Know before you throw

A section of Miller Road was closed between McDowell and Oak and a city solid waste truck driver was transported to the hospital April 8 after a chemical was found leaking from a Scottsdale garbage truck.

Firefighters determined the liquids were pool chemicals picked up by the truck from a nearby residence, causing respiratory irritation to the garbage truck driver.

Hazardous chemicals may cause a reaction when mixed with other solid waste material in a garbage truck, and can even become toxic or combust, jeopardizing the health and safety of our drivers and the public.

It’s an important reminder that household cleaners, swimming pool chemicals, paint, automotive fluids, batteries and electronics should not be placed in trash, recycling containers, or placed out for brush and bulk collection. 

Scottsdale Solid Waste offers two ways to recycle household hazardous waste – at an annual drop-off event at the city’s corporation yard and through monthly home collection.

Learn more about acceptable and unacceptable container items and how to schedule at home collection.

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