Pima to take residents’ trash to the dump

Jon Johnson File Photo/Gila Herald: Got any of this in your yard? Pima residents don’t have to take their bulk trash to the dump this upcoming week because the town employees will do it for them. 

By Jon Johnson


PIMA – While residents of Safford, Thatcher, and Graham County are busy packing their refuse onto trucks and trailers and tarping their loads to take advantage of one free dump load for Community Pride Days, residents of Pima merely have to drag their bulk trash to the curb.

That’s right, the town of Pima encourages its residents to place their dump material at the curb and let the town’s employees haul it to the dump for you during Community Pride Days.

Jon Johnson File Photo/Gila Herald: Pima residents won’t have to travel to the landfill to clean up their property during Community Pride Days because the town will pick their bulk refuse up for them. They just merely have to place it at the curb.

Don’t have a tarp? Have more than a single dump load? Don’t want to wait in long lines at the landfill? If you’re a resident of the town of Pima, you have no worries. Just simply place your landfill-acceptable material (that means no hazardous wastes, paint, tires, and such) at the curb. The only request from the town is that residents separate green waste such as branches and yard clippings from the metal or plastic material.

There is also an E-Waste Event on Saturday in which people can properly dispose of their electronics by recycling them at the Safford Landfill.

Pima Town Manager Sean Lewis addressed the Pima Town Council at its Tuesday, April 3 meeting and said the program not only assists a number of residents in cleaning up their yards but is also cost-effective for the town.

“I think it helps out the citizens tremendously,” Lewis said. “That line at the dump gets ridiculous. On top of that, it saves us money in the long run.”    

While the town will not pick up refrigerators, one can still get rid of those old appliances at Saturday’s E-Waste Event from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Safford Landfill. For that, however, you will have to haul it yourself.

But for the rest of that clutter making a mess in your yard, just put it at the curb and let the town of Pima take it from there, starting Monday, April 9.

“We will be hauling all next week,” Lewis said. “I think it’s great . . . Some people don’t have trucks, and some people don’t have strong backs to go load and unload everything, so there’s no reason in the world that we shouldn’t do it. If we’re trying to clean up the town, why not support people in doing it?”

Community Pride Days runs from Saturday, April 7 through Saturday, April 14. Pima residents can start putting out their refuse at the curb this weekend, and the town employees will be picking it up from Monday, April 9 through Friday, April 13.