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Recycling pick up changes to every other week starting Sept. 30

Posted at 5:46 AM, Sep 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-30 11:25:29-04

TUCSON, Ariz. - Recycling pick up officially changes to every other week starting on Monday, September 30.

The change comes after an increase in recycling costs, according to the city's Environmental & General Services.

Previously recycling and trash were picked up every single week. Under the change blue bins will now only be collected once every other week.

City of Tucson residents were mailed a pamphlet which shows the day and week each part of town has their recycling picked up on.

Trash bins will still be picked up weekly.

The recycling pick up changes only apply to those who live within city limits and have their trash and recycling picked up by the City of Tucson.

Carlos De La Torre, the director of the Environmental & General Services Department, told KGUN9 they do not anticipate coming across too many people who fill up their recycling bin weekly. He said the department found a lot of the time recycling bins aren't completely full.

"Most of the recycling bins were not completely full. They were either a third full or half full," said De La Torre.

While the purpose for changing the recycling pick up schedule is to reduce costs associated with recycling, De La Torre said there could be other benefits from the change.

"Really would help us out on really reducing again our expenses, our presence in the neighborhood, noise, costs, impact to the roads and to the neighborhoods," he said.

Back in August, the City of Tucson announced they would be holding public meetings to discuss the recycling changes. The meetings were open to the public and held throughout September.

If your recycling bin gets full after a week you do have the option to take your recyclables to one of the seven neighborhood recycling centers. A list of where those are located can be found here.