Anthem partners with Republic Services to provide a convenient and free way to properly dispose of household items in their biannual Go Green event Saturday, Oct. 9, at the Community Park.
This drive-thru event accepts items like electronics, personal documents, medications, bulk cardboard, glass, hazardous chemicals, batteries, nonperishable food items and clothing to recycle, donate or dispose of.
“Our closest recycle center is a little bit of a drive away,” said Kristi Northcutt, community relations director.
“This brings everything to our community, all of these vendors, so that you have a one-stop shop to dispose of, recycle and donate these items that might be lying around your home or garage. It makes it easy for our residents and we appreciate Republic Services providing it to our community.”
Anthem has offered this event twice a year for the past 11 years. In that time, it has grown tremendously. At the last Go Green event in the spring, trucks reached capacity, which Northcutt said was a positive sign.
“It’s a great problem to have, because it means people were taking advantage of the opportunity to recycle and donate,” she said. “Then we reminded our residents about bulk pickup through the year in their neighborhoods, and we heard from Republic Services last week that bulk pickup has reached new records this year as well.”
The event is 8 to 11 a.m., but it is encouraged to get in line early as there is the possibility of trucks reaching capacity. Vehicles must be in line by 10:45 a.m. The event is for Anthem residents only, and a proof of residency will be required. In addition, oversized vehicles such as U-Hauls or RVs will not be allowed.
To minimize traffic congestion, vehicles should enter the lower lot of the Community Park from Freedom Way to Whitman Drive, then exit onto Gavilan Peak Parkway. There are eight different drop-off stations, and Northcutt said it is encouraged to look at the site map and prepare in advance to know which station to go to. While the line may look long, Northcutt said they see an average of 500 to 700 cars come through the event, which means they process a car about every three minutes.
Go Green is a community effort led by Republic Services in partnership with ProShred, MCSO and others. The town just does their part to help put it together.
“It is a service that Republic Services provides to the community along with many other community partners and we just provide the space,” Northcutt said. “So, we do a lot of logistics to help them make the event a success and we do all of the communication and promotion of the event, but it’s their vendors and their partners who come and make this available to our community at no cost.”
Go Green will continue biannually for at least four more years, as part of the Anthem Community Council’s contract with Republic Services. Northcutt said the event is a great way to remind people of things they may not think about sitting around their home or garage, like properly handling chemicals or old clothes that are forgotten. She said the community is generally good at recycling cardboard, cans and plastic, but don’t realize there are other things that can be recycled, reused or donated.
“Anthem has always been committed to sustainable and green practices and keeping our community as safe as possible and as clean as possible. So that means using these events to give residents every opportunity to keep their homes clean, to keep their environment clean and it just has a ripple effect throughout the community.”
Go Green Recycling Event
WHEN: 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9.
(Recommended to get in line early)
WHERE: Community Park lower parking lot, 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway, Anthem