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Zero Waste Team Education

The City of Phoenix has goals to reach 50% waste diversion by 2030 and zero waste by 2050, consistent with the goals set by the City’s Climate Action Plan. To reach these goals, Phoenix seeks to develop the circular economy and maximize recycling and reuse efforts to further divert resources away from the landfill. Our efforts will lessen environmental impacts by reducing the amount of greenhouse gases entering the atmosphere, while creating healthier communities, and spurring economic activity.

In order to reach the city's zero waste goal by 2050, the Zero Waste team provides education and community outreach to teach the community about waste diversion. These methods include group tours of the city's North Gateway Transfer Station and Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), educational presentations to schools, neighborhood and community meetings and hosting informational booths at community events. 

The Zero Waste team is a great source of recycling education and information for residents and businesses. Please visit the Residential Recycling page for more information about the city's programs. 

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Request Form

Please fill out the following zero waste request form to request the Zero Waste team to give a presentation to your group, table at your event, or request a tour of the city's recycling facility. One of our team members will reach out to confirm the details of your request. 

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If you have questions about scheduling a presentation, event tabling or recycling facility tour, please contact the Zero Waste team at (602) 534-0405. 
Note: If you have general questions about your trash service, would like to make service changes ​or would like to request a replacement or repair of your containers, please call (602) 262-6251 or submit a request online. 

​​Virtual Tour of the Recycling Facility

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Recycling Facility Tours

​The Zero Waste team hosts tours of North Gateway Transfer Station, where the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) or recycling facility is located. The MRF is where recyclables are both hand sorted and machine sorted. ​​Worker inside the Materials Recovery Facility sort through recyclables as they move through heavy machinery.Tour times: 

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m. - Noon​

Noon - 1:00 p.m.​

Important Notes: 

Tours take place on Thursdays and they must be scheduled at least three weeks in advance. Tours last approximately an hour. 

Your tour group may be combined with another group.

Your scheduled tour will start on-time. Please arrive at least 5 minutes early to your tour. If you need to cancel your tour, we require 24 hours notice.


​The Zero Waste team provides presentations to various organizations including schools, neighborhoods, community groups and ​businesses. Presentations discuss what is recyclable in Phoenix, why it is important and how you can participate. Presentations last between 20-30 minutes.A Zero Waste ambassador gives a presentation to students at a school assembly.

Community Events

The Zero Waste team participates in various community events all over Phoenix to inform residents about the city of Phoenix zero waste goal by 2050. Please contact us if you would like us to host an informational table at your event!Zero Waste analysts at an information table speak with people at a public event.

Zero Waste Internship

The wordsWe are looking for Zero Waste Interns! In this position, you will develop innovative waste diversion solutions, educate residents on how to recycle right, curate social media content, and gain hands-on experience.


  • High school senior OR college student
  • Content creation experience
  • Project coordination experience
  • Research experience

Applications are open through Friday, June 14th. Please fill out an application. Email application, resume, and cover letter in no more than four pages to

Business Training

The Zero Waste team is available to train Phoenix businesses on best recycling practices. Presentations explain how to recycle right and how to ensure maximum participation in the business's recycling program. Presentations last between 20-30 minutes.

The Phoenix Green Business program is a program specifically designed for businesses that take an initiative on sustainability within their workplace. The program is free to businesses and offers many benefits, including social media recognition by the city, a window decal and annual invitation to an exclusive recognition event.

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