Dollar Day resumes at Buckhead Mesa and Russell Gulch Landfills this Saturday, May 8th

Landfill Hours:
Russell Gulch (Globe) 6
:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
Buckhead Mesa (Payson) 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Monday through Saturday, Closed Sunday and Holidays

Most Loads Cost Just $7.50
 Gila County has once again halted the second Saturday each month ‘dollar day’ discount that brought crowds to both Gila County landfills. As of December 1, the monthly discount day is suspended while Covid-19 contagion continues to spread, and remains a public health concern for county leaders.
“This step is being taken for two main reasons: the main one is to follow federal, state and county emergency declaration guidelines to reduce crowds -- and, on a more personal and individual basis -- the safety of each and every landfill user, and safety of our small staff who operate the landfill and interact with every customer who arrives at the landfill,” said Steve Sanders, Public Works Director. “And rest assured, this is not permanent. Suspending dollar day is a temporary measure until public health officials assure us that the virus is under control.”

Most loads Cost $7.50
State Law -- Tarp or Cover Loads
Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday at Buckhead Mesa and 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Russell Gulch (closed Sundays and Holidays).
Questions, or need to verify the landfill schedule? Call 928-425-7470 for Russell Gulch Landfill staff in Globe, or (928) 476-3350 for Buckhead Mesa in Payson. Staff remind residents to tarp, cover and secure your trash. Arizona state and local laws require all loads must be covered or secured - that applies to residential haulers as well as commercial.

Landfill staff say $7.50 includes up to 280 pounds, with an additional three-cents per pound for heavier loads. And for all other waste (construction, mixed loads, metal, large brush). Hauling a load of residential grass clippings, leaves, limbs and shrubs? That’s 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 diameter.
Questions?  Please  call landfill staff during daytime business hours at

Russell Gulch Landfill in Globe (928) 425-7470
Buckhead Mesa Landfill in Payson  (928) 476-3350

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 Payson Bikes

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The Recycling and Landfill Management Division:

Responsible for the operation and compliance of two active landfills; two waste tire collection sites; and four closed landfills.  The Division has recycling drop off bins for paper at both landfills and plastic beverage bottle at the Russell Gulch Landfill and actively recycles green waste, metal, batteries, oil, and tires. The Recycling and Landfill Management Division operates under the rules and regulations of the EPA and ADEQ.  We recycle number 1 and 2 plastics (if you drink from it, it's recyclable).

The Gila County Landfills accept 52,311 tons of refuse yearly between the two landfills.
Click here for the current fee schedule for refuse.

Recycling and Diversion Programs:

In the last nine years, 11,000 tons of paper have been diverted from the landfill and hauled to a recycler in Scottsdale. A bin for plastic beverage bottle recycling is located at the Landfill. Over the past decade  recycling efforts in Gila County added an average of  one month per year to the life of our landfills, by diverting recyclable paper and plastics - reducing total volume. 

Earth Day 2021

Links for additional recycling information: or Google 

Also in past years, 59 tons of discarded computers were hauled to an electronics recycler.

Bikes discarded in the landfill are refurbished by labor from the Department of Corrections with all parts paid for by the Landfill and a donation from BHP, then distributed to needy children. 140 bikes were distributed in the County during 2019.   370 tons of metal and 2,500 gallons of used motor oil are  recycled annually .  45,567 waste tires – all Gila County waste tires are shipped to CRM in Queen Creek where they are shredded into crumb rubber additive for highways

Buckhead Mesa  Environmental Stewardship Award

Gila County’s Buckhead Mesa landfill is in good company – recognized in August 2018 with an award for three years of ‘Voluntary Environmental Stewardship’ from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ). Others that have achieved this certification include Boeing Corp, Luke Air Force Base, L3-Communications, the Page Springs Fish Hatchery operated by Arizona Game and Fish Department, In this photo ADEQ Community Liaison Byron James presents the Bronze award to Gila County’s previous Recycling and Landfill Manager Sharon Winters, previous District 1 Supervisor Tommie Martin and Buckhead Mesa Landfill Operations Supervisor Mark Gann.

Buckhead Mesa wins DEQ Environmental Award

Community Service Projects: 

Gila County Recycling and Landfill Management Division is a member of the Keep America Beautiful Great American Clean Up Program and very active in the Fire Wise Programs on the Rim .  Recycle latex paint drop, free metal appliance discard and fees waived on greenwaste for fire hazard removal events are held annually.


Kenny Keith, Recycling & Landfill Manager
745 N Rose Mofford Way
Globe, AZ  85501
Office:  928-402-8531
Fax:  928-425-8520