​​​​​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.  How can you take part in this initiative?

By enrolling in any of solid waste programs the city offers:


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Reimagine Phoenix - the next steps572https://i.ytimg.com/vi/TGeVsYp9HyA/hqdefault.jpgReimagine Phoenix - the next stepshttps://youtu.be/TGeVsYp9HyAhttps://www.phoenix.gov/public-works-media/572Launched in 2013, the Reimagine Phoenix initiative has made significant strides in three focus areas that can help the city achieve it's 40 percent waste diversion rate goal. 0x0120D520A808009D486CA08E1AB3419A5476EAB9074212text/html; charset=utf-8 Video
Are you Recycling Right?479https://www.phoenix.gov/publicworkssite/MediaAssets/Are you Recycling Right.pngAre you Recycling Right?http://phoenix.gov/publicworks/residential-recyclinghttps://www.phoenix.gov/public-works-media/479 ​Find out the 10 materials that should always be placed in your blue recycling container.0x0101009148F5A04DDD49CBA7127AADA5FB792B00AADE34325A8B49CDA8BB4DB53328F214007261B76BC63D0E4EBACF33B95059A506Image
Circular Economy Tour569https://www.phoenix.gov/publicworkssite/MediaAssets/U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.pngCircular Economy Tourhttps://www.uschamberfoundation.org/event/business-delegation-tour-circular-economy-action-0https://www.phoenix.gov/public-works-media/569 ​The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center (CCC), in partnership with Arizona State University, the city of Phoenix the Greater Phoenix Chamber, and Republic Services, is hosting its second annual business delegation tour. ​0x0101009148F5A04DDD49CBA7127AADA5FB792B00AADE34325A8B49CDA8BB4DB53328F214007261B76BC63D0E4EBACF33B95059A506Image
Can Phoenix Meet Its Recycling Goal540https://www.phoenix.gov/publicworkssite/MediaAssets/Transfer Station trash.jpgCan Phoenix Meet Its Recycling Goalhttp://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2016/08/26/can-phoenix-meet-its-recycling-goal-residents-participation-key/89119212/https://www.phoenix.gov/public-works-media/540 ​​A more in-depth look at recent accomplishments of the Reimagine Phoenix initiative from the Arizona Republic. The article, published in August 2016, also lists current and future projects that the Public Works Department is working on to reach its 40 percent waste diversion goal by 2020. 0x0101009148F5A04DDD49CBA7127AADA5FB792B00AADE34325A8B49CDA8BB4DB53328F214007261B76BC63D0E4EBACF33B95059A506Image

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Phoenix Moves to a Circular Economy - part 217Phoenix Moves to a Circular Economy - part 2phoenix moves to a circular economyhttps://www.phoenix.gov/publicworks/reimagine/reimaginenews/phoenix moves to a circular economy<div class="ExternalClass11D249CD36AF48B4A8A82DBA8CAD9B68"><p><em>​<span style="line-height:20.8px;">​<img src="/publicworkssite/MediaAssets/Cities%20Today%20logo.png" class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:150px;height:150px;vertical-align:baseline;" /></span><span aria-hidden="true" style="line-height:20.8px;"></span><em style="line-height:20.8px;">Nick Michell of <a href="http://cities-today.com/">Cities Today</a> ​spoke to John Trujillo, Phoenix Public Works director, about the city’s efforts to become more resource efficient and move towards a circular economy​. </em></em></p><p><em>This is a portion of the article published on </em><a href="http://cities-today.com/"><em>Cities Today​</em></a><em>, ​the leading magazine on urban development, reaching an international audience of city mayors and local leaders.​</em></p><p><strong><em><br></em></strong></p><p><strong><em>What impact has the Resource Innovation Solutions Network had?</em></strong></p><p>The Resource Innovation Solutions Network (RISN) helps the city facilitate public-private collaborations that promote efficiency and​ ​restorative use of natural resources. Locally, for example, we have quarterly meetings with other municipalities throughout the state to discuss best practices, ideas and possible solutions to a more sustainable solid waste management solution. Collectively, representatives from the different municipalities can pool their resources together to request changes in policies on a county or even a state level that could set mandates and enforcement on solid waste collection procedures.</p><p>Additionally, RISN actively engages with its public and private partners in projects that support improvements in material effectiveness and transition to renewable energy and a circular economy.</p><p>​<img src="/publicworkssite/MediaAssets/RISN%20logo.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:523px;height:91px;" /><br></p><p><strong><em>Phoenix has a citywide goal of utilising 15 percent of renewable energy by 2025. Is this on course to be achieved?</em></strong></p><p>Phoenix is currently ahead of the interim target of 5 percent by 2015 (of the overall 15 percent by 2025) by having nearly 7.5 percent renewables generated by solar project activities through 2015. In addition, with projects currently under development we anticipate exceeding the 2025 goal by as early as 2018, and are considering raising the renewable energy target even further. One of the projects is the Desert Solar Plant, located in the southern section of the Phoenix owned SR-85 landfill. This plant occupies 118 acres of the land and can produce enough solar energy to power about 2,500 homes.</p><p><strong><em>Food waste is a major concern in the United States, how is Phoenix tackling this problem and how important is educating citizens to improving the current situation?</em></strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><img src="/publicworkssite/MediaAssets/food%20waste%20at%2027th%20TS.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:315px;height:178px;vertical-align:baseline;" />We recently partnered with a local food scraps collection company to collect up to 20,000 pounds (9,000 kilogrammes) of food scraps from three city-owned buildings—Phoenix City Hall, Phoenix Fire Station 1 and the Calvin Goode Building. Food scraps collection and diversion are quite new to us but this partnership helps us understand the intricacies of food scraps collection and will better prepare us for when the Phoenix Public Works Department is ready to take the food scraps collection and diversion programme citywide.</p><p style="text-align:left;">Currently, we have a pilot composting facility where we process food scraps from local grocers and other businesses. This pilot composting programme also helps us better understand the science and process of composting. We are testing the finished product produced from this pilot composting facility through a Turf Study we are conducting with Arizona State University and our Parks and Recreation Department. In a nutshell, we are supplying our city parks with compost we have produced and comparing the growth and health of the soil with its current state using another compost product. The study is in its initial phase, but the immediate results seem truly promising.​</p><p style="text-align:left;"><em><br></em></p><p><em><br></em></p><p><em><strong><br></strong></em></p><p><em><strong><br></strong></em></p><p><em><strong><br>​</strong></em></p><p><br></p><br><br>​</div>9/21/2016 7:00:00 AM
A Tale of Two Cities' Push to Build Local Markets for Recyclables19A Tale of Two Cities' Push to Build Local Markets for Recyclablesa tale of two citieshttps://www.phoenix.gov/publicworks/reimagine/reimaginenews/a tale of two cities<div class="ExternalClassCE40D3136A434F3997AB52C652E0DD11"><p>​by: ​Jared Paben of <a href="http://resource-recycling.com/">Resource Recycling</a></p><p style="margin-top:0.5em;margin-bottom:0.5em;font-size:12px;text-align:justify;line-height:21px;color:#000000;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;"><br><img alt="Resource Recycling Conference, 2016 / Jared Paben" src="http://resource-recycling.com/images/captionedphotos/IMG_6718_RRC2016.jpg" title="Resource Recycling Conference, 2016 / Jared Paben" style="border-width:0px;border-style:initial;margin:5px;float:left;width:382px;height:258px;vertical-align:baseline;" /></p>In Phoenix, a local issue required a local solution.​The city of 1.5 million people landfills about 34,000 tons of palm tree fronds each year. The material is heavy and doesn't compost well, but it makes up about 3.4 percent of the city's waste.<br><br>"So we will instantly move our needle if we can make this work," said Gretchen Wolfe, a project manager at the Phoenix Community and Economic Development Department.<br><br>Using a combination of media outreach and a request for proposals, the City found and inked a deal with a company that plans to recycle the fronds into livestock feed, using trimmings from dates as a sweetener.<br><br>Wolfe spoke during the Manufacturing Recycling Markets panel at the 2016 Resource Recycling Conference in New Orleans. She was joined by Julie Rhodes, consultant and a former National Recycling Coalition (NRC) board chair and treasurer. Wolfe and Rhodes explored how two cities, Phoenix and Austin, Texas, have sought local manufacturing solutions to help divert usable material away from landfill.</div><div class="ExternalClassCE40D3136A434F3997AB52C652E0DD11"><br><p><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3"><br></strong></p><p><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3">Developing markets for the 'problem children'  </strong></p></div><div class="ExternalClassCE40D3136A434F3997AB52C652E0DD11">​​Phoenix wanted to find markets for the "problem children" of recycling: mattresses, carpeting, food scraps and, of course, palm fronds. The city wants to reach its goal of diverting 40 percent of material from landfill by 2020. As of late last year, it was at 20 percent.<br><br>So Phoenix issued a request for information to see what the market was interested in doing with any of these materials, Wolfe said. City staff also wanted to see which companies might be good fits for the city's <a href="/publicworkssite/Pages/resource-innovations.aspx">Resource Innovation Campus​​​​</a>, which is currently under development adjacent to a materials recovery facility (MRF), transfer station and closed landfill.​ ​<br><br>"We didn't know what we didn't know," she said. "We knew we had this really good idea about wanting to bring people here, but we wanted to understand from the market's perspective what products were they really interested in."<br><br>Turns out, the market didn't appear interested in handling palm fronds. No companies suggested recovering them. Some proposed burning them for energy recovery, but the city wasn't ready for that approach, she said.<br><br>Then, the city manager did an interview on National Public Radio and told listeners about the palm frond situation. The ideas came flooding in and, after issuing a request for proposals, the city <a href="http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2016/07/23/phoenix-finds-solution-pesky-palm-fronds/87361112/" target="_blank">inked</a> a 10-year deal with a company called Palm Silage, which will build its manufacturing facility at the resource innovation campus. Phoenix will pay $12 a ton to deliver Palm Silage the fronds, saving $5 a ton compared with landfilling. At the same time, the company will pay the city rent.<br><br>Of course, not every deal can be made. One company was interested in relocating from Canada to recycle PET, but the logistical costs of operating in Phoenix would have been too high, Wolfe said. And low plastics prices set back Phoenix's effort to find a carpet-recycling outlet, she said.<br><br>Still, the city has reached an agreement for the composting of food scraps from city facilities and the recycling of mattresses, she said. Staff are now looking to find local manufacturers with demand for PET, HDPE, mixed plastics Nos. 3-7 and paper.<br><br class="ms-rteFontSize-3"><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3">Providing an affordable home for industry</strong></div><div class="ExternalClassCE40D3136A434F3997AB52C652E0DD11"><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3"></strong><span style="font-size:17.3333px;"><b><br></b></span>Meanwhile, in Austin, city leaders recently decided to put about 100 acres of undeveloped land on an abandoned landfill site to good use.<br><br>It <a href="https://austintexas.gov/ecopark" target="_blank">developed</a> a business park devoted to local manufacturing and reuse businesses, helping the city meet its aggressive diversion goals. By 2020, the city of 885,000 aims to divert 75 percent of material away from landfill, and that number rises to 90 percent in the year 2040. In 2015, the city was at about 50 percent.<br><br>Austin employs a host of other policies and services to drive diversion, including a universal recycling ordinance, a pay-as-you-throw garbage collection rate structure, residential organics collection, a construction and demolition debris recycling ordinance and more.​​<br><br>But Austin Resource Recovery knew it was an island in the Lone Star State, with only a handful of other cities pushing such aggressive diversion goals. As a result, the local recycled content manufacturing wasn't there, and distances to those markets were long, Rhodes said. Rhodes, a former city employee, delivered a presentation on behalf of Austin Resource Recovery's director, Bob Gedert.<br><br>The program offers below-market-rate land at an important time. The city is growing fast – on average, about 100 people a day move there – driving up land prices. That's making it harder to attract industrial businesses using recycled feedstocks.​​<br><br><p class="indent" style="margin-top:0.5em;margin-bottom:0.5em;font-size:12px;text-align:justify;line-height:21px;text-indent:30px;color:#000000;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;"><br></p><p class="indent" style="margin-top:0.5em;margin-bottom:0.5em;font-size:12px;text-align:justify;line-height:21px;text-indent:30px;color:#000000;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;"><em>This article appeared on Resource Recycling, an online newsletter that provides the latest sustainability and waste diversion news and updates. To subscribe to Resource Recycling, click </em><a href="http://resource-recycling.com/e-subscribe"><em>here. </em></a>​</p><p class="indent" style="margin-top:0.5em;margin-bottom:0.5em;font-size:12px;text-align:justify;line-height:21px;text-indent:30px;color:#000000;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;"><br></p></div>10/18/2016 7:00:00 AM
Impressions of Rio18Impressions of Rioimpressions-of-Riohttps://www.phoenix.gov/publicworks/reimagine/reimaginenews/impressions-of-Rio<div class="ExternalClass4C45DE40CB7A421EAAFE31BE2DCDB3D4"><h4>​L​ast month, I had the ​​opportunity to go to Rio to experience the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_Summer_Olympics">XXXI Olympics</a>. It has been a few weeks since I got back but I wanted to give everyone an update on my experience in <a href="http://www.brazil.org.za/rio-de-janeiro-city.html">Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.​</a> I was there to support my brother-in-law, who represented the U.S. in freestyle wrestling. ​</h4><br>I had an awesome time while Ubering all over the city.  I visited two of Rio's most famous tourist attractions: <a href="http://www.rio.com/tours-attractions/sugarloaf">Sugarloaf Mountain​</a> and <a href="https://cristoredentoroficial.com.br/">Christ the Redeemer</a>.  Both experiences involved traveling high up into the mountains of Brazil either on an old train or gondola, which was both exciting and nerve-racking.  Once we reached the end of the line, we climbed up a few more sets of stairs and we were at the top.  It was one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen; from the top, one has a 360-degree view of Rio de Janeiro.  If there was ever a time to take a panoramic picture on your phone, this would be it.  Everything that encapsulates Rio was in plain sight just like all the postcards depict--the most famous beaches in the world, with clear blue waters as far as your eyes could see, and lush mountains from coast to coast.  Also quite apparent was the stark reality of Rio's slums, more commonly known as <a href="http://catcomm.org/favela-facts/">"favelas."​</a>  Although beautiful from high above, these congested neighborhoods are stricken with poverty and crime.  We asked a local about them and he said in broken English, "They are necessary evil. People who live there keep the city functioning. They come down to work in the shops, factories and restaurants during the day, and go back to their home at night."  He also mentioned that without the residents who live there many businesses would have to shut down.  Some of my most vivid memories were from talking to locals.  <br><br>By the way, Uber offers, "UBER English," in Brazil.  When we used this service the drivers that picked us up spoke English, which was very helpful when trying to navigate the crowded streets of Rio.<br><br>Now onto what you all want to hear about--Rio's RECYCLING!  <br><br><img src="/publicworkssite/MediaAssets/Rio%20Recycling.jpg" alt="Rio Recycling.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-1" style="width:241px;height:324px;" />​​From what I gathered during my stay in Rio, their city uses a source-separated recycling program.  They have four different bins: red (plastic), green (glass), yellow (metal), blue (paper).  That said, I could count the number of times I noticed this bin setup on two hands.  It seemed like these bins were only located in tourist areas or well visited areas such as shopping districts.  Most of what I saw were large orange containers very similar to what we have in Phoenix at your house.  These were for trash and can be seen everywhere we went--bus stops, gas stations,<img src="/publicworkssite/MediaAssets/RIO%20solid%20waste.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="" style="width:220px;height:293px;" /> beaches, city streets, etc.  I'm not sure what happens once they get picked up but my best assumption would be that they all get loaded into the same trucks, compacted and sent to the landfill.  Unless there is some dirty MRF (materials recovery facility) operating in Rio, it was disheartening to see the lack of recycling infrastructure in one of the worlds largest cities.  There is much progress to be made and we all have to start somewhere.  Anything is possible if attention is focused in the right areas and I believe Rio has the potential to turn things around.  <br><br><br><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><img src="/publicworkssite/MediaAssets/Lucas%20Headshot.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:115px;height:173px;" />​Lucas Mariacher is Phoenix's recycling coordinator. He oversees the Zero Waste team, which does community outreach and educates Phoenix residents about proper waste diversion. if you have questions about waste diversion or recycling, go to our <a href="http://facebook.com/PHXPublicWorks">Facebook</a> page on Thursdays and post your questions for Lucas to answer. <br></p><p> </p><p>​ ​​</p></div>9/21/2016 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