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 Customer Service.


Items accepted in Mesa's Blue Barrel Program


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  • Paper
    • Junk mail, paper bags, 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 (including juice boxes)
    • 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)
    • Paper cups

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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.)
      • Plastic bottle caps are accepted in Mesa's program
      • Disposable plastic cups
      • Yogurt, cottage cheese, margarine & whipped topping containers
      •  "Clamshell" food containers (e.g.- berry containers, baked goods, etc.)
      • 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 the material.

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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 (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
  • Batteries
  • Candy wrappers
  • Clothes hangers, scrap metal, automotive parts
  • Clothing, cloth or rags
  • Diapers
  • 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)
  • Juice pouches
  • 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)
  • Water filter cartridges
  • Wood or yard waste

Picture of girl recycling 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 have?

  • 60-gallon size: 40"h x 27"w x 28"d

  • 90-gallon size: 45"h x 28"w x 34"d


List of Recyclable Items Flyer (English)

Lista de Reciclables Aceptados (Spanish)

General Barrel Reminders

Why do City of Mesa employees look inside our neighborhood barrels?


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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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