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Be Green, Think Blue!

Use your blue recycling container ONLY for items listed on the City's Recycling List.  Place clean and dry recyclables loose in the blue container with the lid closed.  If you're uncertain about an item being acceptable in the curbside recycling program, call Solid Waste Services at 480-782-3510. Always better to call than not at all!

Recyclables Accepted in the City of Chandler's Recycling Program: Recycling List (PDF)
Items listed are the most common recyclable items found in home. If you have a question about an item that is not listed please call 480-782-3510.

    • Newspapers and inserts
    • Magazines, catalogs, phone books
    • White or colored paper
    • Paper sacks, magazines
    • Junk mail and envelopes
    • Bagged shredded paper
      • Shredded paper must be placed in a clear or white bag and tied securely .
      • This is the ONLY time plastic bags are to be placed in your blue recycling container.
      • Plastic bags are NOT ACCEPTABLE in Chandler's recycling program at any other time. . . .
      • This exception is made for shredded paper only to prevent litter and assist in the sorting process.
    • No gift wrap, gift bags, or tissue paper
    • No paper plates, napkins, paper towels, or facial tissue
    • No pet food bags
  • CARDBOARD (Empty and flat) 
    • Prepared food boxes
    • Shoe boxes
    • Moving / shipping boxes
    • Egg cartons
    • Paper towel / toilet paper cardboard tubes
    • Pizza boxes (if not soiled w/grease or food)
    • No milk or juice carton
  • PLASTIC BOTTLES AND CONTAINERS with the recycle symbol #1-#6. Lids are accepted, but lids must be attached to original container.
    • Beverage bottles and jugs
    • Shampoo and soap bottles
    • Liquid laundry detergent jugs
    • Yogurt, margarine, sour cream tubs
    • Frozen food trays
    • No plastic bags or shrink wrap, even if marked as recyclable* (Recycle at local grocers or City park Dog Waste Stations)
    • No Styrofoam-type material, even if marked as recyclable* (Contact UPS & Mailing stores to drop off packing peanuts & Earth Friendly Block to drop off styrofoam packaging that protects appliances and electronics)
    • Aluminum cans, clean foil and pie pans
    • Steel/tin cans (Vegetable, fruit and soup cans)
    • Empty aerosol cans (Shaving cream, deodorant, cooking spray)
    • No cans with paint, pesticides or other hazardous materials
    • No hangers or other metal items
    • Beverage bottles (all colors)
    • Food jars (labels are ok)
    • No mirrors, windows, drinking glasses, plates or any other type of glass
In-House Recycling Containers

In-House Recycling Tub
14 gallon capacity
Measures 17.5" l x 14" w x 14" h

In-House Recycling Basket with handle

6 gallon capacity
Measures 10.5" l x 9.5" w x 12.5" h

A 6-gallon in-house recycling basket  is delivered to each new home receiving City services, so residents can conveniently transfer recyclables from inside their home to their curbside recycling bin. A larger 14-gallon recycling tub (without handle) is also available. Call Solid Waste customer service at 480-782-3510 for details about how to get an in-house recycling basket for your home!

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.

Questions about recycling? Send us an email, or call Solid Waste Services at 480-782-3510

Frequently Asked Questions

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