Recycle Service

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

Recycling for Businesses

City of Mesa commercial solid waste customers are eligible to participate in the City's recycling program.  Depending on your specific needs, blue recycle barrels and metal bins are available and are serviced on a weekly basis.  Customers generating a large amount of cardboard material are encouraged to inquire about obtaining a large "cardboard only" recycling bin. 

Mesa's "NEW" Recycling Program

Only Recycle These Accepted Items



Beverage Bottles, Jugs and Cans

  • Empty, clean and dry (lids and labels do not need to be removed)
    • Water, soda and juice bottles
    • Beer and wine bottles
    • Aluminum soda cans
    • Milk jugs
  • Easy rule to remember - If the answer is "yes" to BOTH of the following questions, it is accepted. If the answer is "no" to either question, it is not accepted.
    • Is it a beverage?
    • Is it a bottle, jug or can?



Metal Food Cans

  • Empty, clean and dry (labels do not need to be removed)
    • Soup cans, vegetable cans, canned fruit cans, pet food cans, etc.





  • Corrugated cardboard only (has a wavy center layer)
  • Remove ALL packaging (plastic air pouches, Styrofoam, etc.)
  • Break down all boxes to maximize space in your barrel

NOTE: Cereal, tissue, cracker and other similar types of boxes are made from paperboard material and unfortunately are no longer accepted.



  • Only these types of paper:
    • Mail & junk mail (postcards, coupons, solicitation flyers, etc.)
    • Office paper (copy paper, envelopes, writing paper)
    • Magazines
    • Newspaper (including inserts)

NOTE: Due to the limitations of the sorting equipment used at the Materials Recovery Facility, shredded paper is no longer able to be accepted. 


All Other Items NOT Accepted

When In Doubt, Keep It Out.

Frequently Asked Questions


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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