Blue Barrel Recycling for Businesses


City of Mesa commercial solid waste customers are eligible to participate in the City's Blue Barrel Recycling Program at no additional charge.  90-gallon blue recycle barrels are provided upon request and are serviced on a weekly basis.  Customers generating a large amount of cardboard material are encouraged to inquire about obtaining a large cardboard recycling bin which is available for a small monthly fee.


Items accepted in Mesa's Blue Barrel Program

Identical to our residential recycling program, the following items may be recycled in the 90-gallon container:


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  • Paper
    • Junk mail, paper bags, brochures, envelopes, paper ream wrappers,computer & writing paper
    • Magazines, catalogs, telephone books and newspapers (include inserts)
    • What about shredded paper?
  • Cardboard
    • Packing boxes (please remove packing material)

  • Paperboard
    • Milk, juice & ice cream cartons
    • Frozen dinner boxes
    • File folders, paper tablet backings, facial tissue boxes, soda boxes & other packaging containers

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  • Cups & containers #1 - #7
    • Plastic bottles, jugs and jars (milk, peanut butter, soda, water, mustard, shampoo, mouthwash, medicine, lotion, detergent, bleach,etc.)
    • Disposable plastic cups
    • Yogurt, cottage cheese, margarine & whipped topping containers
    •  "Clamshell" food containers (e.g.- produce, baked goods, etc.)
    • No Styrofoam, plastic bags or film

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  • Bottles & jars containing a food or beverage when purchased
    • Juice, soda, beer & wine bottles, etc.
    • Baby food, mayonnaise, pickle & jelly jars, etc.

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  • Metal cans containing a food or beverage when purchased
    • Soda & beer cans; aluminum foil products
    • Vegetable, soup, tuna, & pet food cans, etc.


How do I start a recycling program at my place of work?

  1. Determine who your trash provider is and contact them to determine what recycling options are available.  If you are located in a business complex and trash service is provided as part of your lease agreement, contact your property management office. 

City of Mesa Solid Waste Customers:

  1. City of Mesa solid waste customers should call (480) 644-6789 or send an email to discuss your recycling request.  A staff member will be happy to assist you in determining what will best meet your business needs.

  2. Determine if your company is going to purchase desk side recycling containers for everyone within your organization or if you will instead purchase central recycling bins for placement throughout the office.  Both of these types of containers can be purchased from janitorial, home improvement and office supply stores.

  3. Determine how the material will be transferred into the City of Mesa blue barrels and rolled out for collection on your designated service day.

  4. Promote the program to your co-workers and make sure they understand what can and can't be recycled.  City of Mesa staff is available to conduct on-site recycling presentations upon request.  You can also print our recycle flyer which lists all acceptable items.

  5. Generate enthusiasm for the program and know you are making a difference!





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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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