City of Phoenix Indigenous Peoples’ Day Holiday Notice
​City of Phoenix offices will be closed Monday, Oct. 9, in observance of the Indigenous Peoples’ Day holiday. Here’s how some city services are affected:

Solid Waste Collection: Curbside trash and recycling schedules remain unchanged on Monday, Oct. 9, with no schedule changes on the days following the holiday, either. Collection will happen as regularly scheduled, even on Indigenous Peoples’ Day itself.

Library: 16 of Phoenix Public Library’s 17 locations will be closed Monday, Oct. 9, in observance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day holiday; South Mountain Community Library will remain open. All Phoenix Public Library book drops and digital/eresources are available 24/7. Visit for more details.

Parking Meters: All parking meters are enforced 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, including weekends and holidays.

Parks and Recreation Facilities: City of Phoenix Community centers will be closed on Monday, Oct. 9 for the holiday. Parks and trails will be open for regular hours.
Anthem’s Go Green Event: A Comprehensive Recycling Initiative for Residents
On Saturday, Oct. 21, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Anthem Community Park’s lower parking lot at 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy. is set to transform into a hub for eco-conscious residents. The Anthem Community Council, in collaboration with Republic Services, ProShred, MCSO, and other partners, is organizing the Go Green event, offering locals a chance to responsibly dispose of a vast array of items.

To participate, residents need to be in the queue by 10:45 a.m. and should access the lot exclusively from Freedom Way to Whitman Drive. The event caters only to Anthem’s residential community, and participants should bring proof of residency. No commercial vehicles, U-Hauls, oversized vehicles, or RVs are allowed.

The comprehensive recycling stations include:
• MCSO for medication disposals, excluding medical sharps.
• St. Vincent de Paul for donations like non-perishable foods, clothing, toys, and school supplies.
• Republic Services for large household items and appliances.
• Westech Recyclers for a wide range of electronics.
• Safety Kleen for paint and household hazardous waste.
• Lighting Resources LLC for lighting elements and batteries.
• Republic Services for cardboard recycling.
• ProShred for secure document shredding, limited to five banker-sized boxes per car.

However, some items won’t be accepted, including tires, medical sharps, and items containing Freon.

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Animal Cruelty Code Bans Chains AND Requires Adequate Shelter
The Phoenix City Council recently passed an update to the city’s Animal Cruelty Ordinance. This update is the result of a review by city staff of the ordinance with input from animal welfare organizations, and several city departments.

Of the changes made, two are important to note. Updates were made to the definition of adequate shelter and the types of restraints a dog owner can use. Chains have been outlawed as an option for tethering a dog.

The first major change to the Animal Cruelty Ordinance was to change the definition of adequate shelter. The exact verbiage of Ordinance 8-3.K.8 now reads: Adequate shelter means any natural or artificial cover accessible to an animal throughout the year, which is structurally sound, maintained in good repair to protect the animal from injury, and of sufficient size to permit the animal to enter, stand, turn around and lie down in a natural manner. Adequate shelter must protect the animal from extreme weather conditions, have adequate ventilation and drainage, and maintained in a manner which minimizes the risk of disease, infestations, or parasites.

The second major change to the Animal Cruelty Ordinance was to ban animal owners from using chains to tether their animals. Owners who do use chains can now be cited under Unlawful Restraint of Dog 8-3.08.A.5. The exact verbiage of the new ordinance reads: Restraint means a rope, tether, leash, cable, or other device other than a chain that attaches a dog to a stationary object or trolley system.

Read the updated ordinance at