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. As of late 2015, Phoenix's waste diversion rate is at 20 percent, but expansion of its community and educational outreach on the five pillars--reduce, reuse, recycle, reconsider and reimagine--hopes to increase awareness of the importance of waste diversion and management. Additionally, the Public Works Department offers solid waste programs to make waste diversion more convenient for residents, as well as partners with the public and private sectors to find solutions to current sustainability issues. 

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Garden Gail Talks About Worm Composting453https://i.ytimg.com/vi/hSfaCCfBwUk/hqdefault.jpgGarden Gail Talks About Worm Compostinghttps://www.phoenix.gov/publicworkssite/MediaAssets/Garden%20Gail%20Talks%20About%20Worm%20Composting?Web=1https://www.phoenix.gov/public-works-media/453Gail LaTour, a.k.a Garden Gail, brings some of her close "gardening buddies" to explain how to worm compost. Gail is very passionate about this subject and, we must say, that the compost produced by her worm friends are black gold!0x0120D520A808009D486CA08E1AB3419A5476EAB9074212text/html; charset=utf-8 Video
How the city's pilot composting facility functions448https://i.ytimg.com/vi/-BHuoy-oBC0/hqdefault.jpgHow the city's pilot composting facility functionshttps://www.phoenix.gov/publicworkssite/MediaAssets/How%20the%20city's%20pilot%20composting%20facility%20functions?Web=1https://www.phoenix.gov/public-works-media/448Public Works deputy director, Chuck Hamstra, discusses how the city's pilot composting facility functions. Check it out!0x0120D520A808009D486CA08E1AB3419A5476EAB9074212text/html; charset=utf-8 Video
Reimagine Phoenix Initiative Update 2015362https://i.ytimg.com/vi/BaEtveNoaXM/hqdefault.jpgReimagine Phoenix Initiative Update 2015https://www.phoenix.gov/publicworkssite/MediaAssets/Reimagine%20Phoenix%20Initiative%20Update%202015?Web=1https://www.phoenix.gov/public-works-media/362This video provides a description of the many projects Public Works staff is working on to advance the Reimagine Phoenix initiative.0x0120D520A808009D486CA08E1AB3419A5476EAB9074212text/html; charset=utf-8 Video
PHX Compost Study429https://i.ytimg.com/vi/MNytf1TS94k/hqdefault.jpgPHX Compost Studyhttps://www.phoenix.gov/publicworkssite/MediaAssets/PHX%20Compost%20Study?Web=1https://www.phoenix.gov/public-works-media/429Operations manager, Stacy Hettmansperger, discusses the city's partnership with ASU and Phoenix Parks and Recreation on finding alternative turf management for city parks. We might have found a cost-effective, viable solution! Check it out!0x0120D520A808009D486CA08E1AB3419A5476EAB9074212text/html; charset=utf-8 Video
John in the Garden447https://www.phoenix.gov/publicworkssite/MediaAssets/John in the Garden.jpgJohn in the Gardenhttps://www.phoenix.gov/publicworkssite/Pages/Gardening-While-Wearing-a-Tie.aspxhttps://www.phoenix.gov/public-works-media/447​What does a city department director do to unwind and recharge? Public Works director, John Trujillo, talks about his passion. 0x0101009148F5A04DDD49CBA7127AADA5FB792B00AADE34325A8B49CDA8BB4DB53328F214007261B76BC63D0E4EBACF33B95059A506Image

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Rooted in Compost and Gardens3Rooted in Compost and Gardensrooted-in-compost-and-gardenshttps://www.phoenix.gov/publicworks/reimagine/reimaginenews/rooted-in-compost-and-gardens<div class="ExternalClass2D2D36C3FA2C493AB4A40492F6DB9F1D"><p>​by: Renee LaTour</p><p><span style="line-height:1.6;"><img src="/publicworkssite/MediaAssets/RENEE%20WITH%20PLANTS.png" class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:204px;height:273px;" />We'​ve had a composting bin or pile since I could remember. My mother is an avid gardener. She always had at least two gardens – one in our backyard, and the other </span><span style="line-height:1.6;">in the front. She also created multiple community gardens in our south Phoenix neighborhood, where other gardeners in the community can grow their own foods and reap the benefits. Having a dedicated, and mildly obsessed, gardener in the family meant a small compost bin was a permanent fixture in our kitchen. My mother saw the value in organic foods craps and she asked us to place all of our uneaten pieces of veggies and fruits in the compost bin, along with eggshells, coffee grounds, tea bags and even dryer lint. My chore was to take out the contents of the compost bin every few days to our larger backyard pile where other compostable food scraps are already "cooking" to become nutrient-rich compost. </span></p><p> </p><p><img src="/publicworkssite/MediaAssets/RENEE%20IN%20RORO.png" class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:220px;height:292px;" />​<span style="line-height:1.6;">Composting and gardening has definitely influenced my diet and love of vegetables. I have to admit, I did get away from nutritious foods and ate a lot of fast food as a young adult, but that changed when my mom and I got truly involved in gardening and also did a weight loss competition in 2006. Now, I eat a mostly plant-based diet. I guess you can say that healthy eating was always rooted in me, and having the experience and knowledge about composting and gardening make me appreciate and respect the benefits of good, nutritious food.  </span></p><p><br>Now that I have a place of my own, I still make it a point to recycle and compost as much as possible. Unfortunately, I do not have a garden where I live now, but that hasn't stopped me from collecting food scraps in my designated compost bin and bringing it to my mom's backyard to add to her compost pile. Sometimes, I drive my food scraps to my fiancé's house to be composted in his outdoor compost bin, which I gave him for his birthday a few years ago. My fiancé and I are enjoy our fresh juices and smoothies, and between my household and my fiance's household, we're <span style="line-height:1.6;">able to produce plenty of plant food for his garden. His love of gardening actually was influenced </span><span style="line-height:1.6;">​</span><span style="line-height:1.6;">by my mother. Together, we mostly grow fruits and vegetables; I help him plant and harvest, while he does all the manual labor, such as watering and getting rid of the weeds. The result? We make awesome tasty juices, salads and meals from our harvest.</span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.6;">I feel very lucky to have been exposed to gardening and composting at a very young age. Composting and gardening may be time-consuming and tedious to the beginner, but practice will make one appreciate the experience and respect the value of growing nutritious foods. It's never too late to start a new passion. ​</span><span style="line-height:1.6;"><br></span> </p><p><span style="line-height:1.6;"><em><img data-pin-nopin="true" src="/publicworkssite/MediaAssets/RENEE%20MUG.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:80px;height:105px;" /><br></em></span> </p><p><span style="line-height:1.6;"><em>About the writer: </em> <em>Renee LaTour is an Administrative Assistant II for the Field Services section of Phoenix Public Works' Solid Waste division. Renee has worked for the city of Phoenix for nearly 10</em><em> years, and on her free time, loves to </em><em>travel,</em><em> </em><em>workout, hike, plan parties, craft gifts, read and of course, garden</em><em>. She also oversees the </em><em>Union Hills Wellness Program<strong>, </strong></em><em>a pilot health and wellness program designed to instill healthy choices on Public Works employees. </em></span></p><p><br> </p><p>​​<br></p></div>4/26/2016 7:00:00 AM
5 Things You Need to Know Before Composting15 Things You Need to Know Before Composting5-things-you-need-to-know-before-compostinghttps://www.phoenix.gov/publicworks/reimagine/reimaginenews/5-things-you-need-to-know-before-composting<div class="ExternalClassD630999487454875A83CEDCBF56EE8CF">    by Renee LaTour<span style="line-height:1.6;"></span></div><div class="ExternalClassD630999487454875A83CEDCBF56EE8CF"><span style="line-height:1.6;"></span> </div><p> <img class="ms-rtePosition-1" src="/publicworkssite/MediaAssets/Compost.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:200px;height:151px;line-height:1.6;vertical-align:baseline;" />1)  Start small. Taking little steps is always better so you can perfect your method and be acquainted with this new way of recycling. </p><p> <br>2) Once you have your compostable materials collected, take them out to  your larger pile outside. Let's face it, sometimes the odor may not be too pleasing. <br><br><br>3) If you don't have a larger outdoor pile, but your friend or a family member does, you can place your compostable materials in freezer bags and freeze them until you make the trip to your fellow composter's home. Don't worry, the food scraps won't smell at all if you decide to do this. <br></p><p><br>4) Coffee filters, tea bags without the strings and staples and most compostable napkins compost pretty quickly. But compostable plates and bowls will take a while. <br><br>5) If you are noticing a lot of bugs in your compost, it is probably too wet. Try drying it out by adding more paper materials and adding less water. <br><br>For more composting tips, check these out from <a href="http://www.planetnatural.com/composting-101/tips/">Planet Natural. </a></p><h3><br></h3>4/26/2016 7:00:00 AM

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Reduce279https://www.phoenix.gov/publicworkssite/MediaAssets/Reduce.jpgReduce/publicworks/reimagine/reducehttps://www.phoenix.gov/public-works-media/image/279​the amount you consume, and the amount of waste you create.0x0101009148F5A04DDD49CBA7127AADA5FB792B00AADE34325A8B49CDA8BB4DB53328F214007261B76BC63D0E4EBACF33B95059A506Image
Reuse280https://www.phoenix.gov/publicworkssite/MediaAssets/Reuse.jpgReuse/publicworks/reimagine/reusehttps://www.phoenix.gov/public-works-media/image/280​materials you already have, or share them with others to be reused.0x0101009148F5A04DDD49CBA7127AADA5FB792B00AADE34325A8B49CDA8BB4DB53328F214007261B76BC63D0E4EBACF33B95059A506Image
Recycle281https://www.phoenix.gov/publicworkssite/MediaAssets/Recycle.jpgRecycle/publicworks/reimagine/recyclehttps://www.phoenix.gov/public-works-media/image/281​more of your trash by properly sorting it into compost or recycling rather than throwing it into landfill.0x0101009148F5A04DDD49CBA7127AADA5FB792B00AADE34325A8B49CDA8BB4DB53328F214007261B76BC63D0E4EBACF33B95059A506Image
Reconsider282https://www.phoenix.gov/publicworkssite/MediaAssets/Reconsider.jpgReconsider/publicworks/reimagine/reconsiderhttps://www.phoenix.gov/public-works-media/image/282​everything you discard, and how smarter choices can save you and your community money & resources.0x0101009148F5A04DDD49CBA7127AADA5FB792B00AADE34325A8B49CDA8BB4DB53328F214007261B76BC63D0E4EBACF33B95059A506Image
Reimagine278https://www.phoenix.gov/publicworkssite/MediaAssets/Reimagine.jpgReimagine/publicworks/reimagine/reimaginehttps://www.phoenix.gov/public-works-media/image/278​the future of Phoenix region when we all lessen our impact, use resources more wisely, and support a beautiful, more sustainable future.0x0101009148F5A04DDD49CBA7127AADA5FB792B00AADE34325A8B49CDA8BB4DB53328F214007261B76BC63D0E4EBACF33B95059A506Image