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 loose 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.

Leave Recyclables Loose in the Blue Container; Do NOT Bag.

 

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

YES

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

NO

  • 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

Shred-a-Thons

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

Cardboard boxes must be empty and flat

YES

  • 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

  • No milk or juice carton

YES

  • 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

  • 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)

YES

  • Aluminum cans, clean foil and pie pans
  • Steel/tin cans (Vegetable, fruit and soup cans)
  • Empty aerosol cans (Shaving cream, deodorant, cooking spray)

NO

  • No cans with paint, pesticides or other hazardous materials
  • No hangers or other metal items

YES

  • Beverage bottles (all colors)
  • Food jars (labels are ok)

NO

  • No mirrors, windows, drinking glasses, plates or any other type of glass