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Rising Costs Could End Phoenix's Municipal Recycling Program

The city of Phoenix will either have to raise the rate for waste removal int he city or cut programs like recycling.
November 14, 2019, 11am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Phoenix, Arizona
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"Disposing of trash, recyclables and yard waste is getting more expensive for Phoenix, and the city likely will have to start passing that cost onto customers or discontinue its recycling and compost programs altogether," reports Jessica Boehm.

The cost of waste removal for single-family residences in Phoenix has held steady for ten years, at $26.80 a month, but that rate is no longer enough to cover expense for the services of Phoenix Public Works.

"Just to continue curbside trash pickup in Phoenix, the city will need to raise the rate by $4.75 per month. If it wants to keep its recycling and green organics programs as well, the city will have to bump the rate by $6.40," according to Boehm.

The article includes more details about the four rate change proposals under consideration before the City Council, which will vote on the issue in January.

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Published on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 in Arizona Republic
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