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City closes recycling centers to curb illegal dumping

Posted at 11:44 AM, Jun 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-21 20:45:16-04

City officials are shutting down several recycling centers in order to stop illegal dumping.

According to Cristina Polsgrove of Tucson's Environmental Services department, sites at Morris K. Udall Park and Miller-Golf Links Library are closing by the end of the week.

"They are being closed because of the ongoing illegal dumping of debris, furniture, green waste and other non-recyclables," she said via email. "ES has tried new signage, replacing roll-offs with 8-yard dumpsters all to no avail. The remaining sites will be adjacent to other City facilities and more visible areas which we are hoping will deter those using these sites as mini-dumps."

Other closures that will come by the end of the month include Joaquin Murrieta Park, Golf Links Sports Park, Kenney Park, Booth-Fickett Magnet School, Jacobs Park and Himmel Park.

The city's recycling sites will remain open, and three others -- at Fire Station 15, 2002 Mission Road; Eastside City Hall, 7575 E. Speedway and Ward 4 Council Office, 8123 E. Poinciana Drive -- will open next month.