Phoenix City Council Approves Staff Recommendation on Solid Waste Rate Increase Based on Community Feedback https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-works/931Public Works (Trash and Recycling)2/11/2020 11:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/931/Newsroom_PublicWorks_200B.jpgPhoenix City Council Approves Staff Recommendation on Solid Waste Rate Increase Based on Community Feedback <div class="ExternalClass9DAB4B94106240D5A4A7D04C0CD9ACB7"><html> <p> The Phoenix City Council approved an increase to the current monthly residential solid waste rate of $26.80.   </p> <p>The increase will be phased in over two years, which means, residential customers will notice an additional $3.75 in their April 2020 bill and then another increase of $3.25 in January 2021, bringing the monthly rate to $33.80. </p> <p>The decision to approve the increase in the solid waste monthly rate was based on feedback gathered by Phoenix Public Works staff, who implemented a community outreach strategy during the months of December 2019 and January 2020. </p> <p>Public Works staff hosted 13 community meetings in every Council district, as well as attended numerous neighborhood association and Block Watch meetings to give presentations. Staff also engaged with solid waste customers and residents at the transfer stations and at various community events. The goal was to promote a dedicated public education webpage filled with information, videos and FAQs about solid waste services and rates, and encourage the Phoenix community to take the online survey to gather feedback. </p> <p>The results of the survey, which was available online and as hard copies in Spanish and English, revealed that nearly 60% of the respondents were in favor of maintaining the current level of service they receive for an additional $6.40 per month; and more than 60% preferred the rate increase to be phased in over two years. Ninety percent were satisfied with the city's delivery of its solid waste services, indicative of the department's focus on providing excellent customer service.</p> <p>The survey results indicated the top three solid waste services valued most by customers are: 1) weekly trash service; 2) weekly recycling service; and 3) quarterly bulk trash service, and 90% value recycling and other waste diversion. </p> <p>During the two months of community outreach, Public Works staff received more than 5,800 surveys and garnered 11,000 unique views on its dedicated informational webpage, phoenix.gov/trashandrecycle. </p> <p>During the City Council meeting, staff also recommended to increase the Refuse Tipping Fee. The current tipping fee of $38.25 is what third party customers pay to dispose waste at the city's transfer station and eventually, the landfill. Like the residential solid waste rate, that rate has remained unchanged for 11 years.</p> <p>The first increase on the Refuse Tipping Fee will be an additional $3.75 effective FY2019-20; the second increase will be an additional $2 effective FY2021-22; the third increase will be an additional $1 effective FY2023-24. </p> <p>Phoenix has a goal to achieve a 40% waste diversion rate by the end of 2020 through its Reimagine Phoenix initiative.  Phoenix presently has a 36% waste diversion rate and will continue its educational outreach, recycling and other waste diversion programs to achieve its goal. ​</p> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/publicworksNewspublic-worksPublic Works
Phoenix and EPA Announce New Initiative to Reduce Heavy-duty Trucks Emissions https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-works/888Public Works (Trash and Recycling)1/31/2020 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/888/Newsroom_PublicWorks_001.jpgPhoenix and EPA Announce New Initiative to Reduce Heavy-duty Trucks Emissions <div class="ExternalClass8BDA376D0CFE46D6B69AB472F7FE754E"><html> <p></p> <div><div><div><div><div>At a news conference on Jan. 30, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and <a target="_blank" href="https://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/epa-region-9-pacific-southwest">U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Southwest Region​</a> Administrator Mike Stoker announced steps to advance the national Cleaner Trucks Initiative, a program that aims to establish more stringent emissions standards to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) and other pollutants from heavy-duty truck engines.​</div><div><br></div><div>Phoenix has been at the forefront of cleaner air initiatives, demonstrated by Public Works' commitment to replacing its fleet of diesel-engine solid waste trucks with CNG-fueled ones. As the recipient of the<a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/public-works/557"> recent $1 million grant</a> from the EPA's Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA), Phoenix will soon be able to purchase nine solid waste trucks that use the ultra-low emission NOx compressed natural gas (CNG) to replace nine of its diesel-engine ones, and its long-haul trucking contractor, Mr. Bults, Inc., will be able to replace one of its long-haul diesel-engine truck with CNG.</div><div><br></div><div>‘Clean air is essential to the well-being of Phoenix’s residents and visitors and paramount to our continued success. As the fifth largest and fastest growing city in the nation, we must set a strong example in reducing emissions. Currently, the number one producer of emissions in the Valley is vehicles,’ said Phoenix Mayor Gallego. ‘We are proud to partner with the EPA in our effort to reduce our city’s fleet emissions and educate other communities on the importance of a cleaner future.’<br><br></div><div>According to the EPA, the CTI rulemaking follows petition from more than 20 organizations, including state and local sir agencies, to revise and promote stricter NOx standards. <br><br></div></div><div>‘Through this initiative, we will modernize heavy-duty truck engines, improving their efficiency and reducing their emissions, which will lead to a healthier environment,” said EPA Administrator Stoker. “The U.S. has already made major reductions in NOx emissions, but through this initiative we will continue to reduce emissions while spurring innovative new technologies, ensuring heavy-duty trucks are clean and remain a competitive method of transportation.’<br><br></div><div>Phoenix Public Works currently has 153 solid waste trucks using CNG fuel; 59 of those use the low NOx CNG. With the additional nine CNG solid waste trucks and one CNG long-haul truck, an estimated 1.8 tons of NOx emissions will be reduced and will conserve more than 75,000 gallons of diesel fuel. <br></div><div><br></div><div>Also present at the Jan. 30 news conference were: Councilman Carlos Garcia, representing Phoenix Council District 8; Daniel Czecholinski, director of the Air Quality Division of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality; Philip McNeely, Maricopa County Air Quality Department director; and Dave Edwards, senior vice president of equipment and government relations for Knight Transportation. <br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><br></div></div><div><br></div><br><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;">​<br></p><br></div> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/publicworksNewspublic-worksPublic Works
Phoenix Receives EPA Grant to Purchase Alternative-Fuel Truckshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-works/557Public Works (Trash and Recycling)11/4/2019 5:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/557/Garbage Truck.JPGPhoenix Receives EPA Grant to Purchase Alternative-Fuel Trucks<div class="ExternalClassAEABA65F08EB43B39F12A2A2735324DA"><html> <p> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>The city of Phoenix Public Works Department recently was awarded $1 million in Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grants by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to replace some of the department's diesel-fueled trucks.</p><p>The grant money will be combined with matching funds of $2.1 million from Phoenix Public Works and its private partner, Mr. Bults Inc., to purchase nine new solid waste collection trucks and one long-haul truck fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG) to replace old, diesel-fueled vehicles.</p><p>The DERA grant is a huge assist to Phoenix's diesel truck replacement program, which has a primary objective of improving the environmental health of Phoenix through the use of alternative-fuel vehicles with low harmful emissions. </p><p>“Vehicles are the number one producer of emissions in our city. These emissions degrade the Valley's air quality and negatively impact our residents' health and well-being," said Phoenix mayor, Kate Gallego. “Phoenix is working to mitigate the harmful effects of vehicle emissions by expanding our public transportation options and investing in alternative-fuel vehicles for city services."</p><p>Phoenix Public Works already has replaced 135 of its 250 diesel-fueled collection trucks with CNG-fueled ones. The program to transition to CNG-fueled trucks began in 2010 as a pilot. By 2013, the department made it a policy to purchase CNG-powered trucks moving forward. </p><p>“Through the DERA Program and our private partner, Phoenix is making big strides in removing some of the least efficient diesel fueled vehicles and replacing them with lower emission and electric vehicles," said Councilwoman Thelda Williams, chair, Transportation, Infrastructure and Innovation Subcommittee. “In addition to cost efficiencies, this technology will deliver significant reductions in emissions resulting in cleaner air for our residents."</p><p>Phoenix Public Works is responsible for the collection of trash and recycling from approximately 400,000 households weekly. One of the department's immediate goals is to have a total of 152 trucks running on CNG by the end of 2019. Its long-range plan is to fuel 97.5% of its 250 solid waste trucks with CNG by 2024, as part of department's commitment to sustainability through environmentally-conscious practices. ​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span>​</p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/publicworksNewspublic-worksPublic Works
City of Phoenix to Begin Turning Plastics into Fuelhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-works/522Public Works (Trash and Recycling)4/2/2019 8:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/522/Newsroom_PublicWorks_100.jpgCity of Phoenix to Begin Turning Plastics into Fuel<div class="ExternalClassC9EE29B2C852423A9641905493BAC566"><html>The city of Phoenix Public Works Department is excited to announce a new partnership with Renew Phoenix that aims to turn plastics destined for the landfill into fuel. This innovative repurposing of what's known as “Plastics 3-7," or low-value plastics, is the latest venture in the city's “Reimagine Phoenix" initiative to increase its diversion rate to 40 percent by the end of 2020, and ultimately reach zero waste by 2050.<br><br>“I believe in taking bold chances to make big change. The idea of making fuel with the plastics we are throwing away is certainly an 'out of the box' idea that I am thrilled to say will also bring jobs and revenue to our city," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “During a time when cities are giving up on recycling, Phoenix is again leading the way in setting the gold standard for innovation and creativity."<br><br>The need to find a way to re-use these materials comes on the heels of China no longer accepting certain recycled materials from the United States. This forced city leadership to think creatively to find new solutions for its recycled materials. Thanks to the foresight of the Phoenix City Council, this new project is now ready to take shape.<br><br>“The future is all about recycling, sustainability and doing our part to ensure future generations have a healthy planet," said Councilwoman Thelda Williams, who serves as the chair of the Water, Wastewater, Infrastructure and Sustainability (WWIS) Subcommittee. “I am certain that once others see what we are doing, they will want to be part of this movement to prevent more materials from being simply thrown away."<br><br>The plan is for Renew Phoenix, a joint venture between Generated Materials Recovery and Renewlogy, to work together to build a facility to process the materials on the city's Resource Innovation Campus.<br><br>“I am excited for what this partnership brings to Phoenix," said Councilman Michael Nowakowski, whose district is home to the city's Resource Innovation Campus. “This new, innovative venture will encourage other businesses to bring-next generation technology to Phoenix to help us reach our diversion goal of 40 percent by 2020."<br><br>Renew Phoenix was selected through a competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) process. Their plan is to use a proprietary chemical recycling process to reverse the plastic back into its basic molecular structure, which will allow them to convert the plastic waste into fuel. Renew Phoenix will also bring as many as 15 full-time jobs to the valley, after investing more than five million dollars in capital to the project.<br><br>"Renewlogy is excited about bringing our technology to Phoenix and creating a more circular economy around plastic waste locally," said Priyanka Bakaya, Founder and CEO of Renewlogy. “Phoenix will serve as a model for cities around the country looking for local solutions for plastic waste."<br><br>Once at full production, the project is expected to divert ten tons per day of mixed plastic waste, which equates to 60 barrels of liquid fuel. This partnership will not only help Phoenix, but the Valley altogether. Renew Phoenix will be able to scale their production to allow regional remanufacturing of Plastics 3-7 to be processed as well.<br><br>“We are proud to continue bucking the trend and pushing forward with innovation, economic development and repurposing our waste," said Ginger Spencer, city of Phoenix Public Works Director. “We are committed to building a circular economy and achieving our Reimagine Phoenix goals. This new venture to turn plastics into fuel is eye-opening and we hope it will serve as a model for other cities to reimagine their own recycling programs."<br><br>About Reimagine Phoenix: Reimagine Phoenix is the city's initiative to increase the city's waste diversion rate to 40 percent by 2020 and to better manage its solid waste resources. To achieve this, the city is conducting community and educational outreach on the five pillars--reduce, reuse, recycle, reconsider and reimagine—in hopes to increase awareness of the importance of waste diversion and management. The city is developing the Resource Innovation Campus (RIC) as a regional circular economy hub. The RIC is home to one of the city's two transfer stations, a composting facility, Palm Silage and the future operations of Renew Phoenix. Approximately 50 acres of the RIC will be leased to innovators with market-ready technologies and manufacturing processes that reuse or repurpose trash materials including recycled plastics, recycled paper, and recycled boxes and packing materials.<br><br>About Renew Phoenix: Renew Phoenix is a joint venture between Generated Materials Recovery (GMR) and Renewlogy. Renewlogy has the innovative technology and operational experience while GMR has the technical, operation, and local market expertise. Renew Phoenix will draw on the expertise of both companies to build a showcase facility for handling low value plastics and serve as a model for other cities around the world to follow.<br><br>About Renewlogy: Renewlogy is a plastic to fuel technology firm with facilities in the U.S. and Canada. Renewlogy was founded at MIT in 2011 and started operating its first pilot in Salt Lake City, UT in 2013. Renewlogy has been recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the Top 25 Most Audacious Companies.<br><br>About Generated Materials Recovery: Generated Materials Recovery (GMR) is a $10 million waste company established in 1998. GMR provides recycling services to manufacturing and industrial facilities in AZ, UT and CO. It currently services municipalities around the Phoenix Metro area including Mesa, Chandler, Glendale, Scottsdale, Gilbert, Tempe, and Surprise, and has a 20-year history specializing in the plastics industry.<br><br></html></div>https://phoenix.gov/publicworksNewspublic-worksPublic Works
Phoenix Achieves Better Flood Insurance Discount Ratinghttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-works/475Public Works (Trash and Recycling)10/19/2018 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/475/Floodplain.jpgPhoenix Achieves Better Flood Insurance Discount Rating<div class="ExternalClass53AE5608B6BF4688B523E99E387A53A0"><html> <table class="ms-rteTable-default" width="100%" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"> <p style="text-align:justify;">Some Phoenix property owners can save more money, up to 25 percent, on their flood insurance premiums thanks to improved floodplain management.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">Phoenix was accredited with a Class 5 designation from the Community Rating System (CRS), one step above the previous rating of Class 6. What is the CRS? The CRS is managed by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and rewards a community-centered approach to increasing a city's flood resiliency through flood management activities.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">In 2016, Phoenix updated its Floodplain Management Plan in an effort to increase public safety and work towards improving the CRS rating for its residents. Other flood management activities implemented by the city of Phoenix include public outreach, certifications and increased regulations.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">The current discount will increase from 20 percent to 25 percent for those eligible in special flood hazard areas designated by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency). The discount will collectively save flood insurance policy holders a projected $855,754 annually. Other residents outside special flood hazard areas are able to buy flood insurance at a ten percent discount.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">To learn if and how this new change will affect property owners, the city recommends residents meet with their flood insurance agency, visit <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1388769/4119508/22161/3/" target="_blank">www.floodsmart.gov</a> or <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1388769/4119508/22162/6/" target="_blank">check out this fact sheet</a>.<br></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/publicworksNewspublic-worksPublic Works
What You Can do to Reimagine Phoenix https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-works/453Public Works (Trash and Recycling)8/10/2018 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/453/Newsroom_Public_Works_002.jpg   ​https://youtu.be/eYFW6x2ccrk What You Can do to Reimagine Phoenix <div class="ExternalClassE446380D7ACF431B93D87B8266E9F739"><html> <p>​Phoenix is getting smart about its trash and finding innovative ways to turn it into new resources. This is called a circular economy - where instead of throwing something away you repurpose it into something new, and contribute to the local economy. Learn about what you can do to help Phoenix achieve its goals to keep more stuff out of the landfill. <br></p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/publicworksVideopublic-worksPublic Works
Huge Turnout for Compost Giveawayhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-works/449Public Works (Trash and Recycling)5/12/2018 7:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/449/Newsroom_PublicWorks_051.jpgHuge Turnout for Compost Giveaway<div class="ExternalClassC0BF7298FB8E48FC86E504AB7397613E"><html> <span aria-hidden="true" id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>More than 100 people came to Phoenix's Steele Indian School Park to get their hands dirty with some of the cleanest compost around. The city's Public Works Department recently held a compost giveaway for residents of the city. The compost is a result of residents participating in the Curbside Yard Waste program and landscapers participating in the Clean Green Yard Waste program. <br> <br>Residents eligible for the program receive a separate refuge bin for the sole purpose of repurposing green organic materials including grass clippings, tree branches and bushes. Those materials are taken to the city's transfer station and given to its compost facility operator WeCare Denali. They then properly transform the green waste into high-grade, certified compost.<br> <br>At this public event, residents drove themselves through lanes of compost and collected what they wanted for their personal purposes. The event was well received and the city is planning on holding similar events in the future.<span aria-hidden="true" id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><br><br></html></div>https://phoenix.gov/publicworksNewspublic-worksPublic Works
PHX2Zero Moves Forward with Speaker Serieshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-works/438Public Works (Trash and Recycling)4/12/2018 10:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/438/Newsroom_PublicWorks_050.jpgPHX2Zero Moves Forward with Speaker Series<div class="ExternalClassE48A70CDF00A49709791E85562F74797"><html> <p>In 2013, the Phoenix City Council established a goal to achieve a 40 percent waste diversion rate for the city by the year 2020 and zero waste by 2050. The Phoenix Public Works Department, responsible for the garbage and recycling collection services for nearly 400,000 households, took on this challenge. In 2017, a study revealed the city diversion rate to be 30 percent. With only two years remaining to reach the goal, the department is looking for additional educational methods to increase recycling in the home. </p> <p>In order to reach this goal, the Public Works Department needs to entice Phoenix residents to change their consumer behavior, the type of items they buy, how they use them and how they are disposed of. Meeting these diversion goals is challenging. However, citizens can have a serious impact by reducing waste and participating in Phoenix's recycling programs correctly. These findings presented an opportunity for the city of Phoenix to better educate residents about not only recycling, but about waste reduction and practicing a zero waste lifestyle. </p> <p>To continue moving forward with waste diversion goals, the Phoenix Public Works department launched a speaker series April 12, 2018 to encourage residents to learn about and practice a zero waste lifestyle. The inaugural <strong>Phx2Zero </strong>event inspired Phoenix residents to live simply, reduce, reuse and recycle in their everyday lives. <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">The event keynote was hosted by Bea Johnson, a zero waste expert who has launched a global movement inspiring thousands of people to live simply and take a stance against needless waste generation and disposal. Over one-hundred attendees showed up to hear her speak along with many members of the Public Works Department. Staff intends to hold this type of event in the future with similar speakers focused on solving waste-related challenges in the industry. The goal of this event is to help residents get on board with waste reduction and assist Phoenix in reaching its long-term zero waste goal.  </span></p> <p> <br></p> <p><br></p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/publicworksNewspublic-worksPublic Works



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Get Involved: Fund PHXhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/AdBox/DispForm.aspx?ID=13https://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/AdBox/Attachments/13/S261C.jpgGet Involved: Fund PHX<div class="ExternalClass9728A8349F6F47A1A5123D0792DF410B"><html> <p>​Give your feedback about the Phoenix budget. Use our new online tool to adjust funding for various departments.</p> </html></div>Videohttps://Phoenix.gov/budget/fund2/19/2020 5:20:55 PM3/31/2020 5:20:55 PM

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