Sanitation

Garbage Truck 

Commercial & Residential Service


Please have your container and bulk items at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on your scheduled collection days to ensure service. See the Sanitation Route Map for schedules. Containers must remain five feet from other objects or containers to allow collection (i.e. vehicles, light poles, signs, mailboxes, planters, walls, fences, etc.). Do not overfill dumpsters or containers. Trash must be tied and bagged and lids must be closed in order for the container to be serviced. Residential service includes two container collections (garbage and recycling) and one bulk collection per week. Additional containers and service are available for an extra monthly charge.

If your container is in need of repair or replacement, please contact (928) 432-4173.

Items Not Permitted:

  • Dirt
  • Hot ashes, cinders, coals or any other burning materials
  • Mortar, concrete, plaster or other building materials
  • Motor oil
  • Toxic or hazardous waste material
  • Unwrapped animal waste
  • Construction or building materials
  • Appliances with refrigerant (must be certified and tagged 'Refrigerant Free')

Residential Bulk Pick Up:


Customers are required to call Sanitation at (928) 432-4173 to schedule a Bulk trash pick up. Items will be collected on their scheduled day, usually no longer than two weeks from notice by the customer.

Bulk trash is defined as any pile of trash larger than four (4) cubic yards in volume. Green waste, i.e., grass, leaves, plant trimmings and pruning's shall be in thirty (30) gallon plastic bags or boxes. Tree limbs must be tied in bundles not to exceed four (4) feet in length and forty (40) pounds. Flammable material must be removed from Christmas trees prior to removal and weight is not to exceed (40) pounds. Tree trunks must be placed on City right-of-way; if weight exceeds 500 pounds, charges will be incurred. The City will collect discarded appliances (tagged 'Refrigerant Free'), lawn mowers and household tools.

Effective February 1, 2013, the Landfill will no longer accept appliances that have not been emptied of refrigerant and certifed as so. Sanitation will not pick up appliances containing refrigerant unless the appliance is certified refrigerant free and tagged as so by a certified company.

Abandoned or discarded automobiles, motorcycles, scooters and motorized vehicles shall be disposed of by the property owner. Soil, concrete bricks, concrete blocks, or fragments, aggregate, stone bituminous concrete will not be collected by the City; this must be hauled to the Landfill by the contractor, owner or resident.

Commercial & Multi-Unit Collections


The Sanitation Division has two, three, four, six, and 8 cubic yard metal bins available for solid waste disposal. Rates are based on bin size, quantity requested as well as the frequency of service. Please contact Sanitation at (928) 432-4173 to discuss the size of bin and number of pick ups that would be most appropriate for your business or multi-unit community.

Recycling and Sanitation Useful Links



Recycling Information:

Recycling Container Collection Guidelines:

The Safford Residential Recycling Program is co-mingled/"single stream". This means that all of the acceptable recyclable materials can be placed into your blue recycling container together.

What Can Be Recycled:

PAPER

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Office paper
  • Junk mail
  • Catalogs
  • Phone books
  • Paper bags
  • Cardboard
  • Paperback books
  • Hardback books
  • Paperboard (cereal boxes, etc.)

PLASTICS

  • Plastics 1 through 7
  • Soda bottles
  • Juice bottles
  • Water bottles
  • Milk jugs Juice jugs
  • Detergent bottles
  • Plastic tubs
  • Plastic jars
  • Rigid Laundry Hampers
  • Plastic baskets

METAL

  • Aluminum cans
  • Steel cans
  • Pots and pans
  • Small electronics

What Cannot Be Recycled:

  • NO Garbage
  • NO Yard waste or leaves
  • NO Garden hoses
  • NO Textiles or used clothing
  • NO Styrofoam
  • NO Pizza boxes
  • NO Glass
  • NO Light bulbs
  • NO Hazardous waste
  • NO Medical waste
  • NO Batteries
  • NO Sharp metal
  • NO Motor oil bottles