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Q&AZ: How much debris is demolition of Mesa's Fiesta Mall creating?

Mesa’s Fiesta Mall has been undergoing demolition since July.

Through KJZZ’s Q&AZ reporting project, a listener wanted to know how much debris the former mall is creating, and where it all ends up.

The short answer is about 4,000 truckloads.

The debris is shipped to landfills, and recycling and reclamation facilities. As the site is demolished, experts separate the materials using hand labor, and large and small equipment. This allows them to minimize airborne dust and maximize the amount of debris diverted from the landfill.

Heavy equipment operator Todd Evans and his son, of Dickens Quality Demolition, started working on the project about a month ago. Evans, who moved to the Valley from Show Low, said his job is to turn things back into dirt.

“Everything from the fence line in will be taken back to natural Earth material. Just dirt,” Evans said. “We are running 20-25 trucks per day from several different vendors, and we are running anywhere from 125-175 truckloads a day out of here — of inert material, trash material, scrap metal.”

A spokesperson for the property co-owner said there is no deadline to complete the project.

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Tori Gantz is an intern at KJZZ and a last-semester undergraduate in Arizona State University's journalism and mass communication program. Gantz started on air as an anchor at Blaze Radio ASU, where she rocks a weekly DJ set. They are from Green Bay, Wisconsin.Over the summer, Gantz was a Hearst Foundation fellow for Carnegie-Knight News21, an investigative reporting initiative hosted at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She covered the 2022 midterm elections as a Washington, D.C., correspondent for Cronkite News and a fact-checking intern on PolitiFact's national policy team. They have freelanced for several local publications.Gantz enjoys hiking, listening to live music and working with their book club.