Blue Barrel Recycling Program
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
Items accepted in Mesa's Blue Barrel Program
- Junk mail, paper bags, computer & writing paper
- Magazines, catalogs, telephone books and newspapers (include
- What about shredded paper?
- Packing boxes (please remove packing material)
- Milk, juice & ice cream cartons
- Frozen dinner boxes
- Soda boxes
- Facial tissue boxes, cereal, detergent, shoe boxes &
other packaging containers (please remove plastic liners;
they are not accepted in Mesa's recycling program)
- Cups & containers #1 - #7
- Plastic bottles, jugs and jars (milk, peanut butter,
soda, water, mustard, shampoo, mouthwash, medicine, lotion, detergent,
- Plastic bottle caps are accepted in Mesa's program
- Disposable plastic cups
- Yogurt, cottage cheese, margarine & whipped topping
- "Clamshell" food containers (e.g.- berry
- No Styrofoam, plastic bags
or plastic wrap
- 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
- 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.)
- Whipped cream & cooking spray cans
- Coffee cans
- Vegetable, soup, tuna, & pet food cans, etc.
Items not accepted in Mesa's Blue Barrel Program
- Air-conditioning filters
- Candy wrappers
- Clothes hangers, scrap metal, automotive parts
- Clothing, cloth or rags
- Dinnerware (glass or plastic)
- Dog food bags
- Fast food items (food, wrappers, or greasy bags)
- Gift wrap
- Greasy pizza boxes
- Inserts from paperboard boxes (plastic bags/trays)
- Light bulbs, ceramics or window glass
- Motor-oil containers
- Packing materials (styrofoam peanuts, bubble wrap)
- Paper towels, napkins, tissues or paper plates
- Plastic bags (any type)
- Potato chip bags
- Propane or oxygen tanks
- PVC piping
- Rubber bands or elastic products
- Styrofoam (including egg cartons)
- Wood or yard waste
||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.
What size of blue barrel do I
List of Recyclable Items Flyer
de Reciclables Aceptados (Spanish)
General Barrel Reminders
Why do City of Mesa employees
look inside our neighborhood barrels?
Solid Waste Management Department
Mesa, AZ 85211
Walk-in service requests/payments:
55 N. Center St.
6935 E. Decatur St.
Mesa, AZ 85207
7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Fridays & holidays
Missed barrel notification
Barrel collection schedule
Barrel or service requests
All other service requests should be directed to
Charlie the Recycling Chimp school
Email us (General Questions)