‘I Recycle Phoenix’ Festivals Celebrate Local Recycling

by | Nov 15, 2019

Recycling Success Story

Keep Phoenix Beautiful (KPB) launched its ‘I Recycle Phoenix’ festivals in September of 2011. And the momentum has been moving forward ever since!

Each and every year, KPB holds four of these recycling paloozas which help its residents recycle, reuse, re-purpose and donate. Items such as electronics, bicycles, sporting equipment, office supplies, rechargeable batteries, gently used household items, toys and document shredding. KPB also works with a local food and clothing bank to collect non-perishable food, hygiene products, and gently used clothing for the working poor in Phoenix.

“Through partnerships with the City of Phoenix’s Public Works Department and other local organizations, we are able to divert thousands of items from the landfill” said Tom Waldeck, President/CEO of Keep Phoenix Beautiful. “This fun and free festival provides residents an option to reduce unwanted products in their home while giving items a whole new life.”

In addition to the City of Phoenix Public Works Department, ‘I Recycle Phoenix’ partners include:

  • Batteries Plus Bulbs
  • Bike Saviors
  • ICM Food and Clothing Bank
  • Resinate Manufacturing
  • Security Data Destruction
  • Treasures for Teachers
  • Verizon
  • Westech Recyclers

Since its inception, ‘I Recycle Phoenix’ has diverted over 2 million pounds of ‘stuff’ from the landfill. Its most recent event, which was held this past October, generated almost 70,000 pounds of materials that was recycled, repurposed, and donated.

Each event draws between 900 to 1,200 people and KPB averages about 25 to 30 volunteers per event. Freedom Financial has adopted this event as part of its team-building opportunities and brings a group of volunteers each time to help out.

Events are routinely held in January (KPB accepts Christmas Trees at this one), February, April, and October. In 2020, as part of KPB’s 50th Anniversary celebration of Earth Day, it will hold a fifth ‘I Recycle Phoenix’ festival in March.