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Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to keep a light bulb lit for 12 hours or one television for 3 hours! ”

 

PORA Recycling Locations

 

Recycling grows each year in America. In 2006, Americans recycled almost one third of their total trash. However, for our children's and grandchildren's sake, we can and must do better. Below is a list designed to help Sun City West residents do just that. The list shows how and where to recycle/dispose of common household items. Just click on items of interest and read the information provided.

 

Parks & Sons offers a curbside recycling program in Sun City West and surrounding areas. Click here to see information about their program.

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Aerosol Cans Aluminum Cans
Antifreeze Automobile Oil Filters, Used
Batteries Cardboard
Cell Phones Cereal Boxes and Chipboard
Clothing, Shoes, Household Items Computer Monitors
Computer Printers Computer Scanners
Computers Copy Machines
Electronics Eye Glasses
Fax Machines Fire Extinguisher
Fluorescent Light Bulbs and Tubes Glass
Greeting Cards Hazardous Waste - Household
Hearing Aids Inkjet Printer Cartridges
Junk Mail Large Appliances and Household Furniture
Magazines and Books, Current Magazines, Old
Medicine and Medicine Bottles Motor Oil, Used
Newspapers (Curbside) Newspapers (Drop-Off)
Oil - Cooking Oil Packing Peanuts, Bubble Wrap
Paint, Latex Paint, Oil-Based
Plastic Bags Plastic Bottles and Containers
Prescription Drugs Propane Tanks
Puzzles Steel/Tin Cans
Styrofoam (#6 Plastic-Polystyrene) Telephone Books
Telephones Televisions
Tires VCR's
Water Heaters
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  Recycle Information Follows
 
Aerosol Cans
 

Aerosol cans (empty shaving cream/deodorant/cooking spray type cans) can be recycled at the City of Surprise Public Works yard located on Westgate Street across the street from the Arizona Emissions Testing Center. This is near Bell and Grand. Go to 134th and Bell (Big "O" tires is on corner). Go down 134th past TNT carwash and turn left on to Westgate. Go one short block down Westgate, look for blue recycling bins sitting in parking area on right. Make sure the cans are empty.

 

 
         
     
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Aluminum Cans
 

Aluminum can recycling in America is declining, so it's important that we ALL step up and do our part. To recycle your aluminum cans, go to Kiwanis Club recycle bin in parking area behind Sun City West Sundome Shopping Plaza at R.H. Johnson and Camino Del Sol, go to end of alley behind stores. Look for large aluminum can recyle bin. Do not drop pie plates, foil or other aluminum products. Rinse cans and crush if you need space.

Aluminum cans can also be recycled at the City of Surprise Public Works yard located on Westgate Street across the street from the Arizona Emissions Testing Center. This is near Bell and Grand. Go to 134th and Bell (Big "O" tires is on corner). Go down 134th past TNT carwash and turn left on to Westgate. Go one short block down Westgate, look for blue recycling bins sitting in parking area on right. Crush the cans.

 

 
         
     
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Antifreeze
 

Antifreeze and other automotive liquids are considered hazardous waste and two options are available for disposal. Option one is to find local companies specializing in hazardous waste disposal. They are listed on www.earth911.org. Enter "antifreeze" in the "search box" and "85375" into the "near box". A list of hazardous waste disposal companies closest to Sun City West will be displayed. Call before going to determine if they accept drop off of hazardous waste and if a fee is charged.


The second option is to retain the hazardous waste until the next local Maricopa County hazardous waste drop-off event. PORA will advise as to the date and location as they are scheduled.  

 
         
     
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Automobile Oil Filters, Used
  Used automobile oil filters can be recycled at WalMart Tire and Lube Express Center, 13370 W. Bell, Surprise, call for details at 623-544-2228. Limit five oil filters per visit.  
         
     
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Batteries
 

Automobile batteries, rechargeable and nickel cadmium (niCd), alkaline, some nickel metal hydride (NiMh), and lithium batteries can be recycled at Interstate Batteries, 17173 N. Litchfield Road (behind the Home Depot at the corner of Grand and Litchfield Road), Surprise. Call 623-584-1300 for details on battery recycling and more information.


Rechargeable batteries can also be recycled at Best Buy, 13711 West Bell Road Surprise, AZ 85374, 623-546-3108. For a more complete list of nearby locations accepting rechargeable batteries, go to www.call2recycle.org and type zip code 85375 in the search window. Many nearby locations will display. 

 
         
     
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Cardboard
 

Corrugated cardboard boxes can be recycled by going to the recycle bin behind Sun City West Sundome Shopping Plaza at R.H. Johnson and Camino del Sol, go to end of the alley behind stores. Look for the large cardboard recycle bin. Be sure to flatten the boxes.

 
         
     
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Cell Phones
  All model cell phones including chargers can be recycled at the Sun City West Computer Club in the Palm Ridge Recreation Center. Call 623-214-1546 for further details. They can also be dropped off in the lobby at PORA on Camino del Sol in the Cell Phones for Soldiers box.  
         
     
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Cereal Boxes and Chipboard
 

Cereal boxes are sometimes called chipboard. Other examples of chipboard are detergent boxes, 6-pack and 12-pack beverage containers, empty paper towel tubes,  and other dry food boxes. Cereal and chipboard boxes can be recycled by going to the recycle bin behind Sun City West Sundome Shopping Plaza at R.H. Johnson and Camino del Sol, go to end of the alley behind stores. Place them in the the large cardboard recycle bin. Do not place them in with newspapers.

 
         
     
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Clothing, Shoes, Household Items
 

Clothing, shoes and household items in usable condition can be dropped at Goodwill Industries, 14063 Grand in Surprise (one block south of Outback restaurant), 623-474-3550. Call store for exceptions. Other locations for these items are the Sun Health Resale and Gift Shop, corner of R.H. Johnson and Granite Valley 623-584-3869. Call store for exceptions.


 
         
     
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Computer Monitors
 

Working computer monitors can be recycled at Goodwill Industries, 14063 Grand Avenue (one block south of the Outback restaurant), call 623-474-3550 for details to recycle at Westech Recyclers or click here for details.


See AZstrut.org, an organization that helps students learn about electronics and has pick-up dates listed.


Computer Monitors can also be recycled at Best Buy, 13711 West Bell Road Surprise, AZ 85374, 623-546-3108.

 
         
     
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Computer Printers
 

Working computer printers can be recycled at the drive-thru donation center at Goodwill Industries, 14063 Grand Avenue (one block south of the Outback restaurant), call 623-474-3550 for details to recycle at Westech Recyclers or click here for details.


Computer Printers can also be recycled at Best Buy, 13711 West Bell Road Surprise, AZ 85374, 623-546-3108.

 
         
     
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Computer Scanners
 

Working computer scanners can be recycled at the drive-thru donation center at Goodwill Industries, 14063 Grand Avenue (one block south of the Outback restaurant), call 623-474-3550 for details to recycle at Westech Recyclers or click here for details.


Computer Scanners can also be recycled at Best Buy, 13711 West Bell Road Surprise, AZ 85374, 623-546-3108.

 
         
     
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Computers
 

Working computers can be recycled at the drive-thru donation center at Goodwill Industries, 14063 Grand Avenue (one block south of the Outback restaurant), call 623-474-3550 for details. Non-working computers are considered hazardous waste due to lead and other hazardous components. This equipment should be dropped off at periodic Maricopa County Hazardous Waste Drop-off Events. PORA will communicate time and dates of these events as they are scheduled.


Click on www.earth911.org for an extensive list of computer retailers and manufacturers who have "take-back" programs that allow consumers to recycle/dispose of old computers and other electronic items.


Computers can also be recycled at Best Buy, 13711 West Bell Road Surprise, AZ 85374, 623-546-3108.

 
         
     
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Copy Machines
 

Working copy machines can be recycled at the drive-thru donation center at Goodwill Industries, 14063 Grand Avenue (one block south of the Outback restaurant), call 623-474-3550 for details to recycle at Westech Recyclers or click here for details.

 
         
     
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Electronics
 

Working electonic equipment (VCR, DVD, telephones, etc.) can be recycled at the drive-thru donation center at Goodwill Industries, 14063 Grand Avenue (one block south of the Outback restaurant), call 623-474-3550 for details. Non-working electronic equipment is considered hazardous waste due to lead and other hazardous components. This equipment should be dropped off at periodic Maricopa County Hazardous Waste Drop-off Events. PORA will communicate time and dates of these events as they are scheduled.


Click on www.earth911.org for an extensive list of computer retailers and manufacturers who have "take-back" programs that allow consumers to recycle/dispose of old computers and other electronic items.


Electronics can also be recycled at Best Buy, 13711 West Bell Road Surprise, AZ 85374, 623-546-3108.

 
         
     
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Eye Glasses
  Eye glasses can be dropped off in the lobby at PORA, 13823 Camino del Sol, call 623-584-4288 for details.  
         
     
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Fax Machines
 

Working fax machines can be recycled at the drive-thru donation center at Goodwill Industries, 14063 Grand Avenue (one block south of the Outback restaurant), call 623-474-3550 for details to recycle at Westech Recyclers or click here for details.


Fax Machines can also be recycled at Best Buy, 13711 West Bell Road Surprise, AZ 85374, 623-546-3108.

 
         
     
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Fire Extinguishers/Propane Tanks/Cooking Oil
 

Parks & Sons will do a "Free" pickup of propane tanks, fire extinquishers and cooking oil in a container with a lid. You just need to call them at 623-974-4791 to schedule the pickup as they do send a special truck.

 

 
         
     
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Fluorescent Light Bulbs and Tubes
 

Nonworking fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs are considered hazardous waste because of their mercury content. DO NOT DISPOSE OF THEM IN YOUR REGULAR HOUSEHOLD TRASH. A list of possible organizations that may accept nonworking fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs can be obtained by going to www.earth911.org . Enter "fluorescent bulbs" in the "search box" and 85375 into the "near box" and then call listed companies for current policies.

Or you can safely store them and drop them off at periodic Maricopa County Hazardous Waste Drop-off Events. PORA will communicate time and dates of these events as they are scheduled. What to do if a fluorescent bulb breaks? See instructions at www.epa.gov  For more information on CFL's, see www.energystar.gov.

 
         
     
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Glass
 

Clear, amber and green glass should be dropped off at the glass recycle bins behind Sun City West Sundome Shopping Plaza at R.H. Johnson and Camino del Sol, go to end of the alley behind stores. Look for the glass recycle bins. No window glass, light bulbs, crystal, ceramics or ovenware drop-offs please.

 
         
     
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Greeting Cards
 

Used greeting cards can be used in the Benevilla Adult Care Center. Remove the parts of the card that contain a message and signature and deliver in packets of ten to Beneville, 16752 N. Greasewood St., Suprise.


Call for information at 623-584-4999.

 
         
     
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Hazardous Waste - Household
 

Paint, electronics, batteries, motor oil, transmission fluid, computers, anti-freeze, fluorescent light bulbs, tires (limit of 5) can be disposed of at Maricopa County Solid Waste Transfer Stations. The closest station is located at 32450 W. Salome Hwy, Morristown (This is approximately 17 miles northwest of Sun City West). The station is open from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday – Saturday.


You can recycle other items in addition to household hazardous waste. Please see Maricopa County Waste Resourses & Recycling @ swm.maricopa.gov or call 602-506-4006


Maricopa County also sponsors a Hazardous Waste Drop-Off event in Sun City West each fall. Please watch for information in your weekly PORA Newsletter.

 
         
     
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Hearing Aids
  Drop off at any Walmart Supercenter in the Vision Department.  
         
     
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Inkjet Printer Cartridges
 

Some inkjet cartridges can be recycled at Cartridge World in Surprise, call 623-214-1115 for details. Best Buy at 13711 W. Bell, 623-546-3108 and Office Max at 13722 W. Bell 623-584-6211 also recycle inkjet cartridges, call for details. We throw away one print cartridge every eight seconds and use one gallon of oil to manufacture a new one. Here is a great article about ink cartridge recycling click here for more information.


 
         
     
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Junk Mail
 

Junk Mail can be dropped off at the recycle bins behind Sun City West Sundome Shopping Plaza at R.H. Johnson and Camino del Sol, go to end of the alley behind stores. Integrate the junk mail with newspapers. Look for the large newspaper recycle bin. Place newspapers and junk mail in carts in front of bin.


To decrease the chances of your name being rented, sold, or exchanged by catalog or other direct mail companies, consider using the Direct Marketing Association's Mail Preference Service at www.DMAChoice.org . This service will remove your name from DMA member prospect lists of your choosing.  DMA recently dropped the credit card verification and fee requirements.

 
         
     
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Large Appliances and Household Furniture
 

If the appliance/household furniture is not able to be reused, call Parks & Sons, 623-794-4791, for pickup. They will transport the item to a landfill for disposal. A fee is charged. TV's and other hazardous waste electronics should not be transported to a landfill.


If the furniture item is still usable, call or visit the Sun Health Resale and Gift Shop at 14445 W. R.H. Johnson on the corner of Stardust and R.H. Johnson. Telephone number is 623-584-3869, they will pick up lightly used furniture.

 
         
     
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Magazines and Books, Current
  Current magazines, hard cover and paperback books can be dropped off at the Sun City West library on the corner of R.H. Johnson and Meeker, call 623-544-6130 for details. Also the Volunteer Auxiliary Thrift Shop at Del Webb Hospital accepts these items, call 623-214-4000, extention 43666, for details.  
         
     
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Magazines, Old
  Old magazines should be integrated with newspapers and dropped off at the recycle bins behind Sun City West Sundome Shopping Plaza at R.H. Johnson and Camino del Sol, go to end of the alley behind stores. Look for the large newspaper recycle bin.  
         
     
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Medicine and Medicine Bottles
 

Contact your pharmacy to dispose of old medicine.

Medicine bottles - please remove the caps. Both the caps and empty medicine bottles can be recycled in the roll-off bin in parking area in the alley behind Sun Dome Shopping Plaza at R.H. Johnson and Camino del Sol. This bin can accept milk jugs, water bottles, detergent and fabric softener bottles, etc. Look for a #1, #2, #3 or #4 inside the recycling triangle on or near bottom of container.

 
         
     
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Motor Oil, Used
 

Used motor oil can be recycled at WalMart Tire and Lube Express Center, 13370 W. Bell, Surprise, call for details at 623-544-2228. Limit five gallons per visit.

Checker Auto Parts at 13420 Bell Road (next to Big "O" tires at 134th and Bell) also may accept used motor oil. Call 623-214-5292 for current store policies.

Auto Zone at 13355 Grand (in front of Lowes) may also accept used motor oil. Call 623-556-1206 for current store policies.

 
         
     
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Newspapers (Curbside)
  Newspaper curbside recycling is provided by Parks & Sons, 623-794-4791, on the first and third Wednesday each month. Place newspapers in plastic bags, paper bags, or a reuseable container, and leave at curb.  
         
     
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Newspapers (Drop-Off)
  Newspapers should be dropped off at the recycle bins behind Sun City West Sundome Shopping Plaza at R.H. Johnson and Camino del Sol, go to end of the alley behind stores. Look for the large newspaper recycle bin.  
         
     
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Packing Peanuts, Bubble Wrap
 

Packing peanuts in good condition can be recycled at the UPS Store, 13940 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West, 623-975-0258.


Express Pak accepts styrofoam, foam wrap, packing peanuts, bubble wrap and foam rubber in good condition. They are located at 3310 W. Bell, Phoenix 85053. Telephone 602-942-0700. This site is located one building north of Bell Road facing 33rd Avenue, please make sure all materials are clean. Call for hours. Note: They don't always accept this material. Call first.

 
         
     
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Paint, Latex
 

Latex based paints are not considered hazardous waste.
* Tips for Paint Disposal: If there is not a leftover paint collection program available in your area, the easy method of paint disposal is to dry it out, but you can only do this with latex paint as it is non-hazardous. Before paint disposal you should find a safe location for paint disposal that is away from children and pets. The methods of paint disposal: start with pouring it onto several sheets of newspaper or in a box with absorbent material such as shredded paper or kitty litter, then let it dry completely. After that, when the paint is dry you can wrap it up and throw it away. You may also be able to clean out and recycle the can.

 
         
     
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Paint, Oil-Based
  Oil based paints are considered hazardous waste. This material should be dropped off at periodic Maricopa County Hazardous Waste Drop-off Events. PORA will communicate time and dates of these events as they are scheduled.  
         
     
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Plastic Bags
 

Plastic bags can only be recycled at local supermarkets. Basha's, Safeway, Walmart, and Albertson supermarkets all have bag bins near the entrance to their stores. Do not place plastic bags of any size in the plastics recycling bin in the alley behind Safeway.

 
         
     
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Plastic Bottles and Containers
 

Sponsored by Parks & Sons, look for bins in parking area in the alley behind Sun Dome Shopping Plaza at R.H. Johnson and Camino del Sol. They can accept milk jugs, water bottles, detergent and fabric softener bottles, etc. Look for a #1, #2, #3 or #4 inside the recycling triangle on or near bottom of container. Clean and rinse the items. Remove caps and crush (stepping on them works really well).The caps can be included in your plastic recycling but they need to be removed from the bottles/containers.


Please, no plastic bags, no styrofoam, plastic peanuts, and no plastic sheeting in this bin.


This bin also accepts steel/tin cans (see steel/tin cans category for notes on disposal).


For more information on plastic bottle recycling, see www.emagazine.com. And if you need some more motivation to recycle plastic, see www.dailygalaxy.com a real environmental horror story in the Pacific ocean.

 
         
     
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Prescription Drugs
 

You may put medicine which is no longer needed into the regular household trash. Special disposal as household hazardous waste is not necessary. PLEASE DO NOT DISPOSE OF MEDICINE BY POURING IT DOWN THE DRAIN OR TOILET. This can introduce medications into the local drinking water  system. Remove the patient's name from the vial or bottle. If possible, make the remaining medication unusable. For example, crush pills or tablets, mix with kitty litter and place vial or bottle, and the medication, into your regular household trash.

 
         
     
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Puzzles
  Puzzles can be recycled at the Sun City West library on the corner of R.H. Johnson and Meeker. Call 623-544-6130 for details.  
         
     
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Steel/Tin Cans
 

Same bin as plastic containers!!! Parks & Sons- Look for bins in parking area in the alley behind Sun Dome Shopping Plaza at R.H. Johnson and Camino del Sol. This bin can accept plastic containers, steel and tin cans. Clean and rinse the items. Please, no plastic bags and no plastic sheeting in this bin.


Steel/Tin cans can also be recycled at the City of Surprise Public Works yard located on Westgate Street across the street from the Arizona Emissions Testing Center. This is near Bell and Grand. Go to 134th and Bell (Big "O" Tires is on corner). Go down 134th past TNT car wash and turn left on to Westgate. Go one short block down Westgate, look for blue recycling bins sitting in parking area on right. Clean and rinse the cans.

 
         
     
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Styrofoam (#6 Plastic-Polystyrene)
 

Express Pak accepts styrofoam, foam wrap, packing peanuts, bubble wrap and foam rubber in good condition. They are located at 3310 W. Bell, Phoenix 85053. Telephone 602-942-0700. This site is located one building north of Bell Road facing 33rd Avenue, please make sure all materials are clean. Call for hours.

 
         
     
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Telephone Books
  Telephone books should be dropped off at the recycle bins behind Sun City West Sundome Shopping Plaza at R.H. Johnson and Camino del Sol, go to end of the alley behind stores. Use separate telephone directory recycle dumpsters, do not mix with newspapers.  
         
     
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Telephones
 

Working telephones can be recycled at the drive-thru donation center at Goodwill Industries, 14063 Grand Avenue (one block south of the Outback restaurant), call 623-474-3550 for details to recycle at Westech Recyclers or click here for details.

 
         
     
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Televisions
 

Working TV sets can be recycled at the drive-thru donation center at Goodwill Industries, 14063 Grand Avenue (one block south of the Outback restaurant), call 623-474-3550 for details. Non-working TV sets are considered hazardous waste due to lead and other hazardous components.


A list of possible organizations that may accept TV's and othe electronic equipment can be obtained by going to www.earth911.org . Enter "TV" into the "search box" and "85375" into the "area box", then call listed companies for current policies. TV's and other electronic equipment can also be dropped off at periodic Maricopa County Hazardous Waste Drop-off Events. PORA will communicate the time and dates of these events as they are scheduled.

 
         
     
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Tires
 

Tires can be recycled at Discount Tires (in front of Walmart) 13742 W. Bell in Surprise, 623-544-2811. Limit of four tires, $2.50 fee per tire is charged. Call to verify before visit as store policies can change.


 
         
     
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VCR's
 

Working VCR's can be recycled at the drive-thru donation center at Goodwill Industries, 14063 Grand Avenue (one block south of the Outback restaurant), call 623-474-3550 for details to recycle at Westech Recyclers or click here for details.

 
         
     
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Water heaters
 

Call Parks & Sons, 623-794-4791, for pickup. A fee is charged.

 
         
     
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