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Recycle Smart: Changes in How We Need to Recycle

You may or may not be aware of some changes to recycling plastic on a global level. We asked McKenzie Jones, Sustainability Specialist with the City of Flagstaff, to let us know about the changes and how to proceed with recycling as much as we can.

Plastics recycling in Flagstaff is changing and you will no longer be able to recycle certain types of plastics in your curbside recycling bin. Until now, we have been able to recycle all types of plastic, numbers 1-7, as long as they were rigid. As of June 1st, 2018, the only types of plastic that will be accepted for recycling are plastic bottles and jugs, which are numbers 1 and 2.

These changes stem from changes in the national and international recycling market. The recycling market has been significantly impacted due to the Chinese government no longer accepting certain types of recyclables as imports. Until recently, China has accepted roughly half of the world’s plastic and paper recyclables. The sudden ban on much of these materials has sent international markets for recyclables into a tailspin. Norton Environmental, the company responsible for sorting and selling Flagstaff’s recyclables, has been unable to find buyers for these types of plastic. Flagstaff is not alone, as many other communities around the country have been forced to remove items from their acceptable materials list or send significant amounts of formerly recyclable materials to the landfill.

What can we all do?

While this recent decision by China to ban certain types of recyclables was sudden, it is the result of a long-term and growing problem of material consumption and contamination in the world’s recycling stream. Despite the fact that people are putting more recyclables in their recycling bins, they have also been increasingly placing more non-recyclable items into their bin. This is known as “wishful recycling” which actually makes it more difficult and costly to process recyclable items. The end result is that more recyclable items get sent to the landfill as contamination.

These changes do provide an opportunity for all of us to reflect on the purpose of recycling. Recycling reduces the demand on natural resources, lowers the energy needed to create the products we use daily, and saves valuable landfill space. While it can feel good to put all of our trash in the recycling bin, doing so negates the benefits of recycling.

To realize the benefits of recycling, only the correct types of plastics can be recycled – wishful recycling must stop. Going forward, sort your plastics by shape. Forget the number and chasing arrow symbol found on some plastics. Instead only recycle your plastic bottles, jugs, and jars. This includes beverage, toiletry, and soap bottles, as well as milk jugs and peanut butter jars (just make sure they are clear of any food). Any plastic packaging that does not fit these shapes is not recyclable, including items such as bags, wraps, trays, take-out containers, cups, and produce containers. Just make sure to keep recycling your cardboard, paper, and metal cans. While you’re at it, touch up on recycling basics by visiting our online recycling guide at

The best thing that we can do is to choose durable, reusable items and avoid throwing items in either your recycling or trash bin. And, don’t forget to bring your own reusable mug or carry a reusable water bottle or shopping bag with you on the go. Find out what you can do to prevent waste by visiting

To find out what the City is doing to reduce the impacts of Flagstaff’s waste and consumption, visit   or contact our Zero Waste Coordinator at 928-213-2158 or


Monthly Flagstaff Home Sales Report

Monthly Flagstaff Homes Sales Report – July 2017 Flagstaff Homes Sales

Flagstaff Homes SalesSingle family homes sales were hot in July with 109 Flagstaff area homes sold. Compare that to the 91 sales in July of 2016 and it sounds even more impressive.  The most active market continues to be in the homes in the $400,000 and under price with 57 sales, although the $400,000-500,000 price range was very active with 33 sales. While we did see a slight bump in inventory levels last month, currently there is less than 1.7 months inventory in all ranges below $500,000.  Any sellers who may be on the fence, now is a great time to sell!

The average sales price for single family homes in July for the Flagstaff area was $430,206, with an average price/sq. ft. of 206.27.  Our market had median sales price of $390,000 in July.

There were 12 Condos, 33 townhomes and 13 manufactured homes sold in the area during the month of July.

Take an in-depth look at the current market conditions for the month of July.

Single Family Flagstaff Home Sales – July 2017


Things to Do in Flagstaff This Weekend

Holiday LightsWinter celebrations kick off in Flagstaff on Saturday evening with Little America Hotel’s Holiday Lighting Ceremony & the magical North Pole Experience (NPX). The 19th Annual holiday lighting event is from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. The light switch will be flipped on at 6:30 p.m. with over a million lights displayed on Little America’s 500-acre property.  Visitors can enjoy the display for the entire holiday season to the New Year.  The celebration on Saturday includes Christmas carolers, face painting, balloon sculpting, crafts, cookie decorating, a travel-themed raffle, and a dramatic entrance by Santa. The Little America Holiday Lighting Ceremony is free.

The North Pole Experience takes families on a trolley ride from Little America to Santa's workshop at the North Pole, where families work side-by-side with Santa and his elves, building toys and then visiting Santa's main factory floor.  Attend Elf University, and visit Mrs. Claus for cookies and snowman soup in the bakery. There’s also Santa's mailroom, and top-secret sleigh hanger. Tickets and lodging packages for The North Pole Experience available at various price levels with dates through December 27th.

What would a play about thought look like? How could a theatrical experience get an audience to wonder about what the mind does? How do we even begin to think about what we are doing?  Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy (FALA) presents On Thinking on Friday and Saturday evenings (7:00 p.m.) and Sunday afternoon (2:00 p.m.).  The production is a movement-dance-theatre multimedia collage. Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy (3401 North Fort Valley Road).  $5 in advance; $10 at the door, $2 fee for credit cards.

Premiering on Friday and Saturday evenings (7:30 p.m.), and Sunday (2:00 p.m.), with dates through December 8th, the Northern Arizona University Department of Theatre presents Spring Awakening – a New Musical. It’s a rock musical about the timelessness of adolescent angst and the universality of human passion.  Based on the book and lyrics by Steven Sater.  Music by Duncan Sheik.  NAU’s Clifford E. White Theater.  Tickets.

Now in its twelfth year, the It’s Elemental Fine Crafts Exhibition is open now through December 20th at the Coconino Center for the Arts.  This popular exhibition showcases works by the finest craftspeople in Northern Arizona. The annual juried show features over fifty original works of art.  The galleries at the Coconino Center are open Tuesdays through Saturdays

The intelligence, cleverness and beauty of ravens will take flight during The Day of the Raven at the Museum of Northern Arizona on Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Join artists, authors, and naturalists as they explore the wily wonder and mythology of these fascinating birds.  Enjoy poetry readings, fine art, hands-on activities and a presentation by the Audubon Society.  For kids, too!  Free with museum admission.

See NAU’s Men’s Basketball Lumberjacks take on San Diego Christian on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. in the NAU Walkup Skydome.  Tickets $6 - $8.  Season schedule and tickets.

Bowl with a frozen turkey on the Ice Bowling Lanes at the City of Flagstaff Parks and Recreation Keep-Your-Neighbors-Fed Turkey Bowl on Saturday at the Jay Lively Activity Center (ice arena – 1650 N. Turquoise Drive).  Join the annual food drive and bring non-perishable food items for free admission. Win prizes. 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

On Sunday, the Northern Arizona University School of Music presents a Symphony and Chamber Orchestra Concert: Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 in G Major.  Known as his "happy" symphony, this piece borrows heavily from Dvorak's favorite music, Bohemian folk melodies. It is rich, romantic, and cheerful, all at the same time, regarded by many as his greatest work.  NAU’s Ardrey Auditorium, 3:00 p.m. $8 general, $5 seniors, free with NAU ID and for those 17 and under.  Tickets.

A new exhibition continues at the Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) -- Nampeyo :: Namingha - Tradition & Transition.  The heritage of a Hopi/Tewa family unfolds, telling the story of artistic expression in the family descended from the Hopi/Tewa potter Nampeyo. Through May 14, 2014.  Included with regular museum admission.

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Things to Do in Flagstaff This Weekend

Living in Flagstaff will be great this weekend with this long list of Flagstaff events – even though we’re going to have a turn to chilly weather.Goryachev

The Grand Canyon Guitar Society presents Flamenco Guitarist Grisha Goryachev on Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. Goryachev is one of very few guitarists in the world who is reviving the tradition of solo flamenco guitar in concert settings. He strives to keep alive older flamenco masterpieces, creating his own interpretations of these masterpieces. Goryachev began to play the guitar at the age of six, then performed regularly as a child before large audiences in the most prestigious concert halls of St. Petersburg, Moscow, Minsk, Riga, and other major cities in the then Soviet Union. $20 advance, $25 day of show. Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 1601 N. San Francisco St.

The Northern Arizona University College of Arts and Letters hosts the Opening Reception for the Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition on Friday, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. The exhibition is held each semester to showcase capstone projects of students in the Fine Arts program. Join the featured students and School of Art faculty at the reception. The exhibition continues through December 19th at NAU’s Beasley Gallery. Free.

On Saturday, a new exhibition opens at the Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) -- Nampeyo :: Namingha - Tradition & Transition. The heritage of a Hopi/Tewa family unfolds through artwork -- ceramics, paintings, drawings, sculptures and conceptual art inspired by the traditions and landscapes of the ancient Hopi and Tewa villages of northern Arizona. The exhibit tells the story of artistic expression in the family descended from the Hopi/Tewa potter Nampeyo (1860-1942), including contemporary works Through May 14, 2014. Included with regular museum admission.

The Flagstaff Light Opera Company production of the Rogers and Hammerstein classic, The Sound of Music, continues on Friday and Saturday evenings (7:30 p.m.), and Sunday (2:30 p.m.). Sinagua Middle School. Adults $20, Seniors and students $15, and 12 & under $10.

On Saturday, NAU’s Community Music and Dance Academy presents The Nutcracker Tea, an annual, festive, holiday tradition designed for all ages. Enjoy a light lunch with tea, coffee, and hot chocolate, a reading of the Nutcracker story, arts and crafts activities for the children, interviews with some of the soloists from the upcoming Nutcracker ballet performance, and a silent auction. Costumed dancers will teach an excerpt from the ballet and be available for pictures with guests. Proceeds benefit the Academy Scholarship Fund. 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Adults $30, children $20, table for eight is $200. Call: (928) 523-1889.

On Saturday evening, the NAU School of Music presents NAU Opera Scenes at 7:30 p.m. in Ardrey Auditorium. The event celebrates the Bicentennial of Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi, along with the centennial of Benjamin Britten. Opera Scenes features Wagner scenes from Lohengrin and Die Walküre, a Verdi scene from Rigoletto, and Britten scenes from Peter Grimes and Billy Budd. Scenes from the musicals Chicago and Candidewill be included. The evening will end with a scene from Bizet's PearlfishersTickets.

The Flagstaff Public Library and Flagstaff Cultural Partners Stories to Life Series continues on Sunday with Homers on the Range: Writing Out from Kane Ranch. Readers will present writings created during a retreat at Kane Ranch, a working cattle ranch in the Vermillion Cliffs near the North Rim. The writings focus on how the land impacts these authors’ work. Readers include Tony Norris, Jean Rukkila, Laura Kelly, Darcy Falk, Shonto Begay, and Kate Watters. Free and open to the public. Not appropriate for ages 6 and under. 6:00 p.m. at the Coconino Center for the Arts.

On Sunday evening, enjoy Ballroom Dancing Lessons and an Open Dance at Canyon Dance Academy (2812 North Izabel Street), 5:00 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. Learn and practice social ballroom, swing, and Latin dances. Join a fun, encouraging community of dancers. Beginners, experienced dancers, singles, couples, and students welcome. No partner needed. Adults $8, students $5.

The popular Polar Express Train has begun its seasonal run at the Grand Canyon Railway, just 20 minutes west of Flagstaff. Experience the magic of The Polar Express™, the classic children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. Every winter the Grand Canyon Railway’s Polar Express comes to life on a journey through the nighttime wilderness to the enchanted beauty of “the North Pole”— where Santa Claus and his reindeer are waiting with a keepsake present for every good boy and girl. Reservations necessary! See the Polar Express website for complete details, availability and price packages.

The Evolving Universe Exhibition continues at Lowell Observatory, exploring how the stars and universe undergo the same stages as life on Earth — from birth, to maturity and, eventually, to death. The exhibition was developed by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO), the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, and is circulated by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. Included with regular observatory admission.

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Kiplinger's Loves Flagstaff

Kiplinger's RankingRanking 300 cities nationwide, Kiplinger's Magazine names Flagstaff #9 in its "Best Cities of 2009"

"Flagstaff is infused with new energy -- both from its residents and college students at Northern Arizona University. The university adds jobs to the city's economy, plus arts and entertainment to its cultural scene," says Kiplinger's Personal Finance in choosing Flagstaff as #9 in it's annual survey of Best Cities for 2009. The Kiplinger's article, appearing in its July 2009 issue, says the magazine based its choice of top cities for the year by focusing on places that have stable employment plus the talent to create new, well-paying positions. According to Kiplinger's, a robust job market makes these cities safe havens during the recession and will give them a head start toward growth when the recovery takes off.

The article got a few things wrong about Flagstaff: It counted the population of the entire County as being within Flagstaff, saying our total population is over 126,000. In fact, the City of Flagstaff is about half that, with the immediately surrounding County areas (Flagstaff mailing addresses) adding another $15,000 or so. Secondly, they overlooked one of our largest, high-tech firms: Gore Medical Products, which was named on of Fortune Magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work for in 2009. They also over-looked our high-tech business incubator, which officially opened in November 2008 and has already spawned a successful high-tech business: Senestech, Inc.

So, thanks, Kiplinger's. We're even better than you think we are!

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