High Costs Leads City To Suspend Curbside Recycling
The City of Casa Grande has joined other municipalities in Arizona and across the country in suspending curbside recycling due to soaring costs and a shift in commodity markets. The cost to process recyclables skyrocketed after China, the largest buyer of recycled materials, announced it was limiting imports due to environmental concerns.
Last year, the city was PAID $18 a ton for recycled materials. But after the collapse of the global market for recyclables, it would now COST the city $67 a ton to process recycled materials, plus the cost of transportation and stiff penalties if a load is contaminated with non-recyclables.
“China’s decision to pull out of the global market has had a major impact on the cost of recycling nationwide,” said Casa Grande Public Works Director Kevin Louis. “Given the enormous price spike, it’s our staffs’ recommendation to suspend the program until we can find a more cost-effective solution.”
As part of the Fiscal Year 2020 budget approved by the City Council, curbside recycling will be suspended beginning July 1, 2019. The Public Works Department will be placing flyers in blue recycling bins notifying customers of their last recycling pickup date. City workers will not be collecting the blue bins after the last scheduled recycling pick up. Residential customers can either bring the bins to the Public Works North Operation Center at 3181 N. Lear Avenue, or they can keep them. If a customer keeps their blue bin, recycling materials will not be picked up after a customer’s last recycling pickup date.
The Public Works Department will continue to evaluate the recycling program should the city consider reinstating curbside recycling in the future. In the meantime, a list of sites where residents can take recyclable materials can be found on the city’s website at www.casagrandeaz/recycle.
A list of alternative recycling locations is below:
Casa Grande Recycling Options:
City of Casa Grande Landfill
5200 ChuiChu Rd.
Scrap Metals, Appliances, Electronic-Waste, Paints
Monday – Saturday 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
Recycle Cans and Plastics
852 West Gila Bend Highway
Cans and Clear Plastics only
401 W. Main Ave
Aluminum Cans, Plastic #1, Copper, Brass, Electrical Wire, Christmas Lights, Batteries
1429 N Grant Ave
Aluminum Cans, Aluminum, Electronic, Metals, Pallets
Pinal County Recycling Drop-Off Locations:
Recycling & Indoor Waste Transfer Station
3755 S. Royal Palm Rd.
6:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday
7:00 am – 4:00 pm, Saturday
Pinal County District 1 Maintenance Yard
7946 W. Battaglia Dr.
5:00 am – 3:30 pm, Monday – Friday
Main Street Park
22nd Street and Main
Pinal County Recycle Center
12725 E. Adamsville Road
7:00 am – 2:30 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Closed weekends and holidays.
Maricopa, City of
RAD Maricopa Facility
46250 W. McDavid Road
Maricopa, AZ 85139
Open Saturdays only 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
San Tan Valley
Pinal County Sheriff Station
3655 E. Hunt Hwy, San Tan Valley
5:30 am – 3:00 pm, Monday – Friday
*Subject to change
The city has been in discussions with potential vendors who may be able to provide recycling services in the future. We are also working to find other potential processors and end users for these materials.
City workers will not be collecting the blue recycling bins after the last scheduled recycling pick up. You may keep the blue bins or bring them to:
Public Works North Operations Center
3181 N. Lear Avenue
Casa Grande, AZ 85122
If a customer keeps their blue bin, recycling materials will not be picked up after a customer’s last recycling pickup date.
Keeping the recycling program would have added about $3 a month to all trash and sewer bills regardless of whether a customer took part in the recycling program.
About 26% of customers take part in the city’s recycling program.
In 2018, a vendor paid the city $18 a ton for our recycled materials. Our lowest bid this year would have required the city to pay a vendor $67 per ton for recycled materials, plus cover the cost of transportation and a fine of $50 a ton if a load was contaminated with non-recyclable material.
The cost of recycling programs for municipalities has increased substantially after China, the largest buyer of recycled materials, announced it was limiting imports due to environmental concerns. You can read more about the effect China’s new policy is having on the U.S. recycling market here and here. As a result, it’s becoming too expensive to collect, transport, and process recycled materials that have little or no market value.
Recycling pickups will be suspended as of July 1, 2019. Notices of the last pickup date will be placed in the blue recycling bins prior to the last pickup.
The city is suspending the current recycling program until a more effective, efficient, and economically viable means of recycling is found to replace the current program.
Director of Public Works
North Operations Center
3181 N. Lear Avenue
Casa Grande, AZ 85122
Recycling Operations will be suspended until further notice.
- Please discontinue use of the blue recycle bin
- Place all material in the trash container
- You may keep your blue recycle bin or return it to the Public Works Facility located at 3181 N. Lear Ave. Casa Grande, AZ 85122