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Phoenix Installs ECO Stations in Council Districts to Encourage More RecyclingPhoenix Installs ECO Stations in Council Districts to Encourage More Recycling<div class="ExternalClass588C272F6A1D413B938F6992726424D5"><p>​<img src="/publicworkssite/MediaAssets/ECO%20Station%201.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:229px;vertical-align:auto;float:left;" />The city of Phoenix launches its ECO Stations program, making recycling a little easier for many Phoenix residents.</p><p>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. The Phoenix Public Works Department will be delivering eight ECO Stations, one for each district, in the next few days, but the first Eco station will be ready for use at Esteban Park, 3345 E. Roeser Road, in Council district 8 beginning Feb. 21.</p><p>"Phoenix residents regularly ask for more opportunities to recycle," Vice Mayor Kate Gallego said.  "For residents in condos and apartment complexes, ECO stations are a free and convenient way to do your part to keep recyclables out of landfills."</p><p>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 – cardboard materials, papers, food boxes, mail and junk mail, beverage cans, food cans, glass beverage bottles, food jars in glass and plastic, plastic jugs and beverage cartons, and plastic bottles with caps on. </p><p>Contamination in the ECO Station is also an important issue that Phoenix Public Works addresses. In addition to the top 10 materials that can be placed in the ECO Stations to be recycled, it also lists 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. </p><p>The ECO Stations will be constantly monitored by Phoenix Public Works staff to prevent rampant contamination. </p><p>"The Public Works Department is happy to work with the Mayor and City Council, as well as partner with the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, to provide this new recycling option to Phoenix residents and businesses," said Jesse Duarte, Public Works deputy director. </p><p>Recyclable materials collected from these stations will be counted toward the city's Reimagine Phoenix goal of a 40 percent waste diversion rate by 2020. ECO Stations program was implemented to provide a viable and free recycling option for multi-family housing dwellers, who may not have recycling services available to them. Per Phoenix's City Code, the city does not provide solid waste collection services to multi-family or apartment housing complexes. </p><p>Under the Reimagine Phoenix initiative, the Phoenix Public Works has implemented other services and programs for Phoenix residents to encourage recycling and waste diversion, such as the Save As You Reduce & Recycle, Curbside Green Organics Collection and the Recyclebank rewards program. Currently, the city has a waste diversion rate of 20 percent. </p><p>In the next few days, ECO Stations will be installed in the following locations throughout the city:</p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><strong>Park </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><strong>District</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Deer Valley Park - 19602 North 19<sup>th</sup> Ave</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Paradise Valley – 17642 North 40<sup>th</sup> Street</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">2</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Sweetwater Park – 13230 North 44<sup>th</sup> Place</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Steele Park – 300 East Indian School Road</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">4</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Washington Park – 6655 North 23<sup>rd</sup> Ave</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">5</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Pecos Park – 17010 South 48<sup>th</sup> Street</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">6</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Desert West – 6602 West Encanto Blvd</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">7</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Esteban Park – 3345 East Roeser Road</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">8</td></tr></tbody></table><p>For more information about the ECO Stations program or the Reimagine Phoenix initiative, follow the Phoenix Public Works on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. </p><p><img src="/publicworkssite/MediaAssets/ECO%20bin%20delivery.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:325px;height:164px;" /> <img src="/publicworkssite/MediaAssets/20170221_103507.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:295px;height:165px;" /></p><p style="text-align:center;">-30-</p></div>2/21/2017 7:00:00 AMYvette Roeder, 602-501-0620 (media only)Customer Service6002-262-7251