Frequently Asked Questions: Recycling and Solid Waste

Read these questions if you've been wondering about recycling and solid waste disposal programs provided by the City of Chandler.

Why are some materials recycled in Chandler’s recycling programs and others not?
The key is economics. There are three important factors that determine what materials can be economically recycled:

QUANTITY:  There must be a large enough quantity of the material available to recycle.

COST:  The cost for the material must be more than the cost of collection, processing and transportation.

ACCEPTANCE:  Just as important as the cost, the material recovery facility (recycling center) must accept the material.

How can I get a list of what is recycled in the blue recycling container? 
Solid Waste Services offers refrigerator magnets that list the materials accepted for recycling in the blue curbside container or click below for a flyer.
City of Chandler's Recycling List  or visit the City's main recycling page for more details.

In-house recycling baskets for your kitchen or utility area are also available to residents paying for city-provided trash and recycling collection.

If you would like to receive a magnet, a recycling basket for use in the home, or both, call the Solid Waste Services  at 782-3510 and staff will gladly assist you.

Why can’t I recycle my Styrofoam packing?
Even though Styrofoam and other polystyrene products are marked as recyclable, these items are not accepted in the City of Chandler's curbside recycling program.  Unfortunately, there is no  market for much of the Styrofoam materials as much of the material is contaminated with food and/or beverages. Plus Styrofoam is not made the same and packing material may contain fire retardant chemicals that are not biodegradable. Styrofoam cups and food containers should be bagged and thrown in the trash container.

Some local companies, such as UPS stores and Earth Friendly Block (scroll to bottom of their web page for drop off location) accept clean Styrofoam packing materials including block and peanuts. Since storage space may be limited, it is recommended to first call the store near you to  be sure they will accept the material.

Where can I get documents shredded?
For details on upcoming Shred-a-Thons visit the Maricopa County Attorney or Arizona Attorney General's Fraud Fighters websites or contact local area office supply chains, as some offer this service.

Why can’t I recycle plastic grocery-type bags in my blue container?
Like most of the valley cities, Chandler’s curbside and neighborhood drop-off recycling programs do not accept any plastic bags and plastic shrink wrap and packaging. There are a couple of reasons why. The type of plastic film often gets caught up in the recycling sorting equipment causing costly break downs and putting workers at risk of injury.  Also many of the bags found in the City's recycling containers contain trash, making the bags unmarketable. contaminates. There are several stores in our community that offer plastic bag recycling including Albertson's, Bashas, Fry's, Safeway, Sprouts, Target, Walmart, & Whole Foods. Plastic bag recycling bins can usually be found near the store entrances or checkout areas. For the type of plastic bags and wrap they accept click on the link for  Bag Central Station

Reuse bags to secure waste.  Maricopa County and Chandler City Code regulations require perishable trash be bagged and tied. Plastic bags are an excellent means for securing wet and perishable household trash before throwing it into the trash container.  Drop off extra bags at the Community Center or at   Dog Waste Stations   found at many City parks so dog owners can clean up after their pets, This programs helps you get rid of extra bags, prevents the City from having to purchase bags,  and keeps local parks and neighborhoods clean.

What can I do with large items that won’t fit into my trash container?
Chandler has a FREE curbside bulk materials service available for FREE to residents with city-provided trash and recycling collection service.  Chandler will collect bulk materials right at your curb. If you would like more information on scheduling a FREE BULK
COLLECTION, call the Solid Waste Services at 480-782-3510, or visit Bulk Materials Collection.

Residents paying for solid waste services on their City of Chandler utility bill can self-haul material to the Recycling-Solid Waste Collection Center

What are the hours of operation for the  Recycling-Solid Waste Collection Center?
The facility is open from Thursday - Monday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.; CLOSED Tuesdays & Wednesdays, and the following holidays:  New Year's Day, MLK Day, Presidents' Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans' Day, Thanksgiving, & Christmas.


What type of identification do I need in order to bring material to the City's Recycling-Solid Waste Collection Center?
Chandler residents that pay for refuse service are able to use this facility FREE of charge by providing a current City of Chandler utility bill to staff at the Recycling-Solid Waste Collection Center.

Residents that do not pay for refuse service and live in multi-family units within the Chandler city limits may use this facility for a $10 charge. Current rent receipt is required to use this facility. If you are unsure whether you can bring material to the Collection Center, call Solid Waste Services at 782-3510 and staff will be happy to assist.

What do I do with leftover paint, pesticides, oil, pool chemicals and rechargeable or auto batteries?
Throwing household chemicals in your trash container, pouring them down the drain, or dumping them at the curb is dangerous and irresponsible. To better serve Chandler residents, the City offers household hazardous waste collection at the City's  Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility.
 
Scheduled appointments are required to ensure a safe environment for the public and for managing the quantities of household hazardous waste delivered. Please call 480-782-3510 to schedule your appointment for dropping off household hazardous waste. No commercial business waste, ammunition, gun powder or bio-hazard materials will be accepted.
 
Please remember: Verification of City residency is required. Residents should bring their most recent City of Chandler utility bill, showing city-provided refuse services. Residents also should be prepared to show picture identification, such as a driver's license.

Why does Chandler have city staff looking in my blue recycling or black trash container?
Recycling containers are inspected to ensure materials being placed in the blue container are materials listed and accepted in Chandler's curbside recycling program. Recycling containers are inspected to limit potential health and safety risks to employees at the recycling center. Employees at the recycling center manually sort the materials we place in our blue containers. For this reason, city staff inspects containers to ensure materials are NOT perishable trash or hazardous waste.

Trash containers are inspected to ensure compliance with governmental regulations. Maricopa County and Chandler require residents to secure perishable garbage and wet grass in plastic bags BEFORE placing waste in a black trash or alley container. Doing so reduces concerns for the breeding of flies and other pesky insects.

How to I get my recycling or trash container repaired?
Contact Solid Waste Services at 480-782-3510 and staff will make arrangements to have your container repaired.

What do I do if I see a dead animal on a Chandler city street?                                                                                                                                 
If you observe a dead animal on a City street Monday through Friday form 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. call Solid Waste Services at 480-782-3510 for removal.  All other times contact the Police Department's non-emergency number at 480-782-4130.

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