Recycle Service

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We offer several recycling services and are available to meet with you to provide you with recommended options.

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.


Commingled Recycling Bin*


 Larger businesses may benefit from using this recycling service.  Similar in size to our metal trash bins, these containers offer ample capacity to hold your organization's recyclable items.  All items accepted in our blue recycle barrel are accepted in this container as well.

*Additional fees apply.


Cardboard Recycling Bin


If your business generates an ample amount of cardboard material, our "cardboard only" recycling bin is a great low-cost option to keep it out of the landfill.

*Additional fees apply.

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 submit an online inquiry form 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 [PDF] which lists all acceptable items.
  5. Generate enthusiasm for the program and know you are making a difference!

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