New Collection Day - November 01, 2021

Trash & Recycling Collection Days Are Changing

Beginning November 01, 2021, most Scottsdale trash and recycling residential customers will have a new pick-up day. Scottsdale will now pick up recycling and trash five days a week. To achieve this about 95 percent of Scottsdale residents will have a change to trash and/or recycling curbside days.

The primary reason for this day of service change is to improve efficiency and make it easier to process recyclables. Current trash and recycling routes have become unbalanced due to the growth of the city. The new collection schedule is based on the number of homes on a route and the amount/weight of solid waste and recycling collected.

Operating more efficiently means the city can balance the size of collection routes to provide more consistent service, preserve the longevity of collection vehicles by carrying the right sized loads and not overload our recycling processing center. These changes will not affect planned solid waste rate increases and should help stabilize future rates.

Contact Information

City of Scottsdale - Solid Waste
9191 E. San Salvador Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ 85258 
P: 480-312-5353

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New collection routes will begin November 01, 2021. To determine your new collection days, please determine your service area on the map or use the Find My Service Day Tool by entering your address or by calling the City of Scottsdale at 480-312-5353.

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Collection Basics

  • Place your container on the street with wheels against the curb by 5 a.m. on collection days and remove it the same day.
  • Keep your container at least four feet from other containers, parked cars, mailboxes and other obstacles that may prevent our crews from picking it up.
  • Bag and tie garbage and yard clippings before placing them in your trash container. This helps to control odor and pests and is required by law.
  • Don’t place electronics, hazardous waste, rocks, dirt or bulking materials in your trash container.
  • Make sure your recyclable materials are clean, empty and dry.
  • Do not place plastic bags or liners in your recycling container and make sure it contains only items on the accepted recycling materials list.
  • Don’t overfill either container and make sure the lid closes.

Graphic showing the garbage container properly place more than 4 feet behind any vehicles

Frequently Asked Questions

New routes will begin Monday, November 1, 2021.

A new route management system has given us the ability to better manage our resources and stabilize costs. The new collection schedule is based on the number of homes on a route and the amount/weight of solid waste and recycling collected.

The primary reason for this day of service change is to improve efficiency and make it easier to process recyclables. Current trash and recycling routes have become unbalanced due to the growth of the city.

To determine your new collection days, please determine your service area on the map(link) or use the Find My Service Day Tool(link) by entering your address.

Yes. Most routes are changing, including where in the route your home is, which impacts the collection time. Residents who are not impacted by a change in collection days may see a difference in collection time as the number of homes on the route changes.

No. hand collected routes will not be affected by this change and collection days for trash and recycling will remain the same.

Always place your trash and recycling out by 5 a.m. on your scheduled pickup day to avoid any disruption of service. Cans may be placed curbside as early as 5 p.m. the day before service. Remember that route changes may also affect the time of day for your collection.

There is no change in cost associated with the change in the day of services. These changes will not affect planned solid waste rate increases and should help stabilize future rates by making the organization more efficient.

The new collection routes will pick up approximately the same amount of recyclables each day and deliver them to the recycling processing center. Currently Scottsdale picks up an uneven amount of recycling four days a week, overwhelming the recycling center some days and not delivering any recycling on others.

The short answer is by making the organization more streamlined and efficient. Consistently carrying the right size loads will preserve the longevity of collection vehicles and equipment. Balancing routes also means balancing workloads, which will reduce overtime and staff turnover.

The last major service route adjustment was made when the City introduced recycling in 1996. The city has grown significantly in area and population since that time and the current routes have become imbalanced.