News / AZ Republic- Garbage collection days change 7/14/08

Garbage-collection days change Monday
by Connie Sexton - Jul. 10, 2008 12:42 PM
The Arizona Republic
New garbage and recycling collection days for more than 180,000 households in Phoenix begins Monday. Residents can see if their house will be affected by entering their address online at phoenix.gov/garbage/garbcoll.html.

Mike Lopker, deputy director for solid-waste field services, said it is one of the biggest scheduling challenges in the city’s history.

“To balance distribution of our fleet and prepare for future growth, the city is adding a fourth service center to house and maintain the city’s garbage collection vehicles,” he said. “Trucks are being reassigned to even out collection routes, and that means changes for more than a third of city households.”

Even residents with no collection day change will still be impacted. Those accustomed to an 8 a.m. garbage pickup need to know that the collection truck may not arrive until 1 p.m.

“So it’s always safe to have all collection barrels out by 5:30 a.m. on all collection days,” Lopker said. Information is also available at 602-262-7251.