Phoenix recycles garbage at less than half of the national average rate, mostly because of a lack of awareness by residents, a city official says.
To reduce the amount of waste the country's sixth-largest city sends to landfills, officials have planned a diet of smaller trash cans and educational campaigns, including a "Zero-Waste Spring Training Event" in March.
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A Phoenix resident is petitioning the City Council to allow members of the public to speak during the council's formal meetings instead of making them wait until the sometimes lengthy public sessions are over.
Dianne Barker, who first raised the issue in November, also would like to see the current two-minute talk time per person extended to three minutes.
"Phoenix is living in bygone years with an old ordinance that dismisses the public," Barker wrote in her petition to the city.More »
With contentious political races behind them, Kate Gallego and Laura Pastor are ready to take office on Thursday.
Phoenix elected officials Jim Waring, Laura Pastor, Sal DiCiccio, and Kate Gallego
Gallego beat out Pastor Warren Stewart to win the seat in District 8, and Laura Pastor bested Justin Johnson, son of former Mayor Paul Johnson, to win the District 4 race.
Incumbents Jim Waring and Sal DiCiccio, who handily won their races in districts 2 and 6, respectively, also will be sworn in to their new terms.
The inauguration ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 West Adams Street.
Phoenix employees are a generous people.
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As has become their annual tradition, city workers have raised more than $1 million for the city's annual Community Service Fund Drive through payroll pledges and fund-raisers -- money that will benefit various Valley charities, including Valley of the Sun United Way.
In addition to the money, they also donated 2,710 pounds of food and collected several hundred blankets, coats and other items.More »