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Education and Community Outreach

In order to reach the city's zero waste goal by 2050, the Zero Waste team provides education and community outreach to teach the community about waste diversion. These methods include group tours of the city's North Gateway Transfer Station and Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), educational presentations to schools, neighborhood and community meetings and hosting informational booths at community events. 

The Zero Waste team is a great source of recycling education and information for residents and businesses. Please visit the Residential Recycling page for more information about the city's programs. 

2020 PHX2Zero Lecture Series featuring Bea Johnson

Request Form

Please fill out the following zero waste request form to request the Zero Waste team to give a presentation to your group, table at your event, or request a tour of the city's recycling facility. One of our team members will reach out to confirm the details of your request. 

Zero Waste Request Form

​​Virtual tour of the Recycling Facility


Recycling Facility Tours

Unfortunately, we will not be providing tours from September through the end of the year as our facility will be down for renovations. Keep checking this page or our social media accounts for updates when tours will be available to the public again. 

In the meantime, please check out our virtual recycling facility tour video above. We can also come out to your school or business to provide a recycling presentation. Thank you!​

The Zero Waste team hosts tours of North Gateway Transfer Station, where the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) or recycling facility is located. The MRF is where recyclables are both hand sorted and machine sorted. Tours take place on Thursdays and they must be scheduled at least three weeks in advance. Tours last approximately an hour. 

Recycling facility 

​​Tour times: 

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m. - Noon

​​1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Important: Your scheduled tour will start on-time. Please arrive at least 5 minutes early to your tour. If you need to cancel your tour, we require 24 hours notice.

Presentations

​The Zero Waste team provides presentations to various organizations including schools, neighborhoods, community groups and ​businesses. Presentations discuss what is recyclable in Phoenix, why it is important and how you can participate. Presentations last between 20-30 minutes. 

Zero waste team presenting at a school assembly

Community Events

The Zero Waste team participates in various community events all over Phoenix to inform residents about the city of Phoenix zero waste goal by 2050. Please contact us if you would like us to host an informational table at your event!Zero waste team at an event

Business Training

The Zero Waste team is available to train Phoenix businesses on best recycling practices. Presentations explain how to recycle right and how to ensure maximum participation in the business's recycling program. Presentations last between 20-30 minutes.

The Phoenix Green Business program is a program specifically designed for businesses that take an initiative on sustainability within their workplace. The program is free to businesses and offers many benefits, including social media recognition by the city, a window decal and annual invitation to an exclusive recognition event.

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