Most DC Ranch residents know the basic routine for trash disposal: the black barrel is for garbage and is picked up on Wednesdays, and the mauve barrel is for recyclables and is picked up on Fridays. Below are 7 ways you can help keep DC Ranch beautiful, utilizing waste management resources offered by the City of Scottsdale and the DC Ranch community.
“Trash” pick-up is intended for household waste that is non-hazardous and non-construction in nature. Things like food waste, rubber bands, kleenex, paper towels, plates, napkins, gift wrap, diapers or other non-recyclable and non-toxic items.
Scottsdale’s recycling program includes aluminum and steel beverage cans, clean food trays, foil, food cans and aerosol cans; paper or Plastic milk/juice containers, food boxes, glass food and beverage containers (only clear, green or amber), magazines and phone books, newspaper and inserts, plastic cups and containers.
The city’s recycling program does not accept plastic bags, folding chair frames, foil juice bags, plastic packing material, bar soap or detergent boxes, wax, light bulbs, window glass, ceramics or pottery, paper or hardback books, toxic materials, rubber bands, tissue, paper towels, plates, napkins, gift wrap, diapers, pet food bags, Fed-ex or self-sealing envelopes, containers from motor oil, pool chemicals or styrofoam.
The city asks that residents put materials in paper bags to ensure materials do not blow out. Do not use plastic bags.
DC Ranch residents can schedule the pick-up of moving boxes or appliances by calling the city at 480-312-5600.
Moving boxes are a one-time-only service for new residents. Moving boxes must be broken down. Packing paper should be put in brown paper bags and put in your recycling bin during the normal recycling pick-up.
Appliances also are scheduled on an on-call basis. Doors must be removed.
Bulk waste includes items like yard waste, unwanted furniture, appliances and other goods that are too big or too large a quantity for normal pick-up.
Items should be in like piles. Limbs must be cut in pieces and no larger than 1′ in diameter and other yard waste must be in tied plastic garbage bags.
For everyone’s safety, glass and cacti should be in separate marked cardboard boxes.
The next collection date for DC Ranch is the week of December 29. Items may be left curbside no earlier than Monday morning that week.
Residents may bring unwanted electronics to designated sites on a Saturday every other month. The city accepts computers, printers, keyboards, mice, monitors, phones, pagers, calculators, cameras, TV’s, etc.
Fluorescent lights, bulbs, appliances and batteries are not accepted.
On a Saturday every other month (not coinciding with Electronics recycling) Scottsdale residents can drop off any household hazardous waste. This includes items like photo chemicals, auto fluids, household cleaners, pool acids, paints, solvents, stains, batteries, CFL and fluorescent light bulbs.
Tires, appliances and landscape waste is not accepted.
Bring unwanted electronics to the Desert Camp Community Center and the Community Council will appropriately dispose of your old MP3 players, DVD’s, video games, camera, iPods, iPhones, cell phones, chargers and batteries.
Beyond the aesthetic and face value of maintaining a clean community there are critical environmental reasons to know about the programs in our community. Solid waste is a compounding concern around the world.
In fact, people in the United States generate nearly 1.7 more pounds of waste per person per day than we did in 1960. In 1960 we each generated 2.7 pounds of solid waste and today we’re each creating nearly 4.4 pounds of waste for a total of 251 million tons per year.
The good news is that the number peaked in 2000 and has decreased each year since then. More good news is that we are recycling more than we did in 1960, but there is more all of us can do to reduce waste and recycle.
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