After the Salt River Pima recycling center caught on fire, many Fountain Hills residents have been unsure about the status of recycling for our community. We reached out to Stephen Herring, the Municipal Relationship Manager for Republic Services to find out the answers to people’s questions.
What is the status of recycling for Fountain Hills right now?
Recycling is active in Fountain Hills. Recyclable materials from the town currently go to the Phoenix North Gateway recycling facility.
Does your facility accept glass?
Yes, Republic Services accepts glass for recycling in Fountain Hills. Some communities around the country have decided to stop accepting glass because, even though it is recyclable, there is little demand for it. The good news is that when glass is recycled in the Phoenix area, it can be turned into new bottles or fiberglass insulation.
What are some common issues you see in your facility that you wish customers could understand?
A common issue is what we call “wish-cycling”. People have the best intentions when it comes to recycling, but unfortunately, some items we think could be recycled lead to contamination and other issues at the recycling facility. These items include food waste, garden hoses, Styrofoam, household tools, wood and sticks, medical needles, diapers, and food-stained material (for example, a greasy or cheesy pizza box). It is important that items are empty, clean, and dry before putting them in the recycling bin.
What should people do with plastic grocery bags?
Plastic grocery bags should be returned to the grocery store or other stores where you got them. Most businesses have a location to accept these bags free of charge. They are recyclable, just not in the All-in-One recycling program. The bags can even cause problems when they get to our facilities because they get tangled in the equipment, leading to shutdowns.
What would you like customers to know during COVID-19?
Republic Services is an essential service provider, with most of our 36,000 employees working in the field. To thank them and to help support our local businesses, we launched a $20 million initiative called Committed to Serve. Through this initiative, we’ve returned more than $260,000 to local businesses in the Valley. Republic Services is proud to be the hauler for residential recycling and trash in Fountain Hills.
How can people get Fountain Hills-specific information from Republic Services?
Customers may visit our website for information at www.republicservices.com/schedule or call us at 602-237-2078.