landfill dollar day

This was the traffic taking advantage of the February 2020 Landfill Dollar Day, so make plans to get there early and if not, pack in your patience as well as your trash.

Gila County’s Buckhead Mesa Landfill is closed Wednesday, Nov. 11, along with all county offices for Veterans Day.

It will be open for the next Dollar Day Saturday, Nov. 14.

Landfill staff reminds those planning to take advantage of the special rate need to tarp, cover and secure loads of trash. And bring coins or $1 bill.

To confirm the landfill schedule, call 928-476-3350. Buckhead Mesa Landfill is north of Payson, off Highway 87, across from the turnoff to Tonto Natural Bridge State Park and near milepost 263. Hours are Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed Sundays and holidays.

State and local laws require all loads must be covered or secured.

The dollar day discount was created for residential users – and proof of Gila County residency is required. Commercial haulers pay regular landfill fees, and “most loads cost about $7.50,” according to landfill staff.

Expect a slight surcharge, just over two cents per pound, when loads exceed 320 pounds.

All other waste (construction, mixed loads, metal, large brush) costs $7.50 up to 280 pounds, with an additional three cents per pound for heavier loads.

Loads of residential grass clippings, leaves, limbs and shrubs are considered green waste, and the fee is $5 for 280 pounds or less, plus a slight surcharge for heavier loads. A brush rate applies when tree limbs are larger than four inches in diameter. For answers to specific questions, call landfill staff during daytime business hours, at 928-476-3350.

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