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​Phoenix, Direct Pack Highlight Full Circle of Plastic Recyclinghttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-works/2637Public Works (Trash and Recycling)1/27/2023 11:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2637/Newsroom_PWD_MRF floor.jpg​Phoenix, Direct Pack Highlight Full Circle of Plastic Recycling<div class="ExternalClass14115EFEE2B141F8B30DDC364530F8E6"><html> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">With <a target="_blank" href="/pio/superbowl">Super Bowl LVII</a> less than a month away, the City of Phoenix stands ready to achieve its goal of hosting the greenest Super Bowl events yet. By diverting 92% of waste produced at downtown Super Bowl activities away from the landfill, Phoenix would meet (and exceed) the EPA’s definition of a Zero Waste event.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Recycling is one of the main waste diversion methods. While the Public Works Department collects and sorts recyclables in Phoenix, partners like <a target="_blank" href="https://www.directpackinc.com/">Direct Pack, Inc. (DPI)</a> take it from there, bringing plastics all the way through the remanufacturing process to become new food packaging items once again.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“We don’t want recycling to be a mystery,” said Phoenix Public Works Director Joe Giudice. “We want every Phoenix resident to know what happens to the things they recycle – not only how they get sorted in our Materials Recovery Facility, but also where they go after that, how our partners like Direct Pack process them, and what the recycled items turn into. A transparent process can help people feel more fulfilled as they put items in their blue bins.”</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Each year, Phoenix processes recyclables from 400,000 households, including some material from other valley cities. All those items are taken to the Materials Recovery Center (MRF) where workers pre-sort items by pulling out things that shouldn’t be there (plastic bags and cords, for example). Disc screens then sort flat items (paper and cardboard) away from 3-dimensional items like cans, bottles, and plastic containers. From there, plastics are further separated from aluminum and glass.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Of the seven different kinds of plastic, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) – a clear, lightweight plastic commonly used for beverage bottles and berry, bakery, and sandwich packaging – is the most recycled worldwide.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“PET plastics are some of the most easily recycled plastics out there,” said Phoenix Public Works Deputy Director Eduardo Rodriguez. “That’s why it’s so important to get things like water bottles and plastic containers in the recycle bin. They can be recycled over and over again in many different forms.”</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">That’s where DPI comes in. In 2022 alone, DPI purchased 8.1 million pounds of PET from the City of Phoenix and took it to Direct Pack Recycling in Guadalajara,* Mexico. There the material is sorted, chopped, and washed multiple times before it is put back into the production of new food packaging again.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">"With our newest recycling and recovery facility located only a few hours away from Phoenix, we can trace and recover all PET plastic collected in the area with a very low carbon footprint,” said Craig Snedden, president of Direct Pack, Inc. “This transparency is important, so you know that what you put in the recycling bin actually gets recycled and reused. The packaging you put in the recycling bin today can come back as your sandwich or berry packaging a month from now.”</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Phoenix’s partnership with DPI not only diverts 21 million pieces of thermoformed packaging away from the landfill each year, but it also brings those items through the full, circular business model of the recycling process.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">"Recycling plastic bottles and containers is one of the major ways we’ll reach our Zero Waste goals for Super Bowl LVII,” said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “Having a partner like Direct Pack to buy and remanufacture the plastics we sort at our City of Phoenix facilities is essential to diverting waste away from the landfill.”</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">To learn more about the sorting and remanufacturing processes of plastic recyclables, watch the virtual facility tours <a target="_blank" href="/publicworks/recycleplus">here</a> or fill out a <a target="_blank" href="/publicworks/zero-waste/signup">Zero Waste request form​</a> to schedule a free tour of the MRF.</span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">*CORRECTION: A previous version of this article misstated that the PET collected in Phoenix in 2022 was taken to a Direct Pack plant in Mexicali, Mexico. The plant in Mexicali is under construction and will be fully operational in the spring of 2023.</span></div> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/publicworksNewspublic-worksWorkers sort recyclables moving along conveyor belts at the Materials Recovery FacilityPublic Works#recycling #zerowaste #sustainability #recycle @TalkingTrashPHXRecycling, plastics, circular economySpencer Blake602-501-0620spencer.blake@phoenix.govTalkingTrashPHX

 

 

City of Phoenix Indigenous Peoples’ Day Holiday Noticehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/city-manager/2867City Manager9/22/2023 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2867/Newsroom_CityHall.jpgCity of Phoenix Indigenous Peoples’ Day Holiday Notice<div class="ExternalClass141B4C0824B54109836B6CDAA883A02E"><html> <p>​City of Phoenix offices will be closed Monday, October 9 in observance of the Indigenous Peoples' Day holiday. Here's how City services are affected:  </p> <p> <strong>Solid Waste Collection:</strong> Curbside trash and recycling schedules remain unchanged on Monday, October 9, with no schedule changes on the days following the holiday, either. Collection will happen as regularly scheduled, even on Indigenous Peoples' Day itself.<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span></p> <p> <strong>Transfer Stations:</strong> Both the 27th Ave. and North Gateway transfer stations will be closed on Monday, October 9.<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span></p> <p> <strong>Public Works Customer Contact Center:</strong> The Contact Center will be closed on Monday, October 9. It will reopen at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, October 10. Residents can call 602-262-6251.<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span></p> <p> <strong>Library:</strong> 16 of Phoenix Public Library's 17 locations will be closed Monday, October 9, in observance of Indigenous Peoples' Day holiday; <a href="https://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/locations/smcl" target="_blank">South Mountain Community Library</a> will remain open. All Phoenix Public Library book drops and digital/eResources are available 24/7. Visit <a href="https://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/" target="_blank">phoenixpubliclibrary.org</a> for more details.<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span></p> <p> <strong>Parking Meters</strong>: All parking meters are enforced 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, including weekends and holidays.   </p> <p> <strong>Parks and Recreation Facilities:</strong> City of Phoenix Community centers will be closed on Monday, October 9 for the holiday. Parks and trails will be open for regular hours, but please review “<a href="/parks/trails" target="_blank">Take a Hike. Do it Right</a>." safety guidelines before visiting a trail.    </p> <p> <strong>S'edav Va'aki Museum</strong> will be closed on Monday, October 9. </p> <p> <strong>Public Transit:</strong> Both bus and light rail will operate on a regular weekday schedule on Monday, Oct. 9. Check <a href="https://valleymetro.org/" target="_blank">ValleyMetro.org</a> for schedules.</p> <p> <strong>Dial-a-Ride service</strong> will be available, by reservation, between 4:40 a.m. to 11 p.m. To learn more about the Dial-a-Ride service, visit <a href="/dial-a-ride" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/dial-a-ride</a>.   </p> <p> <strong>Sky Harbor International Airport:</strong> America's Friendliest Airport® continues to see record numbers of passengers. The Airport will be busy throughout October as schools enjoy Fall breaks, so travelers should give themselves extra time. If flying domestically, arrive at least two hours early. If flying internationally, arrive three hours early. With heavy crowds overlapping, make sure to leave extra time for parking. <a href="https://www.skyharbor.com/parking/" target="_blank">Our Sky Harbor Parking program</a> makes it easy to reserve parking up to six months in advance. Enjoy convenient parking options in the terminal garages or an economy parking lot at the 24th Street PHX Sky Train® Station, which is an easy option for travelers who live west or north of the Airport.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/citymanagerNews
Critical Incident Briefing – September 9, 2023 -85th Ave and Indian School Rdhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/2869Police9/22/2023 10:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/7x9hbo-yaxY?feature=sharedCritical Incident Briefing – September 9, 2023 -85th Ave and Indian School Rd<div class="ExternalClassFD7085C3708E486C90B25763FCBD21E7"><html> <p>​<strong style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">WARNING: The attached video may contain strong language as well as graphic images which may be disturbing to some people. Viewer discretion is advised.</strong></p> <p>The Phoenix Police Department released a Critical Incident Briefing (CIB) video that includes audio, visuals and information related to an officer-involved shooting (OIS) which occurred on September 9, 2023.  </p> <p>This incident began when officers responded to an emergency call of an aggravated assault in the neighborhood of 85th Avenue and Indian School Road.</p> <p>During the initial investigation, it was learned the victim was robbed of his car at gun point. </p> <p>Patrol officers worked with the victim and using the vehicle's GPS they tracked the car into the city of Glendale. The Phoenix Police Air Unit spotted the car as a man parked it and went inside a house near 8700 West Glendale Avenue.</p> <p>Officers contained the house and began negotiations. </p> <p>About 24 Minutes into the negotiations, the man came out of the house and walked to the end of the driveway. </p> <p>Officers continued to give the man commands at which time he pulled a handgun from his waistline and pointed it towards officers. It was at this time; three officers fired their duty guns and struck him.</p> <p>After the shooting, officers attempted to clear the property; however, they noticed a strong odor of gas coming from the inside of the house. Out of concerns for their safety, officers evacuated the immediate area.</p> <p>A team of officers with appropriate protective equipment assembled and completed clearing the house; noting a green propane canister had been left on. </p> <p>After the scene was safe, Glendale Fire Department responded and pronounced the man deceased.</p> <p>The gun displayed by the man was found on the ground next to him. It was determined to be a pellet gun resembling a semi-automatic handgun.</p> <p>All three officers involved in this incident are assigned to the Maryvale Estrella Mountain Precinct and have about six, seven, and eight years of service with the department respectively.</p> <p>Conclusions about whether the actions of the officers are consistent with department policy and the law will not be made until all facts are known and the investigation is complete. An internal investigation by the Professional Standard Bureau is currently underway, in addition to a criminal investigation. Once the criminal investigation is complete it will then be reviewed by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. </p> <p>Public records law required redaction of certain personal identifying information before video is released publicly. This is why you may see some parts of Body Worn Camera (BWC) blurred or covered with a black box. Redacted video is released to local media in conjunction with the release of this Critical Incident Briefing for independent review and publication. Complete, unedited versions of the BWC are released to attorneys and the courts as evidence in a criminal case.<br></p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideo
Phoenix Celebrates National Drive Electric Weekhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/2868Environment & Sustainability9/22/2023 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2868/Rivian.jpgPhoenix Celebrates National Drive Electric Week<div class="ExternalClass94434081D680420AB6F3153F2F69101F"><html> <p>​<span style="text-align:justify;background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">National Driv</span><span style="text-align:justify;background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">e Electric Week is from Sept. 22 through Oct. 1 and the City of Phoenix Office of Sustainability is celebrating in major ways. One celebration ​by hosting a series of events for current and potential electric vehicle owners.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">There will be opportunities to test drive an electric vehicle, learn about what you need to know before purchasing an electric vehicle and to learn about incentives and rebates available to current owners.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>EV 101 Electrify Your Ride | Sept. 26 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | </strong><a href="https://bit.ly/3rY0OfH" target="_blank"><strong>Register</strong></a></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Are you considering purchasing an electric vehicle? The EV 101 Electrify Your Ride webinar is perfect for you! Learn what you need to know and ask questions before electrifying your ride. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>EV 102 For New EV Owners | Sept. 28 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | </strong><a href="https://bit.ly/3YnepZK" target="_blank"><strong>Register</strong></a></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Current electric vehicle owners will not want to miss an opportunity to attend the EV 102 For New EV Owners webinar. Learn about the incentives and rebates that are available to electric vehicle owners. </p><p><strong>EV Ride and Drive | Sept. 30 | 8 a.m.-noon | NPHX Baptist Church, 5757 N. Central Ave.| </strong><a href="https://bit.ly/3DMLTHE" target="_blank"><strong>Register</strong></a></p><p style="text-align:justify;">More than 20 electric vehicles will be available to test drive during the EV Ride and Drive event including various Tesla and Rivian models, the Chevrolet Bolt, the Kia EV6, the BMW iX, and much more. Waymo, SRP and Blink will be in attendance to provide information and answer questions about charging electric vehicles and driverless cars. Phoenix Public Library will also be in attendance signing people up for free library cards. Sixteen of the library locations now have charging stations available for electric vehicle owners.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">For more information about the National Drive Electric Week events, email <a href="mailto:electricvehicles@phoenix.gov" target="_blank">electricvehicles@phoenix.gov</a>. <br><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNews

 

 

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