What We Take and Where It Goes
Tempe is committed to managing waste responsibly and works closely with its partners to ensure the material is diverted from the landfill and recycled or reused. Here is an overview of what we take on Zero Waste Day and where it all goes.
Paper for shredding
Office paper, mail, other personal paper documents, magazines, books in poor condition
Documents are securely shredded and recycled by ASDD Document Destruction, a branch of the Tempe nonprofit, the Centers for Habilitation, which provides support and opportunities for people with physical and developmental disabilities.
Automobile tires are accepted. No bicycle or truck tires.
Tires are taken to the Southeast Waste Tire Collection Site run by the Maricopa County Waste Resources & Recycling Department and recycled into many items including crumb rubber, which is used in asphalt.
Clothing, furniture and household items
Items should be in good condition. Clothing, shoes, purses, belts, bedding, towels, toys, stuffed animals, books, cooking accessories, furniture, home décor, housewares, jewelry, tools, musical instruments, sports equipment.
Sold for reuse and recycled by Goodwill of Central Arizona which diverted over 100 million pounds of material from the landfill through reuse and recycling in 2015.
Household hazardous waste
Pool chemicals, toilet bowl cleaner, drain cleaner, ammonia cleaner, spot cleaner, oven cleaner, copper cleaner, lye, insecticides, herbicides, latex paint, oil based paints and stains, acetone (nail polish remover), paint thinners, glue, automotive oil, antifreeze, battery acid, brake fluid, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, liquefied petroleum gas cylinders, gasoline, lighter fluid, lubricants (WD-40), aerosol cans, soaps, waxes, perfume, adhesives,CFL bulbs, batteries, over-the-counter medication
Eighty-six to ninety-three percent of the hazardous materials collected are reused or recycled locally, regionally or nationally. Some products are redistributed to Tempe residents for free at the Household Products Collection Center.
Electronics, computer equipment and appliances
Working or non-working items accepted. PCs, laptops, monitors, power cords, printers, cabling, mice, keyboards, hard drives, tablets, cell phones,CDs, DVDs, printer cartridges, calculators, stereos, VCRs, TVs, power strips, microwaves, washers/dryers, refrigerators, freezers. Lawn mowers and other gas-powered items are okay as long as gas is removed.
All items are recycled by Veolia, a North American electronics recycling company with a facility in Phoenix.
Copper wire and tubing, steel, aluminum, cast aluminum, brass, brass shells, wire scrap
SA Recycling in Phoenix currently recycles all scrap metal for the City of Tempe.