Recyclable Items List

Be green, think blue. Use your blue recycling container ONLY for items listed on the City's Recycling List.

Place clean and dry recyclables lose in the blue container with the recycling container 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 check and call than not at all.

Items listed below are the most common recyclable items used in households.


  • Newspapers and inserts
  • Magazines, catalogs, phone books
  • White or colored paper
  • Paper sacks, magazines
  • Junk mail and envelopes


  • No bagged or loose shredded paper
  • No gift wrap, gift bags, or tissue paper
  • No padded or shipping envelopes
  • No paper plates, napkins, paper towels, or facial tissue
  • No pet food bags

Cardboard boxes must be 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


  • Beverage bottles and jugs
  • Shampoo and soap bottles
  • Liquid laundry detergent jugs
  • Lids are accepted, but lids must be attached to the original container.


  • No items other than plastic bottles or jugs
  • No margarine, sour cream tubs
  • No food trays
  • No plastic bags or shrink wrap, even if marked as recyclable* (Recycle at local grocers)
  • No Styrofoam materials, 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 containers are available for residents to transfer recycling items accepted in the City's recycling program from inside their home to their blue recycling curbside container. In-house containers are free but subject to availability.  

The 14-gallon in-house recycling tub (without handle) is also available.

Recycling In-House ContainersIn-House Container Dimensions:

6-Gallon Recycling Basket (with handle)
6-gallon capacity
Measures 10.5" l x 9.5" w x 12.5" h

14-Gallon Recycling Tub (no handle)
14-gallon capacity
Measures 17.5" l x 14" w x 14" h

Call Solid Waste Customer Service at 480-782-3510 for details about how you can receive an in-house recycling container 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.

Frequently Asked Questions