program, making recycling a little easier for many Phoenix residents who don’t have curbside or alleyway recycling available at their homes.
ECO Stations are huge roll-off bins, strategically placed in city-owned parks and near clusters of multi-family housing complexes. Phoenix residents and businesses are encouraged to use the ECO stations to place their recyclables at any time.
Locations in the North Central Phoenix community include Steele Indian School Park at 300 E. Indian School Road, and Washington Park at 6655 N. 23rd Ave.
According to city officials, ECO stations are a free and convenient way for those living in condos and apartment complexes to do their part to keep recyclables out of landfills.
The ECO Stations are wrapped to indicate that only recyclable materials are accepted in these blue roll-off bins. The bins display the top 10 materials that are accepted in Phoenix’s recycling program, as well as those items that should not be placed in these stations, such as plastic bags or any plastic film, used electronics, textiles and clothing, furniture, trash and green organics or yard waste. These contaminants can cost the city up to $1 million annually in processing fees, and can lower the value of the other recyclable materials collected.
The ECO Stations will be constantly monitored by Phoenix Public Works staff to prevent rampant contamination.