CityScope: May-June 2021

Be a responsible pet owner 

Pets can be a rewarding addition to any family, but they come with responsibilities. Abiding by leash laws and cleaning up animal waste are important, as well as making sure that pets don’t disturb the peace by barking or howling at inappropriate times. Enforcement of most laws and ordinances involving pets is the responsibility of Maricopa County Animal Care and Control. They can be reached at 602-506-PETS (7387). The following is a summary of some animal laws and ordinances:

  • All dogs over three months must wear a collar displaying a current license. 
  • Maricopa County’s leash law prohibits you from allowing your dog to run at large outside your property at any time. When you take your dog outside of its confined area, it must be restrained on a leash that is no longer than six feet in length. 
  • The law requires that animals be provided with the basic needs of life, including food and water. All animals must receive food on a daily basis; and the food must be free from contamination and offered in a quality and quantity sufficient to maintain its good health.
  • Barking dogs can present a problem. Visit for suggestions on steps to take, or call the Barking Dog Hotline at 480-782- BARK (2275). 
  • Animals must have access to clean, drinkable water in a container that can’t be tipped over or spilled. 
  • Maricopa County law requires that pet owners provide their animal with proper medical care. This means that if your pet is injured, sick or infested with parasites, you are responsible for getting adequate veterinary attention.   
  • There are no leash or license laws for cats, this means the City doesn’t have as many options to control them as they do other animals. There are animal welfare groups that sponsor programs to help control the population of feral cats. 

For more information, visit, or call 602-506-PETS (7387).

Operation Back to School

Once again, the City of Chandler and For Our City-Chandler are joining forces to organize Operation Back to School Chandler, the largest school supply drive in the East Valley, benefitting Chandler families in need. This year’s event takes place on Saturday, July 17. 

Last year, more than 2,500 backpacks filled with school supplies were distributed in about two hours. Request for assistance is greater than ever and there are multiple ways to contribute:

Monetary: Cash or checks are accepted; call Rori Minor at 480-782-4329. Donations also are accepted online, along with event sponsorships opportunities. 100% of donations go toward supplies for students.

In-kind: Drop-off school supplies from a wish list or consider conducting a drive at your workplace. To set up a shoe, sock or supply drive, email Rori Minor he last day for in-kind donations is June 14.

Virtual supply drive: Stuff a backpack from the safety of your own home using our virtual supply drive software and pay with a credit card. You'll find more information, and be able to make a donation online, or virtually shop at our supply drive.

Summer Reading Challenge 2021

The 2021 Chandler Public Library Summer Reading Challenge runs from June 1 – August 1. Registration begins

Girl reading a book

May 1 online or visit one of the four libraries. 

  • For all ages!
  • Read 20 minutes a day
  • Earn a FREE book
  • Enter secret codes and complete challenges
  • Attend library programs or community experiences

The annual summer reading challenge is one of the City’s major contributions to community literacy efforts. The Library’s goal is helping kids maintain their literacy skills during the summer while challenging them with games and experiences that create excitement around reading.

Find more about the challenge, events, programs and registration, or call 480-782-2800 for more information.

Eliminate mosquito risks
Maricopa County provides tips to reduce exposure

Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance. The best thing to do is protect yourself and your family from getting bit by mosquitoes and to eliminate breeding sites. Here are a few tips from Maricopa County:

  • When possible, stay inside between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are active.
  • Wear clothing that covers your arms and legs.
  • Use insect repellent on exposed skin and clothes. Always follow label instructions.
  • Fix broken screens in windows and doors.
  • Eliminate places where mosquitoes can lay eggs. Empty standing water from buckets, flower pots, old tires, wheelbarrows, etc. 
  • Empty and refresh water in pet dishes and bird baths every two days.
  • More tips and information is available from Maricopa County Vector Control. 

For more information, to report green pools or dead birds, or to file any mosquito-related complaint, call the Maricopa County West Nile Virus and Mosquito Surveillance Hotline at 602-506-0700, or visit and search for Vector Control.  

“Recycle Right” in Chandler

Recycle Can

Only items listed below are recyclable in Chandler at this time. Any other items in your recycle container are considered contamination, which is sent to a landfill, at an additional cost to the City. Do not bag recyclables. Place your bin at the curb by 6 a.m. on the day of collection.

  • Paper - Office and writing paper, mail, newspapers, and magazines
  • Boxes - Boxes (empty and flat) and paper rolls from paper towels, toilet paper, etc.
  • Plastic- Plastic bottles and jugs (empty and rinsed)
  • Metal - Aluminum and steel/tin cans (empty and rinsed)
  • Glass - Food and beverage bottles and jars (empty and rinsed)

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about recycling in Chandler:

What about yogurt cups, sour cream type tubs,  plastic trays or berry containers?  No, these items are no longer accepted in the recycling program due to market conditions. Plastic bottles and jugs are the only plastic items accepted for recycling. 

Can I recycle an item if it has a recycling symbol? Do not rely on the recycle symbol to determine if an item can be recycled. The symbols do not determine if the item is accepted in Chandler’s recycling program. For example plastic bags, plastic wrap and Styrofoam all are marked with a recycle symbol but are not accepted in Chandler’s recycling program. They are accepted for recycling at specialty bins at local grocery stores. If you are not sure: call 480-782-3510; check the Recycle Coach app or link at; and if in doubt, leave it out.  

Can I still recycle bagged shredded paper? No. Shredded paper should be secured in a plastic bag and placed in the trash container.

Should I recycle caps or lids? Only recycle lids and caps that are securely attached to plastic bottles and jugs. Lids from glass bottles and jars should be thrown in the trash. 

Do I need to remove labels from items? Labels do not need to be removed from plastic or glass containers before recycling. 

How clean do the recyclables need to be before placing in the curbside container? Recyclables should be clean, dry and empty. Rinse or wipe food particles from the container before recycling. No need for the items to be spotless. 

Get a list of the most common recyclable items used in households

City offices will be closed Monday, May 31, 2021 for the Memorial Day holiday. Trash and recycling collection will not be affected. 

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