El Mirage pauses recycling program 'until further notice'

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The city of El Mirage has halted their recycling program "until further notice" and is giving residents credit on their utility bill starting this February.

City officials said the pause was because Parks and Sons, El Mirage's sanitation provider, is no longer making their recycling facility available for use.

"We were informed by our provider that the recycling facility has had a fire, and they are under repairs," said Kari Sliva with the City of El Mirage. "As soon as those repairs are completed, then we’ll be notified and we can notify our customers."

Residents will receive a $2.20 recycling program credit on their utility bill, and all items placed in blue bins will be sent straight to the landfill.

"It is our intent to restart the program when we are able to, when it is feasible, and so, there is really nothing for the residents to do," said Sliva. "The city has always been conscientious about the recycling program, and would like to see it continue. ." 

"Once the facility becomes available in the future, the City will work with Parks and Sons to notify residents and resume recycling services," said El Mirage Public Works Director Nick Russo, in a statement.

All trash must be bagged and tied to ensure proper collection, officials said.

"As with many cities across the nation, El Mirage has had to face the difficult task of how to address the continued rising costs of its recycling program," city officials said. "The City is appreciative of residents’ assistance with this new approach, which aims to resume recycling services as soon as it becomes available."

More info: https://elmirageaz.gov/634/Recycling-Paused

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