Solid Waste Planning

As the state-designated1 solid waste planning agency in Pima County, Pima Association of Governments’ work in this area has mostly focused on the assessment of pollution sources, identification of historic solid waste locations and creation of an inventory of wells located near solid waste disposal areas in eastern Pima County.

The recent update to PAG’s Areawide Water Quality Management Plan (208 Plan) includes an assessment of the following solid wastes, solid waste sites or activities in eastern Pima County: landfills and transfer stations, biosolids, septage waste hauling, recycling, household hazardous waste and wildcat dumps. A key issue identified was resiliency of recycling infrastructure and a need for regionally consistent messaging.

Written in 1981, the Regional Solid Waste Management Plan includes several policies and recommendations for management that remain important including issues of recycling, illegal dumping, and household hazardous waste management.

1Designation is pursuant to Section 4006 (b) of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) of 1976 (Section 4006(b) of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (Public Law 94-580); 40 CFR 255.11 as revised July 1, 2002).