Celebrate Earth Day All Year Round With ‘I Recycle PHX’ — Next Event is Feb. 15

Join Keep Phoenix Beautiful in celebration of 50 years of Earth Day by participating in an upcoming I Recycle PHX event. Keep Phoenix Beautiful has partnered with co-sponsors Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, 850zip and the City of Phoenix Department of Public Works for the 2019–20 I Recycle PHX event series.

Upcoming Phoenix events include Feb. 15 at Happy Valley Towne Center, on the southeast corner of I-17 and Happy Valley Road, and April 4 at Desert Ridge Marketplace, 21001 North Tatum Boulevard. Both events take place from 7am to noon.

These one-stop recycling events include document destruction; recycling of electronics, batteries and bicycles; and donations of textiles, school supplies, food and hygiene products. For a full list of acceptable items, visit www.recyclecleanphoenix.org.

Hazardous materials such as CRT monitors, CRT televisions, prescription drugs, oil, paint and chemicals are not accepted at I Recycle events. To dispose of these items, residents should attend the next Household Hazardous Waste event: March 13–14 at Rose Mofford Park, 9833 North 25th Avenue, Phoenix. Visit www.phoenix.gov/publicworks to learn more about hazardous waste collection.

For additional information about recycling and other Keep Phoenix Beautiful activities, visit www.keepphxbeautiful.org.

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Show Some Love For Your ‘Mother’

Celebrate Earth Day at family-friendly event

Keep Phoenix Beautiful and Republic Services present the Eighth Annual Earth Day celebration Saturday, April 22, from 11am-4pm, at Steele Indian School Park.

Enjoy a day at the park while learning from various exhibitors on how to live a greener lifestyle and better take care of “Mother Earth.” In addition to exhibitors, this family-friendly event will include eco-classes (such as Composting 101), activities for children, live music and food trucks (including Boca Taco TruckBurger Passion and Pho King Kitchen).

Since it is Earth Day, organizers highly recommend taking alternative modes of transportation. Grid Bikes and the Metro Light Rail have a stop right at the entrance. This is a zero-waste event – composting and recycling bins will be available throughout the event.

Keep Phoenix Beautiful (www.keepphxbeautiful.org) is an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. They have been active in Phoenix since 1982 to involve and educate residents about recycling management and beautification practices.

For more information about Phoenix Earth Day 2017 events, visit www.earthdayphoenix.org.

Investing In Planet Earth

grass planetFive ways to keep on the green side

By Kathryn M. Miller ~ No matter which side of the climate change/global warming debate one falls on, it cannot be denied that planet Earth is home, and as any conscientious homeowner will tell you, upkeep and pride of ownership are key to maintaining value.

Earth Day is April 22, and the perfect opportunity to reflect on how we are treating ol’ Mother Earth, and perhaps consider investing in her health. Here are five ways to ditch the debate and just keep on the “green side.”

  1. Do Some Spring Cleaning: But don’t fill the dumpster! Donate gently used items to area charities such as Goodwill or St. Vincent de Paul, or find a boutique consignment shop for higher-end items. A one-stop-recycling-stop, I Recycle Phoenix takes place May 2. Open to all residents, they will be able to recycle just about anything. Visit www.recyclecleanphoenix.org.
  2. Recycle Landscaping Waste: Check out the City of Phoenix Green Organics Curbside Collection Program (www.phoenix.gov/publicworks/recycling) – perfect for households that have weekly landscaping maintenance and/or own large properties. Phase I includes a good portion of the North Phoenix area. Phase II has been approved and will expand the service area.
  3. Cut Down On Unsolicited Mail: Opt out at www.optoutprescreen.com at www.dmachoice.org.
  4. Dig Into Composting: Home cooks and gardeners may find composting a wise investment. The City of Phoenix offers composting bins for $5 (call 602.262.7251). The City of Scottsdale provides tips to get started at www.scottsdaleaz.gov/recycle/compostinginfo. DIY not your thing? Recycled City, LLC will pick up food waste and turn it into compost gold for residents and businesses alike. Visit www.recycledcity.com or call 480.269.5149.
  5. Get Educated & Involved: Earth Day Phoenix 2015 (www.earthdayphoenix.org) will be held at PHX Renews (www.phxrenews.org) April 25 from 11am-5pm. PHX Renews was implemented by Keep Phoenix Beautiful and works on projects throughout the year. Learn more at www.keepphxbeautiful.org. |CST

PHX Renews: Coming Soon To A Vacant Lot Near You?

New Downtown Phoenix project a prototype for other areas

PHOENIX – Mayor Greg Stanton along with Keep Phoenix Beautiful, Barron Collier Companies and community leaders yesterday opened PHX Renews – a major project that’s transforming a 15-acre vacant lot in Central Phoenix into a sustainable public space.
PHX Renews is the largest transformation of vacant land happening in the country and sits in the heart of Phoenix on the northeast corner of Indian School Road and Central Avenue, at the historic Steele Indian School Park. The initiative is partnership between Keep Phoenix Beautiful, a nonprofit, and Barron Collier Companies, owners of the property.
“When I became mayor, I recognized the negative impact vacant lots have on our community and businesses. So, we got to work to bring businesses, community members and non-profits together to transform these lots into new opportunities,” Stanton says. “This is the first step to creating a vibrant urban core for Phoenix. I want this project to serve as a prototype of a living, learning laboratory of how other vacant properties can be transformed into great public spaces.”
As a creative partnership, this project brings no additional cost to the City since the land is on loan from Barron Collier Companies and all design and building services are provided by Smith Group/JJR Design Firm. The project will be managed by Keep Phoenix Beautiful.
“Barron Collier Companies is pleased to provide this opportunity to the citizens of Phoenix, and we have enjoyed working with the mayor and City officials to make this a reality,” says Gary DuBrock of Barron Collier Companies.
This is just the start and over the next 18 months, PHX Renews will evolve as a community driven effort showing how citizens, nonprofits and organizations can work together to shape the future of their community. Mayor Stanton also wants to make it easier to get City approval for more projects like this in Downtown Phoenix and in light rail areas.

These are the projects happening right now at PHX Renews:

  • Urban community farming supporting local non-profits, communities and Valley refugees
  • Sustainable technology to improve energy, water and food cultivation
  • Outdoor education space for local schools focusing on environmental science programs with the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Office
  • Educational opportunities for nearby schools and community members teaching everything from small urban gardening, recycling, wise energy and water use to alternative transportation
  • Large community art displays and cultural projects
  • Creative use of play and social spaces

All of these sustainable projects and outdoor displays will be temporary since the end goal is to attract redevelopment in the years ahead. However, the idea is for the partnerships between community and business leaders to continue to grow and bring real solutions for the vacant lot problem.

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