​​​​​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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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
food waste cover496https://www.phoenix.gov/publicworkssite/MediaAssets/TACKLINGFOOD WASTEIN PHX.pngfood waste coverhttps://www.phoenix.gov/publicworks/reimagine/reimaginenews/a-cycle-for-successhttps://www.phoenix.gov/public-works-media/496Public Works director blogs about tackling food waste in Phoenix. 0x0101009148F5A04DDD49CBA7127AADA5FB792B00AADE34325A8B49CDA8BB4DB53328F214007261B76BC63D0E4EBACF33B95059A506Image
Phoenix garbage trucks497https://www.phoenix.gov/publicworkssite/MediaAssets/Phoenix new shiny trucks.jpgPhoenix garbage truckshttps://www.phoenix.gov/publicworks/reimagine/reimaginenews/shiny-new-truckshttps://www.phoenix.gov/public-works-media/497​Oooh...shiny! Phoenix Public Works recently acquired some new garbage trucks. Have you seen them around your neighborhood? Read about the new equipment and then be on the lookout for them!​0x0101009148F5A04DDD49CBA7127AADA5FB792B00AADE34325A8B49CDA8BB4DB53328F214007261B76BC63D0E4EBACF33B95059A506Image
Diana Fellix cover487https://www.phoenix.gov/publicworkssite/MediaAssets/Dana Felix cover.pngDiana Fellix coverhttps://www.phoenix.gov/publicworks/reimagine/reimaginenews/her-passion-for-waste-diversion-educationhttps://www.phoenix.gov/public-works-media/487​A profile of one of the department's passionate educational outreach specialists, Diana Felix. 0x0101009148F5A04DDD49CBA7127AADA5FB792B00AADE34325A8B49CDA8BB4DB53328F214007261B76BC63D0E4EBACF33B95059A506Image
5 Things you need to know for a green Memorial Day504https://www.phoenix.gov/publicworkssite/MediaAssets/5 Things for Memorial Day.jpg5 Things you need to know for a green Memorial Dayhttps://www.phoenix.gov/publicworks/reimagine/reimaginenews/5-things-to-know-for-a-green-memorial-dayhttps://www.phoenix.gov/public-works-media/504​If you're planning a gathering with family and friends this Memorial Day weekend, here are some tips to make it less wasteful, more sustainable. 0x0101009148F5A04DDD49CBA7127AADA5FB792B00AADE34325A8B49CDA8BB4DB53328F214007261B76BC63D0E4EBACF33B95059A506Image

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5 Things To Know for a "Green" Memorial Day135 Things To Know for a "Green" Memorial Day5-things-to-know-for-a-green-memorial-dayhttps://www.phoenix.gov/publicworks/reimagine/reimaginenews/5-things-to-know-for-a-green-memorial-day<div class="ExternalClassCB39864D2B9D4CC4963EC03A585AE016"><p>by: Jillian Carapella​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.6;"><img src="/publicworkssite/MediaAssets/Memorial-Day.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:250px;height:168px;" />As you fire up the grill and spend your Monday, Memorial Day, with your friends and family to honor our brave men and women, don't forget to make your gathering less wasteful and more meaningful. Here are five easy ways to have a less wasteful Memorial Day event: </span></p><p><strong>1.</strong>       <strong>Serve your guests with reusable plates and utensils.</strong></p><p><strong></strong><span style="line-height:1.6;">Using washa</span><span style="line-height:1.6;">ble cups and plates means less waste gets sent to our landfills. If you have too many guests and not enough dishware, use biodegradable utensils and/or dinnerware. Also, if using plastic cups, ask guests to write their names on them to encourage reuse.​</span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.6;"><br></span> </p><p><strong>2.</strong>       <strong>Purchase local food.</strong></p><p><strong></strong>Go to your local farmers market to pick up fruits and vegetables that you would otherwise buy from a grocery store. Some great Phoenix farmers markets include <a href="http://phxpublicmarket.com/openair/">Open Air Market at Phoenix Public Marketplace</a>, <a href="http://www.arizonafarmersmarkets.com/pageRoadrunner/roadrunner.htm">Roadrunner Park Farmers Market</a> and <a href="http://uptownmarketaz.com/">Uptown Farmer's Market. </a><br><br></p><p><strong>3.</strong>       <strong>Return your plastic bags to your nearest grocery store.</strong></p><p><strong></strong>Plastic bags that you get from the grocery store are considered contaminants and cannot be recycled in Phoenix's residential recycling program.  When grocery shopping, remember to bring a few reusable bags. If you happen to have a bunch of plastic shopping bags, reuse them as trash liners for your small indoor waste containers or for pet waste.  <img src="/publicworkssite/MediaAssets/fruit-melon-watermelon.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:251px;height:167px;" /><br></p><p><strong>4.</strong>       <strong>Consider your grill. </strong></p><p><strong></strong>Don't use a wood-burning or charcoal grill if you can help it. If grilling is something you and your family do frequently, consider switching to an electric, propane or gas grill. These grills burn energy more effectively and release fewer pollutants into the air. <br><br></p><p><strong>5.</strong>       <strong>Give away or compost your leftovers.</strong></p><p><strong></strong>Your guests might want to take the extra slices of watermelon home with them, but if not, you can compost it to make your own, organic fertilizer. Not ready to do your own composting? Find a friend who does and ask if you can contribute to thier composting pile.  </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><em><img class="ms-rtePosition-1" src="/publicworkssite/MediaAssets/Jillian%20Carapella.JPG" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:129px;height:168px;" />About the author: </em><em>Jillian Carapella is the ​Public Works Communication intern as well as a full-time ASU student. She is pursuing a career in public relations and serves as the ASU President of the Public Relations Student Society of America. Jillian hopes to one day practice PR in New York City. </em><br> </p><p>​ ​</p></div>5/24/2016 7:00:00 AM
A Cycle for Success11A Cycle for Successa-cycle-for-successhttps://www.phoenix.gov/publicworks/reimagine/reimaginenews/a-cycle-for-success<div class="ExternalClassB843CEAA723A4FE8A3257DC559F0A862"><p><img src="/publicworkssite/MediaAssets/food%20waste%20at%2027th%20TS.jpg" alt="food waste at 27th TS.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-1" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:172px;" />​<span style="line-height:1.6;">One man's trash is another man's treasure… and in Phoenix, we treasure our trash especially when we reimagine it in an entirely new way.</span></p><p>We are facing challenging times. The responsibility is on all of us to do our part. We know how to throw out the trash. Many of us recycle. But most of us are still not using the right muscles to compost. It's not difficult. But you have to do it right.  Currently, the city of Phoenix sees 15% of its residential trash made up of food waste. Insight from ReFED's recently launched <a href="http://refed.com/download">Roadmap to Reduce U.S. Food Waste</a> is just that; a roadmap we can all use to turn the tables on food waste.  It can guide us all to create efficient ways to prevent, divert and donate our food waste for better use and put us on track to achieve the nation's 50% food waste reduction goal by 2030. And we've already been implementing some of its suggested solutions here in Phoenix. </p><p>More than a year ago, the city of Phoenix decided to become a leader in sustainability by making big changes. We chose to take an ambitious step forward by putting together a pilot program to see if a city could compost the food its residents and workers toss away in the trash each and every day. We kicked things off in a big way – with Super Bowl 49.  Hundreds of thousands of rabid football fans converged on downtown Phoenix for a week of partying before the big game more than a year ago. Our "Kick the Waste Initiative" was the perfect test of our pilot food waste and composting program. By placing compost containers in the 12-block perimeter of the party zone for the Super Bowl, we were able to achieve a 73 percent diversion rate. This is consistent with ReFED's analysis, which finds that 73% of recycling opportunity is expected to come from centralized Composting and Anaerobic Digestion facilities.  Through the same program, we were able to take food scraps and soiled paper to our new pilot composting facility and, three months later, were ready to use the material on city landscape and gardening projects. </p><p>Fast forward to today, and the second half of our two-year pilot program. We just hosted the College Football Playoffs – another opportunity to demonstrate how this program can work.  And it did. We <img src="/publicworkssite/MediaAssets/resized%20containers.jpg" alt="resized containers.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="margin:5px;width:316px;height:172px;" />kept almost 82 percent of event waste out of our landfills, and we're not slowing down. We've expanded the program to include two of our busiest city-run office buildings and one of our fire stations. There, we gather food scraps in lunch areas and send it for processing. One day soon, we hope to implement this program city-wide. To make that a reality, we are building a massive composting facility at one of our city's transfer stations.  When operational, staff will take the food they collect from our buildings and other businesses and residential areas to the city-owned facility so it can be repurposed for something greater. </p><p>So why are we doing this? As a city, we feel it is our obligation to lead the way in setting the right example. What is great about this endeavor is that it is very attainable if everyone does their small part. If, at the end of each meal, people think about what's left on their plate, and dispose of it properly, then we will be successful. Imagine a world, where garbage bins are seldom seen – and mostly empty. Right now, they carry the heavy load of our waste. But slowly and surely, we can tip the scales so that our recycle bins and compost canisters are full with reusable waste – helping slow down the rate by which our landfills are filling up.</p><p>The city of Phoenix takes great pride in leading the way.</p><p>I challenge other cities to do the same. We must treasure our trash. It is a valuable resource. Let's think big, and make big changes. But we must do it together.  </p><p><br></p><p><span style="font-family:'segoe ui', segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><img src="/publicworkssite/MediaAssets/Trujillo%20J.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:105px;height:158px;" /><em>About the author: John Trujillo has 22 years of local government experience and is currently the director for the Phoenix Public Works Department, a department with more than 1,100 employees. As the Public Works Director, John has managed all major programs and operations for Public Works, including facilities maintenance, energy, administration, fleet maintenance and solid waste. ​</em></span></p></div>5/18/2016 7:00:00 AM
Oooh, shiny new trucks!12Oooh, shiny new trucks!shiny-new-truckshttps://www.phoenix.gov/publicworks/reimagine/reimaginenews/shiny-new-trucks<div class="ExternalClassB7F7458B3888489797EE2236BC1D0903"><p>​by: Justeen Cook</p><p><img src="/publicworkssite/MediaAssets/Side%20Silver%20and%20Maroon%20RESIZED.jpg" alt="Side Silver and Maroon RESIZED.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-1" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:229px;" />Are you one of those people, who stop to take pictures of garbage trucks while you are on vacation?  Or run to the window when you hear that big truck coming by on collection day, not because you forgot to put out the can, but because you just want to see the truck in action?  Don't worry, you are not alone. There are others who also find these trucks as fascinating as you!  Entire websites are dedicated to their awesomeness, and while I cannot dedicate an entire website, I can dedicate a page.  </p><p>Our Solid Waste Field Services division runs over 150 daily routes, and accumulates over 900,000 miles annually on our refuse trucks to service 395,000 living units.  The star of the show, and the workhorse of the fleet, is a fully automated side loader equipped with GPS, multi-view cameras, and joystick control.  Our operators have the ability to maneuver, view and control their trucks from their right-hand side driver's seat allowing for a faster, safer pickup of refuse containers.   </p><p><span style="line-height:20.8px;">R</span><span style="line-height:20.8px;">ecently, the city purchased a few new </span><span style="line-height:20.8px;">side loader</span><span style="line-height:20.8px;"> trucks to repla</span><span style="line-height:20.8px;">c</span><span style="line-height:20.8px;">e aging ones. You may have seen a few of these new trucks roaming your neighborhood already! T</span><span style="line-height:20.8px;">hese</span><span style="line-height:20.8px;"> </span><span style="line-height:20.8px;">s</span><span style="line-height:20.8px;">i</span><span style="line-height:20.8px;">de loaders </span><span style="line-height:20.8px;">are sporting the n</span><span style="line-height:20.8px;">ew paint scheme -- a very stylish and</span><span style="line-height:20.8px;"> modern silver coating </span><span style="line-height:20.8px;">with maroon accents and the well-recognized Phoenix logo.</span><span style="line-height:20.8px;"> In the back, the colorful Reimagine Phoenix logo is prominent. Pretty snazzy and shiny</span><span style="line-height:20.8px;">, right?</span>​<br></p><p>These are extremely specialized trucks and take approximately 4-6 months to build from start to finish. Each garbage truck is actually a collaboration between two manufacturers, a truck chassis manufacturer and a refuse body manufacturer.  The chassis manufacturer is responsible for building the cab, frame, and installing the powertrain. This consists of the engine, transmission and other essential<img src="/publicworkssite/MediaAssets/RESIZED%202.jpg" alt="RESIZED 2.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="margin:5px;width:321px;height:176px;" /> components that give the truck the ability to drive.  These "rolling chassis" are then shipped to the body manufacturer to become garbage trucks.  The refuse body manufacturer is responsible for joining two separate entities, the chassis and the body, into one seamless working vehicle.   This is done by attaching a prefabricated refuse body to the truck frame, along with installing all the electrical, hydraulic, and fuel system components that allow the body to operate.</p><br><p>In the city of Phoenix.  we utilize a diverse mix of body and chassis manufacturers. Within our fleet you will find brands like, Peterbilt, Autocar, Mack, Dadee, Wayne, and McNeilus. The newest trucks in our fleet run on clean <a href="http://www.cngnow.com/what-is-cng/Pages/default.aspx">Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fuel</a> and get their power from a 320 horsepower Cummins ISL engine.  With three to four axles, and a minimum empty weight of over 33,000 pounds, these trucks weigh eight times more than an average four door sedan.  The automated grabber arm will pick up cans ranging in weight from 1,600 to 2,000 pounds.  Each truck is designed to carry anywhere from 10,000 up to 20,000 pounds of payload depending on the truck length and body capacity.  What all these numbers add up to are trucks that are built to perform a heavy duty job, in an extreme environment, that are able to get the job done day in and day out.</p><p><img src="/publicworkssite/MediaAssets/RESIZED.jpg" alt="RESIZED.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-1" style="margin:5px;width:326px;height:178px;" />The next time one of these trucks is in your neighborhood, take a moment to appreciate the amazing engineering that goes into making these trucks operate. If you feel the urge, take a couple of photos to share with your friends!</p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><em><img src="/publicworkssite/MediaAssets/Justeen%20Cook%20IMG_0526%20200x300.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:90px;height:135px;vertical-align:baseline;" />About the author: </em><em>Justeen Cook is a Solid Waste Fleet Analyst for the Field Services division of Phoenix's Public Works Solid Waste Program.  Justeen has worked with the city for four years and brings 16 years of fleet experience to her position.  She is an avid DIYer who loves working on home improvement projects, spending time with friends and family, and yes she has more than a few photos of garbage trucks.</em></p><p>​​<br></p></div>5/18/2016 7:00:00 AM
Her Passion for Waste Diversion Education10Her Passion for Waste Diversion Educationher-passion-for-waste-diversion-educationhttps://www.phoenix.gov/publicworks/reimagine/reimaginenews/her-passion-for-waste-diversion-education<div class="ExternalClass96DD1FA2468D420C8BB1DCED7AD979C9"><p>by: Jillian Carapella</p><p>​<img class="ms-rtePosition-1" src="/publicworkssite/MediaAssets/Diana%20at%20event.jpeg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:280px;height:160px;" /><span style="line-height:1.6;">If anyone knows how to make a difference, it's Diana Felix.</span></p><p>As a Reimagine Information Specialist, Felix empowers Phoenix residents to change their waste disposal behaviors to make our city more sustainable.</p><p>But before she began educating residents to improve the management of solid waste, Felix began her employment with the city of Phoenix as a helpful ​custodial worker. </p><p><span style="line-height:1.6;">S</span><span style="line-height:1.6;">tarting in 1994, Felix was a hard-working and helpful custodian for the city's Aviation Department and served in that position for 11 years. She was responsible for directing travelers to their gates and keeping up with the maintenance of all terminals at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, one of the busiest airports in the world.</span><br></p><p>"I always enjoyed helping people when I was needed," Felix said. "I was often asked to fill in for higher positions when they needed me."</p><p>She was well-respected and well-liked in her position. Felix strived to expand her knowledge. In addition to her duties at the airport, she enrolled in computer classes to enrich her skillset for her next adventure within the city. Twenty-two years later, Felix serves as one of Phoenix Public Works' talented information specialists, and believes the most rewarding aspect of her career is being able to make a difference. </p><p>"If I can change people's habits and teach them to help participate in all the Reimagine efforts and to have them tell others, it will make a difference," Felix said. "Then I know I did my job."</p><p>Felix especially loves to make a difference in the lives of Phoenix children. As an information specialist, she gets to visit schools in the city to teach students about sustainability. Felix recalled a moment in particular that impacted her was when a group of third-grade girls hugged her tightly after one of her presentations and thanked her for teaching them about recycling.​ ​<img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/publicworkssite/MediaAssets/Diana%20with%20kids.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:162px;height:288px;" /></p><p>"They said 'thank you for teaching us about recycling and what we have to do to save our Earth; you are important to us!'" Felix said. "I told them 'thank you and that I love my job when I make a difference to you.'"</p><p>Felix says she's thankful for all the opportunities she's earned within the city of Phoenix, and will always do her best to educate and inspire others to help the city reach its 40 percent waste diversion goal ​by  2020. </p><p>"I feel you need a passion for this job and have to work very hard to convince the community that recycling and other ways to divert trash away from our landfill are imperative to a sustainable city," Felix said. "Recycling is just one way to achieve our Reimagine goal!"</p><p>Reimagine Information Specialists work with the community to educate and encourage residents and neighborhood organizations to participate in helping Phoenix achieve its waste diversion goal. For more information about Reimagine Information Specialists or to schedule a <a href="/publicworks/education">tour of the transfer station or materials recovery facility (MRF)​</a>, email <a href="mailto:ReimaginePhoenix@phoenix.gov">ReimaginePhoenix@phoenix.gov</a>.​</p><p><br> </p><p><em><img class="ms-rtePosition-1" src="/publicworkssite/MediaAssets/Jillian%20Carapella.JPG" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:105px;height:138px;" />About the author: </em><em>Jillian Carapella is the ​Public Works Communication intern as well as a full-time ASU student. She is pursuing a career in public relations and serves as the ASU President of the Public Relations Student Society of America. Jillian hopes to one day practice PR in New York City. ​</em><br></p><p>​<br></p></div>5/17/2016 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