Recycling has become more expensive for residential and commercial users as of summer 2019, with MRF tip fees equal or greater than disposal fees in some cases, according to Colorado’s Department of Public Health & Environment. The agency reports drop-off programs are struggling (some have closed) and some MRFs are having trouble getting fiber or mixed plastics to market. In response, CDPHE has revised grants programs, conducted MRF outreach and worked to remind facilities of material turnover requirements.
The agency also conducted a survey, designed by The Recycling Partnership, of all state MRFs to identify top contaminants. Based on results, it has shared educational material focused on bags and food contamination.
Phoenix is a thriving metropolis that sports a population of more than 1.6 million. As of 2019, the city moved from being the sixth most populous city in the United States to being the fifth most populous. It’s also the capital of Arizona, but that’s not where the honors end.
With an impressive enough population on its own, Phoenix is also the anchor of what’s known as the Greater Phoenix Area. Nearby cities are included in the GPA, including the cities of Tempe, Scottsdale, Glendale, and Chandler. All told, the GPA includes more than 20 cities and encompasses an area that’s roughly the size of Delaware.
While it’s true that Phoenix is located in the desert, it’s not the type of desert many people imagine. In fact, the Sonoran Desert is considered one of the greenest and the wettest deserts to be found anywhere in the United States.
People who love sunshine will definitely love Phoenix. It’s known to receive greater amounts of sunshine than any other major metropolitan area within the continental United States. Information obtained from the National Climatic Data Center confirms this, as well as confirming that the city receives sunshine for around 85% of the daylight hours in any given year.
Those who aren’t crazy about freezing cold weather will feel right at home in Phoenix. During the winter months, Phoenix averages a high temperature of 67 degrees Fahrenheit. At best, you may need a sweater or a light jacket if you step out for the evening.
Those who are surprised to learn that the desert around Phoenix is greener than expected may also wonder at the amount of rainfall the city enjoys during a typical year. Currently, the annual rainfall for the city and the surrounding area is 8.04 inches.
How did Phoenix end up with the city’s name? One of the most popular responses is found at the site VisitPhoenix.com
. There you will find information that attributes the name to Darrell Duppa, a pioneer who had been educated at Cambridge University.
If you were asked to name the three most prominent industries found in the Greater Phoenix area, could you do it? If not, here’s the answer. High-tech manufacturing is considered the single largest industry. Next is the tourist industry. Finally, construction is considered to round out the top three industries. Along with offering plenty of jobs, these three industries are also said to provide some of the highest paying positions in the city.
Do you like to golf? If so, the Greater Phoenix Area is the place you want to be. All told, there are more than 200 golf courses found throughout the area. From options for professionals to events suitable for amateurs or enthusiasts, there’s bound to be something for you just about any time of the year.
Tourism is important to Phoenix as well as to the rest of the state. There are figures indicating that in excess of 37 million people visit Arizona in any given year. For the metropolitan area of Phoenix, it’s common for around 16 million people to visit during a typical year.
Sports is also important to the Greater Phoenix Area. Did you know that the city is home to franchises associated with four of the major sports leagues? That means plenty of professional as well as college and local sports for everyone to enjoy.
Sky Harbor Airport in the Greater Phoenix Area is the best solution for making your way to and from the city. As the main airport in the GPA, it’s known to serve more than 40 million passengers each year. It’s also known to be among the ten busiest airports in the United States.