In This Issue
Season's Eatings
Cease the Grease
Natural Oven Cleaner
Holiday Recycling
Gift of Giving
Presents of Mind
Wrapping It Up
Holiday Cards
Holiday Humor
Recycling & Trash Holiday Collection Schedule



Thurs., November 27

No recycling and trash collection on  Thanksgiving Day

If your regular collection day is Thursday, place your container at the curb by 6 a.m. on Friday

Friday collection rolls  to Saturday

Recycling-Solid Waste Collection Center 

Christmas Day 
New Year's Day

Thurs., December 25 
Thurs., January 1

No recycling and trash collection on Christmas 
New Year's Day
If your regular collection day is Thursday, place your container at the curb by 6 a.m. on Friday

Friday collection rolls to Saturday

Recycling-Solid Waste Collection Center 


Martin Luther King Jr. 

 Civil Rights Day

Mon., January 19


No change to recycling
or trash collection
Recycling-Solid Waste Collection Center 

Glad You Asked

YellowBook Guy 
We provide the "Yellow Book" to all new residents. This book answers many questions about recycling and trash. If you'd like a copy please call 480-782-3510.


Can I recycle gift wrap, bows, & ribbon?

Gift wrap, tissue paper, ribbons, & bows should not be placed in the blue recycling bin. Wrapping paper contains brightly colored inks, foil, and glitter that are not recyclable. 

Can Styrofoam packing material be recycled?

Even though Styrofoam is marked as recyclable, it is
not accepted in Chandler's recycling programs.  

You can drop off Styrofoam packaging that protects appliances and electronics at Earth Friendly Block in Tempe. 

Mailboxes, Etc. & UPS stores frequently accept packing peanuts, smaller Styrofoam blocks and bubble wrap.  Call stores first to be sure they accept this material before you drop-off.

Think Before You Shop
With 25% more trash being generated between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, these short videos encourage everyone to "Think Before You Shop" and offer ideas for reducing, reusing, and recycling during the holidays. Enjoy and share the message!
Recycling Videos Compilation
Recycling Videos
Brought to you by
The Maricopa Association of Governments, in cooperation with its Solid Waste Advisory Committee and the Valleywide Recycling Partnership 
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Christmas Tree Recycling 

December 26 
January 16
Christmas trees collected are chipped and reused in park landscaping projects. 

For safety, please remove tree stands, nails, ornaments, lights and garland. 

Do not place trees in bags. 

Curbside Christmas Tree Collection

Tree must be out for collection by 6 a.m. on your recycle day. 

Place tree at the end of your property, no more than 4 ft. behind the sidewalk. Driver cannot go more than 4 ft. on your property to retrieve the tree.



Christmas Tree Drop-Off Locations

Visit this map or call 480-782-3510 for tree drop-off boxes locations in Chandler


Live Tree Donation

Live potted Christmas trees can be donated for replanting at City parks by dropping them off at the City's Community Center or scheduling for pickup by calling 480-782-2745.  

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Mayor & Council 2013

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Jeff Weninger
Jack Sellers
Kevin Hartke
Rick Heumann
  Vice Mayor

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Jay Tibshraeny
Nora Ellen

The City of Chandler's Solid Waste Services is bringing you a special holiday issue of ReNews.

This issue includes the holiday collection schedule for recycling, trash and Christmas tree collection, showcases holiday recycling videos, and articles to help make your holiday season clean and green.

Happy Holidays!
Season's Eatings
Use the Good Stuff -

By using cloth napkins, reusable utensils, cups and dinner plates instead of paper and plastic, you will save money and reduce waste while creating a festive ambiance.

Pot Luck - Bring food in reusable dishes. If you are hosting, ask guests to do the same. Encourage self-serve to reduce food scraps, and have guests bring reusable containers to take home leftovers.

Compost holiday food leftovers - Backyard composting at home is easy and makes good sense.  You can recycle certain food waste right in your own backyard. The City offers residents free composters and workshops in the spring and fall.  Click here for tips on how to get started.

Cease the Grease  

Do not pour your Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey drippings down the drain. Small amounts can be poured in a soup can, frozen, securely covered, bagged and tied and placed in your trash. 

Larger amounts, like oil from deep fryers, should be poured in a secured jug or bottle and brought in to our HHW facility.  Oils is collected by  by a local vendor and recycled into bio-diesel fuel. Call 480-782-3510 to make an appointment to drop-off oil and other hazardous materials.
Natural Oven Cleaner

Home oven cleaners are effective, safe and smell great! 

  • 1 cup water
  • 10 drops of essential oil (Orange or lemon)
  • cup of regular salt
  • 1 cup of baking soda
  • cup of white vinegar 
  • 2 teaspoons of  liquid soap (Dawn original or Dr. Bronner's Castile)


Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Mix cup of water with the essential oil in a spray bottle and on the oven door and walls. Wait 15 minutes.

Combine  cup of salt with cup of baking soda. Sprinkle on  heavily soiled or burnt spots.

Next mix  water, liquid soap and the remaining salt and baking soda together into a paste. Spread on the interior of the oven and let sit overnight. 

Finally mix the remaining cup of water with the vinegar into a spray bottle and spray the entire oven. Wipe down and rinse.

Holiday Recycling

Make recycling easy for guests. Place a recycling basket next to the trash container with a list of what can be recycled.

Think Blue - Recycle in Chandler
PAPER - Printing paper, newspapers, including holiday ads, magazines, paper sacks & bagged shredded paper. NO GIFT WRAP, COATED GIFT BAGS, RIBBON, TISSUE PAPER, GREETING CARDS, PAPER PLATES, NAPKINS, or PAPER TOWELS.
CARDBOARD - Empty and flatten boxes from gifts, prepared food boxes, empty toilet tissue, paper towels, and gift wrap rolls.

PLASTIC - BOTTLES, CUPS, & JUGS - Milk, juice, soda, water, liquid soap, margarine type containers with recycle symbols (#1 - #6). NO STYROFOAM, PACKING PEANUTS, PLASTIC BAGS OR PLASTIC WRAP, EVEN IF MARKED AS RECYCLABLE.

AEROSOL CANS - Empty cans that held food and beauty product such as whipped cream, cooking spray, deodorant, & shaving cream. 

ALUMINUM & STEEL/TIN - Aluminum beverage cans, clean pie tins & aluminum foil, soup, veggie & fruit cans. NO SCRAP METALS. 

GLASS - Clear, green, & brown bottles, jars from food and beverages such as salad dressing, wine & beer, pickles & olives. NO MIRRORS, DRINKING GLASSES OR PLATES.

Roll your can out by 6 a.m. on your scheduled day or after 6 p.m. the night before collection
The Gift of Giving

Make room in your home or garage by donating gently used toys, clothes and other household items.  Many local charities offer convenient curbside collection at your home.  Your donation becomes a positive contribution toward reducing waste and supporting programs that offer job training and self-sufficiency for disabled individuals and families in need. 


Call in advance to ensure the organization you choose can schedule a curbside pick-up that's convenient for you.


Arizona Humane Society

Habitat for Humanity



Assoc. for Retarded Citizens

Loved Ones Lost



Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Lupus Foundation



Catholic Charities

Salvation Army



Deseret Industries

Saint Vincent de Paul



Family Attic

Stardust Building Supplies




Upward Foundation




 Vietnam Veterans of America



Presents of Mind

Resourceful gift giving reduces packaging and unwanted gifts from ending up in the landfill. Be creative and have fun with bestowing gifts that people really want or need this season.



Gifts that Last - Consider purchasing gifts that are long lasting, can be reused or recycled later. If possible choose items made from recycled materials.


Gift an Experience - Give a gift card to a restaurant and pay for a babysitter or offer to watch the kids so parents can enjoy a date night. Treat a child/teen/college student to a fun activity. Gift certificates for a spa treatment or tickets to a special event are always presents that please.

Buy Vintage - Second-hand or antique shops are great places to do holiday shopping.
Gift that Gives Back - Buy gifts that help farmers and workers around the world through Fair Trade Certified holiday gifts!
Green Roots - Give a potted plant or tree that can be replanted. It will remind someone of your gift year round. Here is a link for the top 10 house plants for the holiday! Visit one of our local nurseries for desert friendly plants. 

No Gag gifts - Funny for a moment, these gifts are often discarded.   
Wrapping It Up (or not)  
Since gift wrap is not accepted in Chandler's recycling program, rethink the way you wrap presents.

Creative Wrapping Paper - Gifts can be wrapped in reused newspapers, magazines, maps, children's artwork and fabrics.

Reusable Containers - Give items in reusable tins, boxes or baskets.  Wrap kitchen gifts in a colorful dish towel, place gifts for a gardener in a flower pot, beauty products in a makeup bag, etc. Be creative!

Don't Try to Wrap Big Gifts - Hide them in another room and send the receiver on a treasure hunt to find their gift!

Gift Bags & Boxes -  Choose gift bags and boxes that can be easily stored and reused.

Save ribbon, bows, and packing material for the next special event.

Season's Greetings


Due to the bright ink, foil, and glitter greeting cards are
not accepted in Chandler's recycling program.

This rings true for photo cards as well.  There are ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle holiday greetings to friends and family:

Christmas Card Memory Book

Drill small holes on both sides of book cover


Put binder rings through cover 


Hole punch photo cards and place on rings


Set out around house for all to enjoy!


 Other Options:

  • Cut up holiday cards to make crafts or gift tags for next year
  • Choose e-cards as a paperless way to send holiday messages
  • Mail greeting cards to St. Jude's Ranch for Children, a non-profit organization that cares for neglected and abused children. The organization's recycled card program allows young people to learn job skills and make new greeting cards out of donated ones
A Little Light Humor

LED lights use less electricity and last longer!

Many local hardware and home improvement stores will give rebates when trading in traditional Christmas lights for new LED lights.  Burnt out Christmas lights also can be brought in to the RSWCC (residential transfer facility) for recycling.