Barrel Inspections


Periodically you may see a City of Mesa quality assurance inspector looking inside barrels that have been placed out for service in your neighborhood.  This routine practice is performed throughout Mesa for one or more of the following reasons:

  • Black barrel
    • Overloaded barrel
    • Barrel placement
    • Unbagged trash
    • Maricopa County compliance requirements

  • Blue barrel
    • Overloaded barrel
    • Barrel placement
    • Contaminated with non-acceptable items
    • Recyclables found in plastic bags
    • Quality control material inspections

  • Green barrel
    • Overloaded barrel
    • Barrel placement
    • Contaminated with non-acceptable items
    • Bagged yard trimmings
    • Oversized branches
    • Maricopa County compliance requirements
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If an unacceptable barrel practice is identified, the inspector will leave behind an educational reminder.  This reminder will provide helpful information as well as list any actions needed in order to service the barrel on the next collection day.  A special pickup is available for an additional fee by contacting Customer Service.



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Solid Waste Management Department

Customer Service
(480) 644-2221

Department Managers

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 1466
Mesa, AZ 85211

Walk-in service requests/payments:
55 N. Center St.
Mesa, AZ 85201

6935 E. Decatur St.
Mesa, AZ 85207

Office Hours:
7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Closed Fridays & holidays


Missed barrel notification

Damaged barrel notification

Barrel collection schedule

Barrel or service requests

All other service requests should be directed to Customer Service

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