Cochise County launches new Free Dump Days program – One Trip, One Ton, One Time
Cochise County has officially re-launched its Free Dump Days program, which will allow residents to choose when to get rid of unwanted trash.
Area property owners, who paid property taxes in 2017, should have received a postcard-sized certificate in the mail, which will allow them to dispose of one load of trash, up to one ton, once per year – One Trip, One Ton, One Time.
The certificate system replaces the former program, where the County designated one day annually to each Solid Waste station when citizens could dump their trash at no cost.
The popularity of Free Dump Days led to concerns regarding public and staff safety because of a high volume of traffic at many of the stations, with as many as 500 vehicles passing through in a few hours.
“Residents will now be able to choose a day that’s convenient to them,” explained Solid Waste Director Marty Haverty. “This will spread the use of the free day out and will help alleviate congestion, as well as the volumes of trash that we have to process.”
Each certificate is valid until June 30, 2019, and is transferrable to a property owner’s tenant or neighbor. Each certificate is good for one non-commercial passenger vehicle, truck, or trailer load of refuse, weighing a maximum of one ton. Any customer load exceeding one ton will be charged for the additional weight at the current tipping rate fee.
The holder of the certificate must surrender it to the fee attendant at the time of the transaction. Any lost or damaged certificates will not be replaced, so residents are advised to keep them in a safe place until they are ready to use them.
The pilot program will be assessed throughout the year and any necessary changes will be made in 2019, based upon customer feedback.
For more information, including a list of refuse transfer station locations and hours, call (520) 803-3770 or visit https://www.cochise.az.gov/solid-waste/home