Bulk Trash

Bulk trash consists of materials that are too large and must not be placed in the garbage or recycling container. Materials such as furniture, large appliances and large amounts of vegetation are often considered bulk trash. Bulk trash is currently collected from city-serviced residences four times each year.



Curbside Landfill Container Service

Curbside landfill containers are picked up weekly on the same day as curbside recycle container pick-up. The landfill containers are emptied in a separate truck from the recyclables to avoid contamination. Items from the landfill bins are brought to one of the two transfer stations in preparation to be hauled to the State Route 85 Landfill.

The Save as You Reduce and Recycle Program offers residents that currently have curbside landfill container service the option to downsize their current large landfill container to a medium landfill container for a monthly savings of $3 on their Solid Waste services bill. 

Save as You Reduce and RecycleFee Structure and Terms and Conditions for Curbside Service


Landfill Container Collection Do's

  • Place containers 4 feet apart.  Trash and recycling containers must be 4 feet apart. This distance helps to prevent our trucks from knocking over containers while collecting your trash and recycling.
  • Bag and Tie.  The bagging of garbage and grass is a requirement by Maricopa County to keep control of insects, rodents or other "vector" that can transmit diseases. Bagging also keeps control of odors as well as keeping the inside of your garbage container clean. Review the city of Phoenix garbage and recycling collection standards and guidelines for proper residential waste management.
  • Keep a lid on it!  City code requires residents to have lids and covers on solid waste containers (garbage or recycling) secured to prevent rain, insects and blowing of garbage or recyclable materials throughout your neighborhood.
  • Reminder 5:30 a.m.!  To ensure timely collection, containers must be placed curbside at 5:30 a.m. the day of pick up.  


Landfill Container Collection Don'ts

  • No household hazardous waste
  • No construction materials
  • No concrete
  • Don't overload
  • Keep area free of weeds
  • Keep areas trimmed
  • No obstruction within 15 feet
    • Examples (automobiles, mailboxes, light poles, etc.)


​Household Hazardous Waste

The city of Phoenix hosts several Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) events throughout the year where Phoenix residents can drop off their electronics, tires, appliances, auto fluids, and more. Check out the HHW website for more information.


​Transfer Stations

The city owns and operates two transfer stations, one in North Phoenix off of the I-17 freeway and Dixileta Drive, and the other in South Phoenix off of Lower Buckeye Road and 27th Avenue. A Phoenix resident paying full service monthly refuse/trash fees may receive disposal on one load of up to 1 ton (2,000 pounds) each calendar month at no charge . For more information, please visit the Transfer Station website.


​State Route 85 Landfill

The city of Phoenix has one open landfill located west of State Route 85 and south of Patterson Road in Buckeye, Arizona. Effective Jan. 2, 2006, the SR 85 Landfill acquired all permits and approvals and began landfilling operations. The landfill is not open to the general public.


Illegal Dumping

Illegal dumping – also known as “midnight dumping” and “open dumping” is the disposal of trash generated at one location and disposed of at another location without legal permission.  This includes dumping yard waste, appliances, tires and other garbage in alleys, dumpsters, vacant lots and open desert locations.  If you witness illegal dumping in progress, call Crime Stop at 602-262-6151.  To report illegal dumping after the fact, contact 602-262-6251.  All information is confidential.  


Contact Us

Public Works Department
200 W. Washington St., 7th floor
Phoenix, AZ 85003
602-262-6251
pwserve@phoenix.gov