The City of Tucson’s Environmental & General Services Department (EGSD) will change residential recycling collection from every week to every other week beginning Sept. 30. The day of the week for a customer's recycling collection will not change. Trash collection is not affected.
The change is to help offset increasing costs for the processing of recyclables. Additionally, the market for recyclable commodities has dropped significantly. In Tucson, a majority of blue barrels collected each week are only 1/3 to 1/2 full, causing operational inefficiencies.
Public meetings will be held at various locations in September to further discuss this change. A bill insert with a map and schedule will be in the September Utility Services Statement. Residents will also receive a direct mail piece with their collection schedule and map.