Sustainability & Air Quality

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Green Building Practices
The Town of Queen Creek has set itself apart as a forward-looking, progressive community. The Town adopted its official green building policy to reflect its commitment to encouraging environmentally friendly practices in Queen Creek. The Queen Creek library, which received LEED Gold certification, was the first municipal building designed and constructed with green building features. The Town also encourages the voluntary application of sustainable building guidelines in private sector building design, construction and operations.

Water Conservation
Living in the desert poses unique challenges for conserving our valuable water resources. The Town provides a variety of resources for residents to learn more about water conservation and its impacts, including workshops and information about detecting leaks and maintaining your watering system, guidelines for planting and caring for attractive desert landscaping, and simple tips for reducing water use in your daily activities.

The Town offers a curbside recycling program is simple and straightforward. All acceptable recyclables go in the blue recycle cart—no sorting required. Typically as much as 50 percent of the average household waste stream can be recycled. The Town also provides recycling through a neighborhood recycling drop-off site is located at the Queen Creek Library. This site is available to anyone who wishes to use it, including those who have not yet begun service. In addition to regular services, the Town hosts various special recycling events throughout the year for residents to recycle items not typically accepted in curbside trash/recycling collection or monthly bulk collection. Special drop-off events include Christmas tree recycling in January, electronics recycling and metal/tire recycling.

Air Quality
One of the primary threats to air quality in the Phoneix Valley is PM-10, particulate matter that is 10 micrometers or less in diameter. PM-10 particles are very small and can invade the natural defense mechanism of the human respiratory tract, causing a wide variety of harmful health effects. Queen Creek is among several groups in the Phoenix metropolitan area that have developed and are implementing programs to help the Valley meet the Federal Clean Air Act standards for PM-10. In addition to its own resolutions to improve air quality, the Town also has been recognized for its exceptional public education and outreach to encourage residents to join in air quality efforts.

Along with supporting laws and efforts to make our air healthier, there are things everyone can do to make the air we breathe cleaner. These include driving less, not driving or parking in the dirt, driving slowly on unpaved roads and reducing wood-burning stove or fireplace use.

The Town has established a dust control hotline to receive calls regarding air quality concerns. To report a dust problem in Queen Creek, call 480-358-3130. Serious air quality offenders should be reported to the Maricopa County Air Quality Department at 602-372-2703.

Air Quality Requirements

To comply with state legislation, the Town of Queen Creek adopted Ordinance 419-08 including additional air quality requirements. The requirements became effective March 31, 2008.

ATVs and Other Off-Road Vehicles: Prohibits the operation of any vehicle on an unpaved surface that is not public or private road, street or lawful easement and that is closed by the landowner. This includes off-highway vehicles (OHVs), off-road recreational motor vehicles (ORRMVs), and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). Report ATVs or other off-highway vehicles in washes or future Town park sites to the Town Park Ranger’s hotline at 480-358-3770. On private property or unpaved roads, report to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office at 602-876-1853.

Leaf Blowers: Prohibits blowing landscape debris into public roadways at any time by any person and using leaf blowers on bare, native soil. Leaf blowers can only be used on stabilized surfaces such as concrete/asphalt, grass, gravel, or finished landscape (decomposed granite or similar stabilizing surfaces).

Vehicle Parking: Prohibits parking on unpaved surfaces, including vehicles for sale parked on dirt shoulders and street corners.

Vacant Lots: Requires vacant lot owners to control dust if ground surface has been disturbed and prohibits vehicle driving on vacant lots. Solutions to re-stabilize disturbed surfaces include landscaping, vegetation, water or a dust palliative.