news briefs

The city of Peoria’s annual Winter Water Safety Day and Polar Plunge is 8 to 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, at Centennial Pool, 8081 W. Acoma Drive.

Families are invited to take the plunge and swim across an unheated pool to raise water safety awareness. Participants will receive a free T-shirt and a hot breakfast provided by the Peoria Firefighter Charities. The event is free but donations that go toward free swim lessons are accepted. Registration is required. To register or donate, visit


Firework safety

during the holidays

In Arizona, state law mandates the use and sale of consumer fireworks. Peoria officials remind residents that fireworks are dangerous and can cause significant harm to people and pets, as well as damage to property and open space. 

Consumer fireworks may be sold Dec. 10 through Jan. 3. However, legal consumer fireworks may only be used Dec. 24 through Jan. 3. Aerial and explosive fireworks such as skyrockets, bottle rockets and Roman candles are prohibited for use in Arizona. Legal consumer fireworks may only be used on private property and are not permitted on city property, including parks, city streets and city sidewalks. Fireworks are prohibited on state land and school property, unless a permit has been issued. For more information, visit


Holiday recycling tips

With wrapping paper and boxes around the house this holiday season, it is important to know which items are recyclable. When nonrecyclable items are placed in a single recycle container, contamination can occur, causing an entire truckload of material to be rejected from the materials recovery facility. Here are some tips for holiday recycling: 

• Ribbons, bows and glittery wrapping paper are not recyclable and should be placed in the trash.

• Bubble wrap packaging, Styrofoam, packing peanuts and plastic bags do not belong in recycle.

• Paper, flattened boxes, beverage glass and plastic bottles are recyclable and belong in recycle.

• Live Christmas trees may be recycled at designated drop-off locations from Dec. 24 through Jan. 3. Visit for locations and guidelines.


Bulk trash cleanup program offered twice a year

The city of Peoria provides bulk trash service twice a year to residents who receive trash and recycle services from the solid waste division. 

The bulk trash program provides a pickup of large, bulky items that do not fit in residential trash containers. The 2022 Bulk Trash Collection Program begins Jan. 3. 

For information on acceptable items and neighborhood collection dates, visit


City council meetings

The next regular city council meeting is 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, in council chambers, 8401 W. Monroe Street, Peoria. Meeting agenda and information are available at City council meetings and study sessions are broadcast live through Cox Channel 11, Facebook ( and YouTube (Digital Peoria).