Transfer Station and Materials Recovery Facility

Phoenix owns two strategically placed transfer stations, one in north Phoenix and one in South Phoenix. Transfer stations temporarily house all of the trash from Phoenix in preparation for hauling the materials to the State Route 85 Landfill in Buckeye.

All recyclables in Phoenix are also sent the to transfer stations to be sorted by the adjoined Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). The MRF contains a series of machines and conveyors that sort glass, paper, metal, cardboard and plastic into separate bales.

All green organics are sent to the 27th Avenue Compost Facility to be processed into quality compost.

Recycling at Transfer StationsComprehensive List of Acceptable and Unacceptable Items27th Avenue Compost FacilityState Route 85 Landfill

Locations of Facilities

North Gateway Transfer Station      

30205 N. Black Canyon Hwy. Phoenix, AZ 85085

1/2 mile northeast of the Dixileta Drive exit (exit 220)

North Gateway Transfer Station scene

27th Avenue Transfer Station

3060 S. 27th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85009

​South of Lower Buckeye Road on 27th Avenue

Transfer Station Hours

Monday through Friday - 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday - 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Closed on Sunday

Closed on the following Holidays: 

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday, January 15, 2018)
  • President's Day (Monday, February 19, 2018)
  • Cesar Chavez Day (Friday, March 30, 2018)
  • Memorial Day (Monday, May 28 ,2018)
  • Independence Day (Wednesday, July 4, 2018)
  • Labor Day (Monday, September 3, 2018)
  • Veterans Day (Monday, November 12, 2018)
  • Thanksgiving (Thursday, Nov. 22 and Nov. 23, 2018)
  • Christmas Day (Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018)
  • New Year's Day (Monday, January 1, 2017)

Holiday Hours on Christmas Eve - 6 a.m. to noon

Regular hours on New Year's Eve

For Disposal Customers

Disposal Fee

All loads will be charged $38.25 per ton of disposal material ($10 minimum charge).

Express Exit Disposal Permit Decal

All commercial/business customers must purchase an Express Exit Disposal Permit Decal for each vehicle and use it for entrance into the disposal facility. Express Exit Disposal Permit decals are $5 each at the scale house.

Other disposal customers or customers not yet issued an Express Exit Disposal Permit decal:

  • Will be required to leave a deposit. Note that credit and debit card deposits may be held and not released by the authorizing bank for as long as 30 days. This is a bank policy and not within the control of the city of Phoenix. 
  • Must weigh in and weigh out when entering and exiting the transfer station.

Customers may be directed by facility staff to sort their loads into specific areas when unloading for waste diversion and recycling purposes.

Unsecured Load Fee

All disposal loads must be properly secured from the point of origin to the end destination. Unsecured load penalty will be $20. Learn how to properly secure your load before you drive on public roads. It's the law and helps keep our streets safe and clean. 

Boats and Spas

Boats and spas must be cut into fourths to avoid a $50 penalty fee.

Certification Programs

Customers who frequently bring in vegetation only loads (green organics loads), free of trash, to the city transfer stations should consider enrolling in one of our certification programs. Participating in these program can bring substantial money savings per load. 

Certified Green OrganicsCertified Palm Frond Program

For Phoenix Resident Disposal Customers

A resident customer 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 upon complying with the following: 


Present a copy of their city services (water, sewage, trash) bill showing they have an active account paying full service refuse/trash fees that are current and not delinquent. 

Present photo I.D. with name or address matching the city services bill or account. No substitutions permitted.

Unsecured Load Fee

To avoid a $20 unsecured load fee, load must be properly enclosed, covered or secured from the point of origin to prevent the spilling or blowing of solid waste from the vehicle. 

CRT Recycling

Effective September 1st 2017, Residents are allowed to take up to two CRT units per household, per month, free of charge to either one of two Phoenix transfer stations. A fee of $20 per CRT unit will be charged after the first two units. CRTs will not be accepted any Commercial or non-profit entities.

Over 1 Ton

Residents' loads exceeding one ton will be required to leave a deposit and weigh out after dumping. The customer must pay the current gate rate of $38.25/ton for any material disposed in excess of one ton. 

Contact Us

Public Works Department