By March 1, 2017

Spring Cleaning: Big Recycling Event Open to All

By Karen Goveia  —  From New River to Norterra, we all have junk. Now’s the time to clear the piles and pack up the Prius… (or the pickup)―no matter where you live.

Gather those paint cans, old electronics, unused medication and documents to be shredded, along with household and clothing donations, for the biggest recycling event in the North Phoenix area.

All are welcome; no proof of residency is required, but expect to pay a $3/gallon fee per paint can ($15 per 5-gallon can) and $5 for a tube TV (remember those!). Cash is the only accepted method of payment. The annual event is hosted by New River Desert Hills Community Association and the Maricopa County Waste Resources Department. The receiving organizations:

  • Goodwill (clothing and household donations)
  • ProShred (free document shredding)
  • GreenSheen Paint (latex paint only)
  • EGreen IT Solutions (free electronic waste)
  • Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (unused medication)

Tires, scrap metal and mixed household recyclables also accepted. For a detailed list of accepted items and electronics, visit

Recycle & Donate Event
7 a.m.‒1 p.m., Saturday, March 4
Maricopa County Transfer Station
41835 N. New River Road*

*NOTE: Google Maps does not properly locate the Transfer Station. Directions: Take the New River Road exit off I-17, proceed west 4.5 miles an the entrance is on the left.

Get Rewarded for Recycling

Phoenix launched a rewards program in January to educate residents on how to reduce the amount of trash that ends up in landfills. The city aims to double its waste diversion rate to 40 percent by 2020.

How it works: Phoenix residents can sign up at Recyclebank to earn points for reading articles on recycling and sustainability on its website. Redeem points at businesses such as Target and AMC Theatres.

Acceptable Items of the Recycling Event

Accepted Electronics  

  • Answering machines
  • Audio visual equipment
  • Cables & cords
  • Calculators
  • Cameras
  • CD/DVD drives
  • VCRs
  • Cell phones
  • Fax machines
  • Gaming systems
  • Hard drives
  • Keyboards
  • Mice
  • Speakers
  • Laptop batteries
  • LCD/CRT monitors
  • Medical monitoring devices
  • Microwaves
  • Miscellaneous computer parts
  • Plotters
  • Power supplies
  • Printers
  • Projectors
  • Radios
  • Walkie-talkies
  • Scanners
  • Servers
  • Smart boards
  • Dictation machines
  • Recorders
  • Stereos & speakers
  • Telephones
  • Televisions
  • Battery back ups
  • Motherboards
  • Desktop/Laptop computers
  • Monitors
  • DVD players
  • Copier/Printer cartridges

Aluminum Cans

Household Hazardous Waste

  • Dry cell batteries
  • Household batteries
  • Oil/Antifreeze (limit 5 gallons per visit)


  • Magazines
  • Newspaper
  • Cardboard
  • Shredded paper (in a clear and tied plastic bag)

Scrap Metal

Tires (limit 5 per visit)

Unbroken Glass

This article first published on North Phoenix News.

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