Waste Reduction in Coconino County

Recycling

Recycling is a great way to conserve resources, limit energy consumption, and lower carbon greenhouse gas emissions. The energy used to recycle materials is significantly less than it is to manufacture it from raw materials. It is important to dispose of and recycle hazardous products, such as electronics, safely and correctly to avoid further air or water pollution that goes into manufacturing the metals, plastics, and glass.

For instance, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, recycling one million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by more than 3,500 US homes in a year. For every million cell phone we recycle, 35 thousand pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold and 33 pounds of palladium can be recovered. 

Cardboard/Paper Products

FlagstaffCardboard

  • Office paper, cardboard, cereal boxes, newspaper, junk mail, phone books, and magazines (can be mixed with other recyclables)
  • This does NOT include Styrofoam, even though it may have a recycling symbol on it
  • This does NOT include paper dishware, such as paper plates
  • This also includes greasy pizza boxes; paper product can be contaminated but not be overly contaminated (can be mixed with other recyclables)
  • Hardcover books must have the covers torn off for the inside portion to be recycled; softcover are OK to recycle as is 
  • Phonebook recycling can be done at the Materials Recovery Facility on 1800 E. Butler Ave., Flagstaff, AZ

Fredonia

  • As a customer of Republic services, you can recycle newspaper, envelopes, junk mail, phone books, brochures, ream wrappers, file folders, poster board, frozen food boxes, cardboard boxes, milk cartons, and magazines (can be mixed with other recyclables)

Page

  • Cardboard, mixed paper, newspaper, magazines (can be mixed with other recyclables)

Tuba City

  • Cardboard, mixed paper, newspaper, magazines (can be mixed with other recyclables)

Williams

  • Magazines, newspaper, catalogs, white paper, color paper, strip cut shred paper, letters and junk mail (can be mixed with other recyclables)
  • Place shredded paper in clear bag; cross cut shredded paper is not accepted
  • Empty and flattened cardboard boxes (can be mixed with other recyclables)

MetalCans

Flagstaff

  • Steel, tin, aluminum cans, and foil
  • This does NOT include wire clothes hangers (they can damage the Materials Recovery Facility equipment) 
  • This does NOT include small office supplies, such as paper clips, binder clips, or staples 

Fredonia

  • As a customer of Republic Services, you can recycle aluminum beverage cans, food cans, pots, pans, tins & utensils, and scrap metal (can be mixed with other recyclables)

Page

  • Aluminum, steel, tin cans (can be mixed with other recyclables)

Tuba City

  • Aluminum, steel, tin cans (can be mixed with other recyclables)

Williams

  • Steel, tin and aluminum cans (can be mixed with other recyclables)
  • Empty and clean paint and dry aerosol cans (can be mixed with other recyclables)

Plasticplastic bottle

Flagstaff

  • All empty plastic bottles, jugs, and jars. Containers may contain lids. 
  • TetraPacks cannot be recycled. 

Fredonia

  • As a customer of Republic Services, you can recycle water bottles, “take-out containers”, soda bottles, bagged film plastics (can be mixed with other recyclables)

Page

  • Bottles, milk jugs (can be mixed with other recyclables)

Tuba City

  • All empty plastic bottles, containers with lids on (can be mixed with other recyclables)

Williams

  • All rigid plastics #1 - #7 (can be mixed with other recyclables)
  • Includes bottles, detergent, jugs
  • Remove lids from bottles and place in bin separately

Hard to Recycle Items

Glass - Coconino County residents can drop off glass at the Cinder Lake Landfill and Drop-Off Locations are for Flagstaff residents

Batteries and Cellphone Recycling - businesses are encouraged to use the Hazardous Products Center Small Business Waste Program at the Cinder Lake Landfill 

Plastic bags, film, and wrap - most grocery stores have a plastic bag bin in the front. 

Styrofoam - not recyclable at most recycling facilities

Packing material - take to UPS store for reuse. 

Lightbulbs, Mercury containing lamps, unbroken only - accepted at the Hazardous Products Center at the Cinder Lake Landfill.  

Hazardous Materials, Glass, Green and Wood Waste in Coconino County

Construction Waste Recycling Resources


Composting

Composting food waste diverts excess food from the landfill. There are climate change impacts with food waste: the emissions involved with transporting the food waste to the landfill, and then when food breaks down in the landfill, it releases methane, a potent greenhouse gas. So composting helps with climate change impacts and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. If you have space, you can compost your food waste at home, in your backyard. The alternative is to have your food waste picked up by a compost collection service. Some folks even have worm composting bins. 

Composting Information Sheet

Compost Collection Services

Compost Crowd

Corbin Composting


Other Resources

Coconino County Solid Waste Program

City of Flagstaff Rethink Waste Plan


Thrift Stores

Fast fashion produces a lot of waste. Instead of buying new clothes, consider buying used. The same goes for other household goods. Additionally, by shopping at a second hand or thrift store, you are keeping money in the local economy because many thrift stores donate their proceeds to local charities and non-profits. 

Flagstaff Area Thrift Stores

Cedar Closet Thrift Shop

Family Closet

Flagstaff Estate Sales

Fourth Street Vintage

Goodwill

Hodgepodge Thrift Store

Incahoots

Runway Fashion Exchange

Savers

Sharon's Attic

St. Vincent de Paul 

The Barn Bros

The Garden Thrift Store and More

The Real Deal Antique and Thrift Store

Thrift for Goodness Sake!


Page Area Thrift Stores

Busy Bee Thrift Store

Family Bargain Center


Sedona Area Thrift Stores

Goodwill 

Paws West Thrift Shop

Paw Prints Thrift Shop


Williams Area Thrift Stores

Civitan Thrift and Trading Co.