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Phoenix launches pilot program for home hazardous waste pickup

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PHOENIX — The city of Phoenix announced Wednesday a six-month pilot program that will allow residents to schedule a home pickup to safely dispose of any household hazardous waste materials.

Only items listed on the accepted materials list, such as paints, chemicals, aerosols, batteries and electronics, will be collected and properly disposed of, according to the city.

“The HHW Home Pickup Pilot Program is another example of the ways the city of Phoenix is adapting to the realities of COVID-19 while still providing crucial services,” Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said in a press release. “This home pickup program makes it easy for residents to properly dispose of hazardous materials, including things like batteries and paint.

“We expect this effort will result in up to 700 tons of waste diverted from landfills annually. I’m proud that Phoenix can provide this common-sense service at no additional cost to residents.”

The pickup is free for Phoenix residents with a city services bill.

Dates can be scheduled online or by calling 602-262-6251 beginning Jan. 19.

Materials should be placed in a visible area near a garage or front door, not at the curb or on the sidewalk due to safety reasons, the city says.

On average, Phoenix’s hazardous materials collection program diverts approximately 500-700 tons of waste from the landfill.

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