Public Works Department Impacted Services Updatehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-works/1071Public Works (Trash and Recycling)3/19/2020 10:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1071/Newsroom_Virus_Impacts.pngPublic Works Department Impacted Services Update<div class="ExternalClass5C8D88FBF199470CBA5D43AA7B6C49B1"><html>​<a href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1054" target="_blank"><strong>See all City of Phoenix Impacted Services</strong></a> <br><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><em style="font-size:13.3333px;">Use Translate button to read in another language</em>​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><br><br><strong>Will my curbside trash and recycling be collected as usual?</strong><br>Yes. Curbside trash and recycling will be collected as usual for City customers. <br><br><strong>Will Public Works continue to host community outreach events?</strong><br>Until further notice, Public Works has temporarily suspended outreach and public engagement events, such as Zero Waste presentations, tours of the City's Material Recovery Facilities and school visits.<br><br><strong>Can I still bring my trash and recycling to the City's Transfer Stations?</strong><br>Yes. For hours of operation and information on materials accepted at the City's Transfer Stations, please visit phoenix.gov/publicworks or call 262-6251.<br><br><strong>Is Bulk Trash Service Impacted?</strong><br>At this time, the Public Works Department continues to provide bulk trash service.  For the schedule, please visit phoenix.gov/publicworks or call 262-6251.<br><br><a href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1054" target="_blank"><strong>See all City of Phoenix Impacted Services</strong> </a><br></html></div>https://phoenix.gov/publicworksNewspublic-worksPublic Works
Phoenix Launches COVID-19 Mobile Testing Van to Reach Underserved Communitieshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-works/1455Public Works (Trash and Recycling)8/17/2020 8:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1455/Newsroom_PublicWorks_009.jpgPhoenix Launches COVID-19 Mobile Testing Van to Reach Underserved Communities<div class="ExternalClass27D2590BE19A489F8052E599A3CE1E06"><html> <p>​</p>The city of Phoenix, in partnership with local healthcare company <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com">Vincere Cancer Center</a>, will officially launch its new mobile COVID-19 testing van on Tuesday, Aug. 18 at the U-haul parking lot located 2727 N. Central Ave. The testing van provides easy access to free COVID-19 tests for the Phoenix community and is the first of its kind in Arizona. <br><br>The mobile testing van offers two different types of COVID-19 testing--a viral test and an antibody test. The viral test involves a nasal swab while the antibody test involves drawing a small amount of blood through a fingerstick. Depending on the test administered, results may be available within 15 minutes or 2-10 days.  <br><br>This new endeavor is one of Phoenix's many efforts to help stop the spread of the virus through early detection, immediate quarantine, and medical care for those who have contracted the virus. <br><br>“The city of Phoenix is excited to launch Arizona's first mobile COVID-19 testing van. The mobile van will provide much needed testing for the community in a more accessible, quick, and efficient manner. I am proud of our city staff for working hard to bring this type of innovation to the Valley," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “This is a huge step forward in our fight against COVID-19 and we will continue to adapt to the needs of our residents to help stop the spread."<br><br>The mobile testing van is a 2020 Ford T-250 Transit, and customized with: a foldable workstation, refrigerator, shelving, a generator with 120v outlets and USB ports and a roof-mounted air condition unit.  An electric awning will be installed by the end of August. The colorful custom vehicle wrap was designed with “friendly community" in mind and a reminder for everyone who sees it to wear protective face coverings.  <br><br>“The mobile testing van will provide easy access to free COVID-19 tests for the Phoenix community, straight to their doorstep or business front," said District 4 Councilwoman Laura Pastor. “I am so proud of the partnership we have built with Vincere Cancer Center. I thank them and the city staff from multiple departments who made this van possible." <br><br>The medical staff of Vincere Cancer Center will fully manage the operations of the van, <a target="_blank" href="https://phoenix.gov/COVIDtesting">scheduling of testing appointments</a>, scheduling of site locations, administering of the different COVID-19 tests and dissemination of results. Board-certified oncologist, Vershalee Shukla, MD, and former Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at John C. Lincoln, Pablo Prichard, MD, are co-founders of Vincere. <br><br>Although Vincere focuses on cancer treatments, their bi-lingual medical staff are well-qualified and well-equipped to administer COVID-19 tests. Vincere is one of the few medical facilities in the state to obtain the antigen and antibody test kits that yield quick results,  particularly the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.fda.gov/media/137887/download">Sofia SARS Antigen Fluorescent Immunoassay (FIA)​</a>, which provides automated and objective results in about 15 minutes. <br><br>“Testing is crucial to control the spread of COVID-19 and even more so in underserved neighborhoods with our most vulnerable citizens—not just those without health care or without the financial means, but also those who have pre-existing conditions, such as diabetes and hypertension, etc." said Dr. Shukla. “We are so grateful to the city of Phoenix for taking the next steps that make COVID-19 testing a priority, and Vincere Cancer Center is privileged to offer testing with rapid results. We believe this will soon become a gold standard in preventing the spread of COVID-19," added Dr. Prichard.  <br><br>Phoenix's mobile COVID-19 testing van was made possible through the COVID-19 Federal Relief Fund. It will operate 5 days a week (except Wednesdays and Sundays) from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Locations of the testing van will vary, with priority given to underserved communities and struggling small businesses in Phoenix. Individuals interested in getting a free COVID-19 test are required to pre-register online and make an appointment. <br><br><p>For COVID-19 testing van locations and dates, and to make an appointment, please visit <a href="https://phoenix.gov/COVIDtesting" target="_blank">phoenix.gov/COVIDtesting</a>. </p><br></html></div>https://phoenix.gov/publicworksNewspublic-worksPublic Works
Local Catering Business Gives Tips on Reducing Food Wastehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-works/1332Public Works (Trash and Recycling)6/10/2020 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1332/Newsroom_PublicWorks_008.jpgLocal Catering Business Gives Tips on Reducing Food Waste<div class="ExternalClass18298A87729844F3995BB5B7B554428B"><html> <p>​</p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Lori Harlig grew up surrounded with the mouth-watering smells of home cooked meals. </span> </p> <p>She fondly remembers her great-grandmother always cooking traditional meals for the family, but also being creative with her recipes and using almost every part of a fresh ingredient. </p> <p>“One day, we came home after school to see homemade chocolate truffles as a snack," Harlig recalls. “When I questioned my great-grandmother about the ingredients she used, she said she had repurposed the leftover mashed potatoes, spiked it with powdered sugar, and then dipped them in chocolate."</p> <p>Nothing ever went to waste in their household and this principle is something Harlig holds onto to this day as the owner and CEO of <a target="_blank" href="https://amici.catering/">Amici Catering</a>, a platinum member of<a target="_blank" href="/publicworkssite/Pages/Green-Business.aspx"> Phoenix's Green Business Leader program.</a> Amici opened for business in 2007and has been serving Valley clients with delicious food presented in innovative ways and delivered with impeccable service. </p> <p>“I am proud to say that our chefs and cooks apply the (no food waste) principle in the foods they prepare and have come up with cost-effective, yet delicious recipes for our clients," said Harlig. </p> <p>With the recent stay-at-home orders from the Governor, frequent trips to grocery stores are discouraged. If your household is faced with leftovers and the odds-and-ends of food ingredients until the next trip to the grocery store, Harlig offers quick cooking tips on how to reduce food waste with a simple “redesign" of a recipe using leftover ingredients:</p> <p> <strong>Hearts of Broccoli Stalks </strong>- Shred the unused broccoli stalks and toss with candied spiced bacon and a balsamic fig reduction or glaze; serve as a topping on crusty bread or even grilled chicken.</p> <p> <strong>Riced cauliflower</strong> – Place cauliflower in a food processor or blender to be “riced" then roast the riced cauliflower with corn and walnuts or pine nuts and serve with pesto sauce; or make some cauliflower fried rice by mixing it with any chopped vegetables in the crisper, an egg and any leftover meat, then season with salt, pepper, garlic and a dash of soy sauce. </p> <p> <strong>Bread Pudding</strong> - Any leftover bread can be turned into a delicious dessert or savory pudding, even when past its prime. Simply add milk, butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla extract and bake it for about 60 minutes. A simple bread pudding recipe can be customized by adding cinnamon, nuts, raisins, chocolate chips or fruit. </p> <p> <strong>Fresh herbs</strong> - Fresh herbs add another enhancement to a dish, but they can go bad before all of it can be used. To get more use out of fresh herbs, chop them up and freeze them in ice cube trays with olive oil. Take out an herb cube whenever you're ready to use it. </p> <p> <strong>Mushroom Pate</strong> – If you have mushrooms on the verge of shriveling or wilting away, bring them back to life with a little sherry or red wine, garlic, walnuts and onions. If you have an eggplant lying around, add to the mix to make a great topping on pizza or pasta. </p> <p>*For recipes for any of the dishes described please email us at eat@amici.catering​<br></p> <p><br> </p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/publicworksNewspublic-worksPublic Works
Public Works Continues Recycling Education Digitallyhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-works/1157Public Works (Trash and Recycling)4/23/2020 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1157/Newsroom_PublicWorks_007.jpgPublic Works Continues Recycling Education Digitally<div class="ExternalClass79EB167E850F42A3A434A7A8429A5AE0"><html> <p>​<br></p>On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, April 22, the Phoenix Public Works Department launched their digital education webpage, <a target="_blank" href="/publicworks/recycleplus">Recycle+</a> <a target="_blank" href="/publicworks/recycleplus">[phoenix.gov/RecyclePlus]</a> focused on teaching school-aged children and adults about recycling and waste diversion.<br><br>The webpage was developed by the department's <a target="_blank" href="https://phoenix.gov/zerowaste">Zero Waste team</a>, dedicated to delivering recycling education and community outreach to Phoenix residents.  <br><br>“Public Works values community engagement even with the current social distancing guidelines," said Ginger Spencer, Public Works director. “Recycle+ is one way we are adapting to the new norms to keep connecting with Phoenix residents and continue our recycling education strategy to achieve a <a target="_blank" href="/publicworks/reimagine">40% waste diversion rate by the end of 2020.</a>" <br><br>Recycle+ features resources, activities and <a target="_blank" href="/publicworkssite/Documents/Grades%206-8%20Writing%20Prompt.pdf">even contests </a>about recycling and sustainability that typically would be presented during a traditional in-person presentation. It also includes the Recycle Right Wizard, a desktop app that takes the guesswork out of recycling by indicating whether a certain material is recyclable or not. A video tour of the city's recycling center or Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) can also be accessed from that page to temporarily replace the usual free in-person tours.<br><br>With the rest of the school year suspended, the Recycle+ webpage can be a supplement to children's homeschooling activities or may provide 15 minutes of free time for parents. The Zero Waste team will continue to add new content to the page, including webinar presentations, informational videos and recycling or composting quizzes. <br><br><div><em>Educational outreach is one of the three pillars of Phoenix's </em><a target="_blank" href="/publicworks/reimagine"><em>Reimagine Phoenix initiative</em></a><em> to increase recycling and reach a 40% waste diversion rate by the end of 2020, and become a zero waste city by the year 2050. As of July 2019, Phoenix's waste diversion rate is at 36%, which is above the national average (34%). </em></div><br><p><br></p></html></div>https://phoenix.gov/publicworksNewspublic-worksPublic Works
Recycling and Disposal Options for Your Spring Cleaninghttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-works/1124Public Works (Trash and Recycling)4/8/2020 8:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1124/Newsroom_PublicWorks_006.jpgRecycling and Disposal Options for Your Spring Cleaning<div class="ExternalClassB2A406325C91464485A4BF369E674143"><html> <p>​​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">We realize that staying at home during a health crisis gives more time for families to do some deep spring cleaning and get of rid items you no longer need or haven't touched in months.</span></p><p>While the easy way to get rid of waste materials in your homes is to place them in your solid waste containers, it's important that the lids close securely. Our solid waste drivers are only going to collect materials that are securely placed inside the containers. </p><p>To avoid a health and safety hazard, we also require trash materials to be bagged and tied before placing them in the containers. Recyclable materials, however, should be unbagged, clean and dry. <br></p><p>If you have an increased amount of waste materials every week, here are some options for you to consider: </p><p><strong>For clothes and small appliances </strong>– More and more people are organizing their closets during these stay-at-home protocols. If you're filling up bags with no-longer needed clothes and shoes in good condition, consider donating them to <a href="https://www.goodwillaz.org/" target="_blank">Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona​</a>. According to their website, their stores are closed due to COVID 19 protocols, but their donation centers are still open.<br></p><p><strong>For large recyclable materials</strong> – Now's the time to get rid of that large box that contained the 75-inch TV you bought at a smokin' deal! But that won't fit in your blue recycling container, along with the other recyclables you already have. That's where our Eco Stations come in handy. Phoenix has provided eight Eco Stations, located in various parks throughout the city,  that residents can use to dump their recyclables only (no trash please) for free. The Eco Stations accept paper, cardboard, aluminum, glass and hard plastics, and recycling rules apply: make sure their clean, dry and not bagged. For a list of Eco Station locations: <a href="/publicworks/ECOstations" target="_blank">https://www.phoenix.gov/publicworks/ECOstations</a>.<br></p><p><strong>For bulky trash items</strong> – So you've decided to chop down the tree that has been triggering your allergies. Thank goodness you checked the current bulk trash pick-up schedule so you can dispose of those tree parts properly and in a timely manner. Public Works offers quarterly bulk trash collection to residential residents.  If waste materials do not fit your regular solid waste containers, this is a convenient option for many. For the latest schedule and bulk trash placement rules, visit <a href="/publicworks/bulktrash" target="_blank">https://www.phoenix.gov/publicworks/bulktrash</a>. <br></p><p><strong>For EXTRA bulky items</strong> – If you must get rid of that old sofa now to make room for the new one you just bought online, but scheduled bulk trash pick-up is two months away, there is another option. You will need a truck (or your friend's truck) and haul your old sofa to one of Phoenix's transfer stations <a href="/transferstations" target="_blank">https://www.phoenix.gov/transferstations</a>.  Residential customers receive a free disposal, up to one ton, every calendar month at a city-owned transfer station as part of their monthly fee. Residents must bring a current city services bill showing solid waste fees to receive the free service. <br></p><p><strong>For hazardous materials and e-waste</strong> – Your kids have gone through a number of iPads and other tablets through the years and now you have a collection of non-working e-waste products you need to get rid of properly (but don't throw away that iconic Walkman). Although, Public Works has cancelled its Household Hazardous Waste events to be in line with social distancing protocols, we are offering two options to properly dispose of your e-waste and extra latex paint you have lying around. The drop-off alternatives are free to residential customers and information is available at <a href="/publicworks/hhw" target="_blank">https://www.phoenix.gov/publicworks/hhw</a>. <br></p><p>For additional city services requests, please call the customer service line at 602-262-6251 or go online at phoenix.gov/atyourservice. ​<br></p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/publicworksNewspublic-worksPublic Works
Recycling Driver Assists Residents During House Firehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-works/1091Public Works (Trash and Recycling)3/25/2020 8:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1091/Newsroom_PublicWorks_005.jpgRecycling Driver Assists Residents During House Fire<div class="ExternalClassCE89D6A33C5E4F45801194FF6C25E877"><html> <p>Early Monday morning, just before 7 a.m., Solid Waste Equipment Operator Blaine Freeman, a recycling truck driver, assisted neighbors and the Phoenix Fire Department to keep a family safe from a house fire in north Phoenix. </p> <p> <br>As Freeman was working his recycling route, he noticed smoke a few blocks away and decided to head that direction to make sure everything was okay. Sure enough, a home was on fire. As described by one resident online, Freeman, alongside other residents, proceeded to knock on doors without hesitation to make sure family members were out of their home, while reporting the fire to 911. <br><br>Thankfully the fire was reported in time for Phoenix Fire crews to control the fire and prevent spread to the rest of the house. Nobody was injured during the incident. <br><br>Freeman, a solid waste equipment operator with the Phoenix Public Works Department, has more than 12 years of experience as a collection truck driver. He has been the recycling driver for the area near Jomax and the I-17 and for six years now and has gotten familiar with the characteristics of the neighborhood. He views his job as more than just collecting waste and/or recyclable materials, but also as a community watchdog. </p> <p> <br>As the fire ensued, Freeman explained, “Everybody came together like a family. The neighbors, myself and the fire department. I am extremely proud to be a city of Phoenix employee."<br><br>During these uncertain times, many Public Works employees are at still work continuing to look out for the health, safety and sanitation of Phoenix. This is just one example of city departments coming together to provide exceptional services to the residents of Phoenix during these uncertain times.<br><br></p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/publicworksNewspublic-worksPublic Works
Downtown Phoenix Buildings Transition to “By Appointment Only” beginning March 23https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-works/1084Public Works (Trash and Recycling)3/23/2020 12:30:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1084/Appt-Only-Bldg-Access-Newsroom-032220.jpgDowntown Phoenix Buildings Transition to “By Appointment Only” beginning March 23<div class="ExternalClassE4A34CB815C941AA88A5AFE1CDE06761"><html> <div> <p>​Beginning Monday, March 23, public access to the following downtown city of Phoenix buildings will be by appointment only:</p> <ul> <li>Phoenix City Hall – 200 W. Washington St.<br></li> <li>Calvin C. Goode Building – 251 W. Washington St.<br></li> <li>Phoenix Public Transit Building – 302 N. First Ave.<br></li> </ul> <div>Visitors with appointments with city staff will go through security and be directed to the service area on the first floor, where a department representative will meet and escort them to their appointment. Visitors without an appointment with city staff will be provided an information sheet with phone numbers to call to make an appointment, as well as a list of online resources and be offered services on a space-available basis. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Online requests for city services, such as water main breaks or trash pick-up, can be submitted at <a href="/atyourservice" target="_blank">phoenix.gov/atyourservice</a>.<br><br>The printable version of the information sheet is now available online at <a href="https://phoenix.gov/newsroom" target="_blank">phoenix.gov/newsroom</a> under “City of Phoenix Impacted Services Update”. You can also download it here: <a href="/Documents/CityServicesAppointmentContactList.pdf" target="_blank">City Services Appointment Contact List​</a><br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Additionally, the customer service windows at the following Phoenix transit centers will be closed until further notice:<br></div> <ul> <li>Central Station (Central Avenue and Van Buren Street)<br></li> <li>Ed Pastor (Central Avenue and Broadway Road)<br></li> <li>Sunnyslope (3rd Street and Dunlap Avenue)<br></li> <li>Metrocenter (Metrocenter Mall)<br></li> </ul> <div>Multiple options for purchasing fares remain available to passengers, such as ticket vending machines located on light rail platforms, at participating retailers, or online. Transit riders can call 602-253-5000 or visit <a href="https://valleymetro.org" target="_blank">https://valleymetro.org​</a> for retail locations. <br><br>Other facilities will be taking similar measures based on departmental operational needs​.<br></div> <br> </div> <div>The city’s transition to a “By Appointment Only” model is an effort to provide necessary city services, while protecting the health and safety of visitors, customers and employees in city-owned facilities.<br></div> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/publicworksNewspublic-worksPublic Works
Phoenix City Council Approves Staff Recommendation on Solid Waste Rate Increase Based on Community Feedbackhttps://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



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