Ward 6 Office Accepting ALL Non-Recyclable Plastics!

Frustrated that you can only put #1 and #2 plastics (and maybe #5) in your blue bin? Happy that Ward 6 now takes your glass for recycling? Well now you can bring Ward 6 your “non-recylable” plastics to be made into blocks.

Ward 6 office: 3202 E. First Street, Tucson, AZ 85716
Phone: (520) 791-4601
Receptacles for glass and plastics are available as you drive in behind the ward office.

The following info is from a recent newsletter by Steve Kozachik:

Ward 6 is beginning a pilot program that builds on the glass recycling/reuse program already in place.

Plastics that can’t go in your blue recycling bin can be made into blocks by ByFusion.

When you bring your plastics here, please DO NOT also assume we’re after anything that belongs in the blue bin. No cardboard, no cans, no recyclable plastic – just the non-recyclable plastics.

We want your plastic bags that do not belong in the blue bin. We want your bubble wrap. We want your plastic forks and spoons, yogurt containers, and the wrapping that goes around the meat you buy. We want your Saran Wrap and plastic tubs from frozen food. You do not need to wash it out – but please bag up what you bring and toss it into the Plastics Only bin that is now the first thing you see when you drive in behind the ward office.


NO SORTING NEEDED – just bring your non-recyclable plastics in bags (not loose).

We collect the plastic, send it to “Tank’s Green & Clean” for baling, truck it to ByFusion for blocking and they send us back blocks to be used in local projects.

The product will be more readily available than concrete or lumber, and it is easier to build with and saves costs. And it keeps the non-recyclable plastic out of the landfill.

At the end of the pilot, we’ll all put our heads together to see if continuing makes sense, and what the real costs vs benefits are. My hope is by the end of the year we’ll have shown the community wants this, is a good partner and not tossing junk into the bin, and that we can demonstrate the economic value of the program. The environmental value is clear.

So now there are 3 bins behind the Ward 6 office; one for Plastic Only, one for glass only and the other is for cardboard.

You can bring all these non-recyclable plastics!!

The Spring 2022 Newsletter is here!

The Newsletter, chock full of fascinating and useful information (as always) is linked below as a pdf — and should also be arriving in your mailbox soon (if not already arrived).

The Blenman-Elm Neighborhood Association Spring 2022 Newsletter

See this and all the past newsletters on the Newsletters page.

New Congressional and Legislative Districts now final


According to the above article, “The new congressional district boundaries create three seats that lean Democratic, four seats that lean Republican and two that are more narrowly divided between the parties.”

Congressional districts map here: https://bit.ly/3egBKX4

State Legislature map here: https://bit.ly/3yVwrFK

The Pima County Recorders Office says:

“The Independent Redistricting Commission OK’d new maps for AZ Congressional (https://bit.ly/3egBKX4) and Legislative (https://bit.ly/3yVwrFK) districts. Your representatives may have changed, but in 2022 every Pima County Voter will automatically get an updated Voter ID Card!”

“Early next year we’ll be mailing new Voter ID cards to all 626,000+ Pima County voters. You can help ensure your card gets to you by updating your mailing address at http://ServiceArizona.com”

As best I can tell, all of Blenman-Elm will be in Congressional District 7 (west of Country Club and south of Grant), and in Legislative District 20. I could be wrong about this so please comment on this post if I’m mistaken.

Screen shot of the new Tucson congressional districts (6 and 7). Use the link about to zoom in for more detail.

The new districts will be used for the 2022 General Election.