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of the ByFusion pilot program in Ward 6. KGUN 9’s Breanna Isbell will have a new story at 5 & 6 p.m. on the city’s plans to expand the program.
TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) Ninety tons of plastic. That’s about how much Tucsonans have been able to keep out of landfills since Ward 6 Councilmember Steve Kozachik launched a first-of-its-kind pilot program last year to recycle and re-use the stuff that you can’t put into your blue bin.
Now that program is expanding, with the city of Tucson entering into an agreement with ByFusion that will bring their facility here, allowing more locals to participate.
What plastics can you bring to the Plastic Diversion Program?
Plastic and re-useable bags Plastic utensils, cups, plates Bubble wrap, air pouches, plastic mailers Disposable food containers Medicine and pill bottles More:Image: City of Tucson
Where can you bring your plastics?
Program managers recommend consolidating your non-recyclable plastics into a clear plastic bag. The following locations have an orange container for collections marked ‘Plastic Only’:
Ward 4 Council Office (Eastside) 8123 E. Poinciana Dr. Fire Station #15 (Southwest side) 2002 S. Mission Road Ward 6 Council Office (Midtown) 3202 E. 1st St.
What happens to my non-recyclable plastic waste?
During the pilot program, ByFusion converted those 90 tons of non-recyclable plastics into ‘ByBlocks,’ building material made completely of re-purposed plastic waste. On display at the Ward 6 Council Office are several examples of structures the ByBlocks can be used for, including raised planter beds:
What should I NOT bring to the Plastic Waste Diversion Program?
Items that go in your home blue bin:
Plastic bottles such as soft drink and other beverage containers Plastic jugs such as for detergent and milk Plastic containers with lids View a comprehensive list on the city website
Items not accepted in either recycling program:
Styrofoam Foam Medical waste Electronics Aluminum Foil Metal Steel Glass bottles
To learn more, visit the ByFusion website.