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While 70% of American adults describe climate change as an important concern, only 10% say they volunteered for an activity focused on addressing climate change or contacted an elected official about it in the previous year.

Global warming has increased the number of extreme weather events around the world by 400% since the 1980s, but there is a lack of of serious effort to combat the climate crisis - and one main reason is the public doesn’t believe in its own political power enough or use it. Read more»

Today it looks a lot  like Christmas. Next week it will be time to start thinking about how to clean up after the holiday. Tucson's TreeCycle program provides an option.

Christmas trees collected at 10 sites around Tucson will be turned into compost for city parks. Read more»

When the community recycling center at Mansfield Park closed last month, the glass recycling center was also moved. The glass recycling location is now seeing illegal dumping, as seen above, which a city employee photographed Monday.

The city of Tucson only has five remaining neighborhood recycling centers, after closing two last month that had been plagued by illegal dumping. Read more»

We will be closing the over-taxed Ward 2 recycling center over the next two months. The others around town may be closing as well. Read more»

Driven by the relative scarcity of both lithium and cobalt as well as the high demand for electric vehicles, Li-Cycle plans to emerge as a player in the EV-battery recycling industry with construction of recycling plants and hubs in Arizona and across the U.S. Read more»

Victor Palafox uses an air-powered saw to separate a panel’s glass and solar cells from its aluminum frame at We Recycle Solar in Yuma on Feb. 9, 2022.

Waste is a problem around the world as solar power becomes more affordable and the need to reduce fossil fuel usage more acute - but solar recycling isn’t yet cost effective, and not all materials used in panels can be extracted – problems the industry and researchers are working on. Read more»

Experts believe some of the world’s largest remaining lithium deposits are buried deep beneath the Salton Sea.

Seeking to break China’s monopoly of the lithium battery market, the Biden administration awarded $35 million to boost a mining operation in California and help reduce America’s reliance on China, while also touting a separate planned extraction project and battery recycling plant. Read more»

Pima County has partnered with a Mesa firm to offer tire recycling and stave off wildcat dumping.

Pima County residents recycle nearly 1 million tires each year, through a partnership with Pima County and Mesa company Crumb Rubber Manufacturers. Tires are collected at at 5301 W. Ina Road. It’s open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. Read more»

Recycling Christmas trees will save landfills and help Tucson parks grow.

The TreeCycle program is gathering trees at nine locations throughout Tucson and Oro Valley from Dec. 26 to Jan. 17. Read more»

Fats, oils and greases can muck up infrastructure and lead to pest infestations. It's why Pima County is asking residents to recycle their holiday drip-off.

Even a little bit of fat, grease and oil can clog wastewater lines. Pima County has facilities that will accept it for proper disposal. Read more»

Tucson city offices are closed for the Thanksgiving and Thursday trash and recycling collection will be moved back a day.

Government offices — like the city of Tucson's — will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday. Read more»

City trash services will be delayed a day in observance of Veterans Day.

Veterans Day holiday means trash collection in Tucson will be delayed by a day and city offices will be closed. Read more»

Earth Day, started 51 years ago, has since spread around the globe. But 10 Arizona cities hope to bring the day’s Earth-friendly message home Thursday by highlighting hands-on environmental actions people can take at home.

10 Arizona cities are taking "think globally, act locally" to heart Thursday to mark the 51st annual Earth Day. Mayors are talking to "our residents about how they can show their commitment to protect our environment,” Tucson Mayor Regina Romero said. Read more»

Because some of our more irresponsible neighbors have been using neighborhood recycling centers as dump sites, the city now must shut some of them down. Read more»

A drop in global commodity prices is forcing states and cities to re-examine their recycling programs and goals. Read more»

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