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Phoenix wants to improve recycling rate

PHOENIX -- The City of Phoenix said Monday it wants to be more successful at separating recyclables from solid waste.

"We were in the 16th to 17th percentile diversion rate by weight last year," said Terry Gellenbeck, Solid Waste Administrative Analyst for the City of Phoenix. "Now, we're at about 18th to 19th. The mayor has asked us to get up to 40 [percent] by the year 2020."

To help the city achieve that goal, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton has plans to launch the "40 by 20 Initiative" in the upcoming months. The educational initiative will focus on the benefits of recycling to the environment and the economic impact of recycling.

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Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

Sandra enjoys cooking and admits to enjoying "really bad" reality T.V. She also enjoys spending quiet time at home with people she loves, playing a little poker and traveling.

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