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Solid Waste Management Facility

Facility Fact Sheet

City of Phoenix

27th Avenue Solid Waste Management Facility

Fact Sheet

  • It is a multi-functional facility that accommodates solid waste transfer, commercial recyclables/materials sorting, self-haul materials sorting, vegetation mulching, and educational programs for the public.

  • The main building is two and one-half times the size of a football field, located on 62 acres adjacent to the existing 27th Avenue Landfill, handles a peak volume of 4,500 tons per day.

  • Two steel trusses, 210' and 231' long support the roof. They are the largest building trusses ever used in a building in the state.

  • The City's Percent for Arts Program has been utilized to provide a unique collaboration of design between an artist team, design engineers, and City staff.

  • The capacity of the solid waste transfer operation is 3,500 tons per day.

  • The capacity of the commercial recyclables sorting operation is 400 tons per day.

  • The educational area includes a multi-purpose room and an elevated walkway and amphitheater which will permit visitors to safely watch both waste transfer and recycling operations.

  • Funding source: 1984 Bonds and Refuse Revenue Funds.

  • The groundbreaking ceremony took place on June 18, 1991.

  • The Grand Opening Ceremony coincided with Earth Day, April 22, 1993.

  • Closure of the 27th Avenue Landfill is expected to occur in April 1993.

  • The construction cost for the facility was $14.7 million.

  • The facility includes a state of the art computerized scale system.

  • The long haul trailers are 50 feet long, made of lightweight aluminum, and have a capacity of 120 cubic yards (approximately three garbage truck loads).

  • The recycling/sorting line will be manned by prison inmates through a contract with the Arizona Department of Corrections.

  • The facility's commercial sorting line equipment was manufactured in Europe and is the first system of its design to be used in the United States.