Community Pride Days and E-Waste Event coming up

Community Pride Days will include one free trip to the Safford Landfill. - Gila Valley Central Photo

By Brooke Curley

SAFFORD- If you live in Graham County you are allowed one free dump load to be dropped off at the Safford landfill from April 7-14 for Community Pride Days.

The city of Safford is partnering with Graham County, the town of Thatcher and the town of Pima for Community Pride Days from Saturday from April 7 to April 14. The landfill hours are from 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. (closed on Sunday). During this period, landfill charges will be waived for one load only for Graham County residents hauling trash from their households. (Please note: Residents are limited to only one free load during these days. After the first waived fee, regular landfill fees will be charged.) When bringing the load to the landfill, residents are required to bring their driver’s license and a utility bill to prove that they are located in Graham County. Charges will apply to those who fail to provide these documents. Fees will not be waived for commercial haulers or commercial business, e.g., landscape businesses, tree-trimming businesses, RV parks, etc. The waiver is for residential trash only.

Residents are asked to tarp or cover their loads. Because of the amount of litter accumulated on the landfill entry roads as a result of this program, there will be a $10 charge for loads not covered or tied down.

For more information contact Safford Utilities at 928-432-4173

For those who may not know, city of Safford residents are entitled to one free trip to the Safford landfill once a month with a utility bill and driver’s license to prove residence.

Alongside the free dump days, Southeastern Arizona Clean And Beautiful (SEACAB) has partnered with Metal Mites Recycling, and the Safford landfill to orchestrate Graham County’s E-Waste event on April 7. The E-Waste event will be from 7:30 to 1:30 pm.  During the E-Waste event, locals may bring their E-Waste items to the Safford landfill for sorting and free dumping. E-waste items, include electronics, TVs and monitors, batteries and other appliances. All refrigerators must be clean, and empty. Unfortunately, in the 2017 E-Waste event, a Graham County citizen took advantage of SEACAB and Metal Mite Recycling’s generosity by dropping off a taped-shut refrigerator filled with spoiled and maggoty food. Because of this, all refrigerators must be cleaned, and open. Paint, oil, and exercise equipment will not be accepted.