HOLIDAY REMINDER: To maximize use of space, please break down all cardboard boxes before placing them in your recycle barrel. Due to the number of barrels that need to be serviced by the collection truck, items left on top or around the container will not be picked up.
The blue recycle barrel is collected curbside on a weekly basis, including all holidays. Items placed into the blue barrel should not be bagged but they should be relatively clean, dry and empty. Lids and labels do not need to be removed. Barrels should be placed in the gutter by 6 a.m. on designated collection day and removed no later than 6 a.m. the following day. Additional or larger size blue barrels are available at no additional charge. For more information, please call Customer Service at 480-644-2221. Barrel Collection Schedule Map (PDF)
Items accepted in Mesa's Blue Barrel Program
Junk mail, paper bags, computer & writing paper
Magazines, catalogs, telephone books and newspapers (include inserts)
Styrofoam is a #6 plastic so why can't I recycle it?
Number 6 plastic is made from polystyrene material. Polystyrene can be made into both rigid and foam products - in the latter case it is popularly known as the trademark Styrofoam. Examples of #6 rigid plastics would be CD cases and aspirin bottles, both of which are accepted in Mesa's blue barrel. Styrofoam products, such as insulated soda cups, are not accepted in Mesa's blue barrel because there is no current buyer for the material.
Bottles & jars containing a food or beverage when purchased
Juice, soda, beer & wine bottles, etc.
Baby food, mayonnaise, pickle & jelly jars, etc.
Metal cans containing a food or beverage when purchased
Soda & beer cans
Aluminum foil products (foil wrap, pie plates, etc.)
In-home recycling containers are available to Mesa residential solid waste customers at no additional charge. This 28-qt. container conveniently fits under the kitchen sink. Residents may stop by the Solid Waste Management Department, 730 N. Mesa Dr., to pick one up. Limit one container per household.