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Recycling

This document is updated every time there is information about recycling in the newspaper. This information can change so telephone the recycling agency for details before you go.

General Recycling

Call 1-800-CLEAN-UP (800-253-2687) toll-free for nearest recycling drops.

Starts with a welcome from "AZ environmental hotline" then connects to a nationwide service that is searchable via zip code.  Includes locations to dispose pesticides, motor oil, and the like.   Also has recorded information on water quality, composting, and renewable energy.

Christmas Tree Recycling/TreeCycle

TreeCycle, an annual program of the City of Tucson, offers area residents an opportunity to bring their Christmas trees in to selected sites for recycling. Sites are made available throughout Tucson and Oro Valley. Upon recycling, trees are turned into wood chips, which are then available at no cost to those who wish to take them home for applications like gardening.

For more information and up-to-date schedules for TreeCycle, please call the City of Tucson's Recycling InfoLine at (520) 791-5000 or visit the Environmental Services website at www.tucsonaz.gov/esd.

Electronic Equipment Recycling

To recycle electronic equipment, the equipment should be in WORKING condition.  

Some charities including the Salvation Army accept working computers and electronics for resale. Some businesses such as Bookman's Entertainment Exchange buy and sell computers and electronics depending on condition.

Cameras and GPS Units

  • Tucson conservation organization Reptile & Amphibian Ecology International accepts donations of electronic equipment including used digital cameras and GPS units to aid in its mission of tracking and documenting reptiles and amphibians in the field. The organization aims to put used equipment in the hands of biologist and volunteers in study areas. While GPS units and digital cameras are most needed, a February 2011 article in the Arizona Daily Star notes that the organization has a varied list of needs including “notebook computers, iPhones, sound recording equipment, and water filters”.

To donate, you may send or drop off items to the Reptile & Amphibian Ecology International’s headquarters at 3901 W. Calle Don Miguel, Tucson, AZ 85746. For more information, visit the organization’s website at www.reptilesandamphibians.org or call (520) 647-1434.

Computers

Tucson-area computer recyclers include:

  • Rise (formerly Pima Computer Recycling and formerly Desert Waste Not Warehouse): 1134 S. Park Avenue. (520) 623-7162.
  • Rural Disabled Assistance Foundation. (520) 795-3150.
  • Los Reales Landfill, 5300 E. Los Reales has a special collection area for computers and electronics recycling.
  • The Tucson/Pima County Household Hazardous Waste Program main site, 2440 W. Sweetwater Drive. No charge.
  • Household Hazardous Waste outreach sites: East Side City Hall, 7575 E. Speedway Blvd.; El Pueblo Neighborhood Center, 101 W. Irvington Road; Park and Ride Parking Lot on Ina Road, one block west of Oracle Road. No charge.
  • Various computer companies also have recycling programs:
  • Dell Inc. offers free recycling of all Dell products through its Web site. It routes usable computers to the National Cristina Foundation, which donates them to charities, schools and public agencies. www.dell.com/recycle
  • Hewlett-Packard http://www.hp.com/
  • Apple Computer http://www.apple.com/ 
  • Gateway   http://www.gateway.com

Televisions 

  • Rise (Formerly Pima Computer Recycling and formerly Desert Waste Not Warehouse) 1134 S. Park Avenue; open 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. (520) 623-7162.
  • The Tucson/Pima County Household Hazardous Waste Program main site, 2440 W. Sweetwater Drive. No charge.
  • Household Hazardous Waste outreach sites: East Side City Hall, 7575 E. Speedway Blvd.; El Pueblo Neighborhood Center, 101 W. Irvington Road; Park and Ride Parking Lot on Ina Road, one block west of Oracle Road. No charge.
  • Los Reales Landfill, 5300 E. Los Reales has a special collection area for computers and electronics recycling.

VCRs, DVD players, radios, video-game systems, MP3 players

  • Rise (Formerly Pima Computer Recycling and formerly Desert Waste Not Warehouse) 1134 S. Park Avenue; open 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. (520) 623-7162.
  • The Tucson/Pima County Household Hazardous Waste Program main site, 2440 W. Sweetwater Drive. No charge.
  • Household Hazardous Waste outreach sites: East Side City Hall, 7575 E. Speedway Blvd.; El Pueblo Neighborhood Center, 101 W. Irvington Road; Park and Ride Parking Lot on Ina Road, one block west of Oracle Road. No charge.
  • Los Reales Landfill, 5300 E. Los Reales has a special collection area for computers and electronics recycling.

Cellular Phones

  • Brewster Center Domestic Violence Services. (520) 320-7556.  www.thebrewstercenter.org.
  • Tucson Clean and Beautiful. (520) 791-3109.
  • Most cell phone companies accept phones for recycling.
  • Some schools collect used cell phones.

Light Bulbs

Incandescent bulbs can be disposed of in ordinary trash receptacles.

Fluorescent lamps, including the new compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) can be recycled at:

  • City of Tucson/Pima County Household Hazardous Waste Site, 2440 W. Sweetwater Dr., (520) 888-6947, Fridays and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon only.
  • Outreach locations (first Saturday of the month, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon):
  • Tucson Water Plant # 2, 1102 W. Irvington Rd. on the north side of Irvington Rd. just west of I-19
  • Park & Ride lot, south side of Ina Rd. just west of Oracle Rd.
  • Tucson Eastside City Hall, 7575 E. Speedway Blvd.

The following businesses accept compact fluorescent lights for disposal:

  • The Home Depot

3925 W. Costco Dr. (520) 575-8750

10855 N. Oracle Rd.  (520) 877-3533

4302 N. Oracle Rd.  (520) 408-7201

1155 W. Irvington Rd.  (520) 294-1233

3689 E. Broadway Blvd.  (520) 327-3050

7677 E. Broadway Blvd.  (520) 722-6171

 

Sources: 

"Donate old digital cameras to aid wildlife researchers." Arizona Daily Star. February 3, 2011. http://azstarnet.com/news/local/article_1e28ee09-1705-521c-8172-2600af7c4f09.html 

“Places to recycle electronics.” Arizona Daily Star. January 6, 2010. Page A7.

"Reduce-Reuse-Recycle Directory Tucson and Pima County." Tucson Clean & Beautiful. www.tucsonaz.gov/tcb/rd/rmbsr3.htm#light (accessed December 29, 2011).

"Tis the Season" TucsonAZ.gov Home | The Official Website for the City of Tucson, Arizona. http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/es/announcement/tis-season (accessed December 29, 2011).   

     

SEE ALSO

E-Waste

 

Article tagged with: Recycle, Recycling

Last Update: 12-29-2011 9:49am

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