Green Waste Collection Rules

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In an effort to bring green waste collection operations into compliance with City Council adopted ordinances and to aid in controlling costs, The City of Nogales is beginning a green waste collection rules education and enforcement campaign. Below, you can find links to the flyer that will be included in the June utility bill, a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ), and violation notices that City Employees will begin handing out on July 1, 2011 to residents who place green waste in violation of the rules. The City would like to thank you in advance for your cooperation.

 

Green Waste Collection Informational links.

 

Orange Door Hanger English and Spanish

Orange Sticker English and Spanish

 

Green Waste Rules Flyer Spanish

Green Waste Rules Flyer English

 

FAQ Basura de Jardin SPANISH

Green Waste Collection FAQ's

What is Green Waste?

Green Waste includes weeds, leaves, grass, branches, cactus, and others waste that is found in your garden or yard. The City provides a green waste collection service weekly. The City will collect your green waste as long as it is placed in accordance with the rules adopted by the City Council.

Is there a simple way for me to remember the green waste collection rules?

If you can’t lift the bundle, box, or bag easily yourself into the back of a truck or trailer, then it will probably be difficult for a city employee to lift it as well.

Can I put a whole tree, large branch, large stumps, or entire palm fronds out for green waste collection?

No. All green waste with branches must be cut into sections no longer than 4 feet long and bound with rope or twine into bundles no more than 2 feet in diameter. Each bundle should not weigh more than 60 pounds, and the total green waste for the week should not exceed 300 pounds.

Can I just put all my loose grass clippings on the sidewalk for green waste collection?

No. Please place any loose materials, including leaves, grass clippings, etc. in tightly sealed bags that do not exceed 60 pounds.

Will the City still pick up green waste if it’s in violation of the rules?

No. The City will not collect waste that is in violation of the rules. It is the resident’s responsibility to dispose of the waste if he or she cannot cut, wrap, or bag it into bundles or bags compliant with the rules.

What if part of my green waste is put into bundles and part of it is just loose or not bundled properly?

The City will be happy to dispose of green waste bundles, boxes, and bags up to 60 pounds and not in excess of a total of 300 pounds per week. You will still receive a notice of violation for the remainder of the waste in violation of the City Charter, and the waste in violation will not be removed. You will have 7 days to remove the waste in violation.

What if I receive an orange violation notice on my door?

You have 7 days to remove the waste that is in violation of the City Charter. For a minimal fee, you can remove the waste by taking it to the local waste lift station located behind the Public Works building located at:

  • 1450 N Hohokam Drive, Nogales, AZ 85621

A Public Works employee will be in touch with you to make sure the waste in violation is properly removed. You can also pay a local company to remove it for you. Please remember that dumping the waste yourself does not exempt you from still paying the monthly City solid waste fees.

Where can I go to dispose of the waste myself?

There is a local waste lift station located behind the Public Works building. The address is:

  •  1450 N Hohokam Drive, Nogales, AZ 85621

Enter the local waste lift station just south of the Public Works building on Hohokam Drive. There is a dirt road entrance with a metal gate. Beside the gate is a sign saying “Nogales Recycling.” If the gate is open, drive forward to the south side of the trailer and stop at the window for measurement and payment. Further instructions will be given at the trailer.
Hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

How much does it cost for me to dump my own waste?

Most customers will be responsible to pay the minimum fee of $10 per dump. Larger loads are charged by the ton. Please remember that dumping the waste yourself does not exempt you from still paying the monthly City solid waste fees.

I remodeled a room or portion of my house. What do I do with the construction waste?

               Construction or demolition waste is not accepted as green waste. It is the customer’s responsibility to work out a deal with the contractor or person who does the work to remove the construction or demolition waste properly (customer assumes this cost). The contractor, person employed to do the work, or the customer can dump this waste at the local waste lift station located behind the Public Works Building located at:

  • 1450 N Hohokam Drive, Nogales, AZ 85621

There is a minimal fee for this dumping. Please remember that dumping the waste yourself does not exempt you from still paying the monthly City solid waste fees.

What should I do with my loose grass clippings, weeds, or leaves?

Please place any loose materials, including leaves, grass clippings, etc. in tightly sealed bags that do not exceed 60 pounds.

How should I dispose of my cactus and other sharp plants?

Please remove all thorns or sharp objects and/or wrap the cactus in paper so it does not pose a threat to the workers. All cacti should be bundled and tied with rope or placed in bags or boxes that do not weigh more than 60 pounds.

What happens if I do not remove the waste within 7 days of receiving an orange violation notice?

The City Code Compliance Officer will issue you a final notice letter notifying you have 7 days to remove the violation or face possible prosecution by the City Attorney’s office. Most violations are a Class 3 misdemeanor punishable by $500 and 30 days in prison. More serious offenses, like dumping hazardous waste, are a Class 3 felony, punishable by $150,000 and 5 years in prison.

What can I do if I don’t want to cut up my green waste into manageable bundles?

Please call a local company to dispose of the waste for you or feel free to take the waste to the local waste lift station, located behind the Public Works building at:

  •  1450 N Hohokam Drive, Nogales, AZ 85621.

There is a minimal fee for this dumping. Please remember that dumping the waste yourself does not exempt you from still paying the monthly City solid waste fees.

What if my properly disposed of green waste is not picked up one week?

You can either call the Public Works Department at (520) 285-5731 to have a team come pick it up or wait until the following week’s normal collection time. If you wait until the following week for collection, then the following week you are entitled to up to 600 total pounds of weight (300 pounds/week), but each bundle or bag still cannot exceed 60 pounds.

What happens if I receive a violation notice and it is incorrect?

Please notify the Public Works Department at (520) 285-5731 immediately if you feel the notice is placed in error. The Sanitation Supervisor will work with you to correct any errors.

What if I receive a final notice violation from the Code Compliance Officer?

You have 7 days to remove the waste that is in violation of the City Charter. You can remove the waste by taking it to the local waste lift station located behind the Public Works building. The address is:

  • 1450 N Hohokam Drive, Nogales, AZ 85621

The Code Compliance Officer will be in touch with you to make sure the violation is properly removed. You can also pay a local company to remove it for you. Please remember that the next step is prosecution from the City Attorney’s office.

What if I live in a duplex or other house with more than 1 unit, and together we put out more than 300 pounds of properly bundled or bagged green waste and still receive a notice of violation?

Please notify the Public Works Department at (520) 285-5731 immediately if you feel the notice is placed in error. The Sanitation Supervisor will work with you to correct any errors.

What if I cannot remove the waste by myself?

Please call the Public Works Department at (520) 285-5731 immediately and notify them of the issue. You can look in the phone book, online, or ask for a referral from a friend, neighbor, or family member to a company that could remove the waste for you. Please remember that using another company to dump your waste does not exempt you from still paying the monthly City solid waste fees.

What if my neighbor’s waste is in violation? Who can I call?

Please contact the Public Works Department at (520) 285-5731 and notify of the violation.

I have a commercial waste collection account with the City. How do I dispose of my green waste?

Do not put your green waste on the side of the refuse container. We will not collect any trash placed on the side of the bin or not placed inside the bin. Please feel free to put the green waste in the large refuse container provided by the City, and it will be collected as normally scheduled. You can also dump the waste at the local waste lift station located behind the Public Works building for a minimal fee.

What if my pet died or I have another dead animal? Can I put the dead animal in a bag with the rest of my trash?

No. Please call Animal Control at (520) 761-7860 for proper disposal. Please do not dispose of the dead animal in the regular trash or green waste.

What if I feel I am being harassed by City employees when they leave a notice of violation?

Please contact the Public Works Department at (520) 285-5731.

What if my neighbor’s trash that is in violation gets picked up and mine that is not in violation does not get picked up?

Please contact the Public Works Department at (520) 285-5731 if you feel there is an error.

Where can I read the green waste rules in the City Charter?

The rules are found in Chapter 16 of the Nogales City Charter. You can read the City Charter by doing one of the following:
1) Visit City Hall and ask to see a copy of the City Charter.
2) Visit the City Website at www.nogalesaz.gov. First click on “About Nogales” at the top of the page and then click on “Nogales City Charter” on the left side of the page.