Highly performing schools, lovely parks and homes, thoughtful urban planning, diverse culture, low property taxes, and a healthy job market make Phoenix’s southeastern suburbs a growing, thriving area that offers a high quality of life. We have young, beautiful cities that deserve careful maintenance by conscientious residents making efforts to reduce, reuse, and recycle. East Valley cities offer access to extensive recycling opportunities, far beyond just the blue or green bins we are all familiar with. Here are some tips to help shrink your carbon footprint and preserve our economy, forests, air quality, land values, and future. For specific, up-to-date recycling guidelines, visit your city or town’s official website.
Items for the recycle bin: Clean, flat cardboard, plastic containers made from plastic #1-7 with the exception of styrofoam, glass containers and jars, paper, newspaper, junk mail, bagged shredded paper, frozen food trays, aluminum cans, steel cans, yogurt/sour cream/butter tubs, empty aerosols like hairspray, deodorant, shaving cream, whipped cream, cardboard egg cartons.
Items NOT for the recycle bin (please use minimally or look for other places to recycle)**: Gift wrap, gift bags, tissue paper, pet food bags, milk and juice cartons, styrofoam (Tempe Recyclable Materials), grocery bags, greasy pizza boxes, paint cans, aerosols marked as hazardous, wire hangers.
Items for Drop Off at Hazardous/House Waste Facilities: Other items cannot be recycled in your own personal household bin, but may be dropped off to be recycled or properly disposed of at your city’s designated location: appliances, paint, automotive products like oil and antifreeze, household cleaners, pesticides, batteries, electronics, cooking oil, tires, scrap metal, and more.
Bulk trash pickups are available in most neighborhoods and can be used strategically to keep excess yard waste out of landfills. Your area may have separate pickups for household items and yard trimmings. Start taking advantage of all these resources to help preserve our economy, forests, air quality, land values, and future. For your convenience, here are locations for drop off locations for household items and hazardous waste. Please check city websites for open hours and resident documentation requirements.
Recycling Drop Off Locations
Chandler: Southwest corner of Queen Creek and McQueen
955 E. Queen Creek Road, Chandler, AZ 85286
Gilbert: Southwest corner of Greenfield and Queen Creek
2224 E. Queen Creek Road Gilbert, AZ 85297
Tempe: Northeast corner of University and Dorsey
1320 E. University Dr. Mesa, AZ 85203
Mesa (two locations):
2412 N. Center St. Mesa, AZ 85201
6935 E. Decatur St. Mesa, AZ 85207