Multi-Unit Recycling Program

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The City of Mesa offers a Multi-unit Recycling Program especially designed for residents living in multi-dwelling communities that have City of Mesa trash service. 

Available options:

  • Corrugated cardboard only bin
  • Commingled recycling bin
  • Community shared blue recycle barrels


How do I start a recycling program in my community?

  1. Determine who is your trash service provider.  The City of Mesa is only able to provide recycling services to City of Mesa trash customers.  If your community does not have City of Mesa trash service, your property management will need to contact your community's trash service provider to find out what recycling services they have available.
  2. Property management requests recycling containers.  Environmental Management & Sustainability staff are available to meet and discuss which program would work best.  If you would like to be contacted by a staff member regarding recycling options, please complete an online inquiry form.
  3. Determine location of containers.  Solid Waste will identify areas where containers can be safely serviced.  Blue barrels may need to be rolled out by property management staff to a designated collection point on a weekly basis for service.
  4. Distribute educational material to residents.  The City of Mesa will provide flyers to educate residents on what can be recycled and where the containers are located.

Property managers or residents who would like to obtain more information about the Multi-unit Recycling Program should call (480) 644-6789 or submit an online inquiry form.

Recyclable Items

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, soda, cracker and other similar types of boxes are made from paperboard material and unfortunately are no longer accepted.




  • Only these types of paper:
    • Mail and junk mail (postcards, inserts, promotional 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

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