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Prohibited Items

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The items listed below are not allowed in the garbage; as they are not accepted in the City of Phoenix landfill system.

  • Computers, TVs, monitors, laptops
  • Concrete, rocks and dirt
  • Oil-based paint, varnish, paint thinner, solvents
  • Insecticides, herbicides, household cleaners
  • Vehicle batteries and household batteries (alkaline, button, rechargeable)
  • Motor oil and other vehicle fluid

For ways to dispose of or recycle the above items please see the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program website.

Why Recycle and the Benefits

More than one million tons of solid waste is taken to the City of Phoenix SR85 Landfill each year.  Approximately half is from residences and the other half from commercial entities like airports, schools, apartments, factories, stores and offices. This total tonnage does not reflect material taken to privately owned landfills or by other cities in the metro Phoenix area. This total amount and volume of material could fill Chase Field top to bottom at least seven times each year. It also is equal to about one ton of garbage per resident per year (or 28 full garbage curbside containers per year). The City of Phoenix recycling program has had the effect of extending the capacity of city landfills by diverting almost 120,000 tons of recyclables each year. These materials have a great number of high volume/low weight items including plastic bottles, cardboard boxes and aluminum cans.

Benefits of Recycling

  • Reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills
  • Conserves natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals
  • Prevents pollution by reducing the need to collect new raw materials
  • Saves energy
  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change
  • Helps sustain the environment for future generations
  • Helps create new well-paying jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries in the United States

For additional information, refer to the EPA Recycling Basics.