New Blue Bins Coming to Your Community
FLORENCE – The Pinal County Board of Supervisors recently voted to award Right Away Disposal (RAD) a multi-year contract to provide recycling services in Pinal County. County trucks and labor will no longer service the recycling sites around the county but the terms of the contract with RAD will not cost county taxpayers a penny.
Right Away Disposal (RAD) will provide recycling services to the county beginning October 17, 2011. County recycling bins will be replaced with bins that will have RAD and Pinal County decals on them. RAD will collect and process recyclable materials that otherwise would end up in landfills. Countywide Recycling Drop-off Locations and a list of acceptable recyclable items will be listed on the Material Recovery Center’s web site at: www.pinalcountyaz.gov/Departments/PublicWorks/MaterialRecoveryCenter/Pages/Home.aspx.
For several years, Pinal County officials have encouraged recycling as part of their Going Green initiatives. Recycling typically offered a trio of benefits – it extends the life of the county’s landfills, recycling puts good raw material back to use and sales from the raw material can generate income.
“The income side of the equation became increasingly hard to predict and it became increasingly costly to service the recycling sites in labor, fuel, trucking and maintenance,” said Ken Buchanan, Assistant County Manager for Development Services. “Commodity prices for reusable glass, plastic, cardboard and metals have fluctuated wildly in recent years. The public-private partnership model made more sense and the Board approved the agreement with RAD for recycling countywide.”
Pinal County will continue to provide waste tire and appliance recycling services. The drop-off locations for this service are also listed on the web site.
The County will not host any more “Free Dump Days.” Budget constraints for the fiscal year 2011-2012 eliminated funding for this service. The Cactus Waste Landfill will continue to host four free disposal days at their expense. The Cactus Waste Landfill free disposal days are also listed on the web site.
Pinal County encourages communities to continue hosting neighborhood clean ups. Anyone organizing a community clean up day can let us know ahead of time and we can post it on the Material Recovery Center web site.
Residents or businesses with questions or concerns about recycling may call (520) 866-6685. Thank you for helping keep Pinal County clean.