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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The city of Phoenix offers a weekly recycling collection, that occurs on the same day as landfill container collection, but using different trucks to avoid contamination. Collected recyclables are brought to the city-owned Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) where they are sorted and processed for repurposing. The Zero Waste team handles all recycling education. 

Recycling Guidelines: Remember, all materials must be emptied of liquids and free of food scraps and grease before tossing them in the container. Plastic bags are not accepted in the recycle container. Materials must also be placed in the container loosely, and not bagged. 

Zero Waste Assistant

Use the recycle search bar determine how to recycle or dispose common household items. Use the search bar below to look for materials. Also, test your recycling knowledge and try our waste sorting game below!

Master list

Our new Master List has a lot of helpful recycling tips. 

Recycle Master List 

Master List (en Espanol)Top 10 in the Bin
Recycling Myths

Virtual tour of the r​​ecycling facility

Thanks to Top 10 in Bin partners:

3TV Keep America Beautiful EPA

Acceptable Recyclables

The following list represents the items that can be placed in your recycle container.

Paper products

Office paper, mail, newspaper, magazines and pamphlets, paper bags, food and beverage cartons (these often contain milk, juice, soup, cream, beans, water, or broth, etc.), phonebooks

Hard plastic products

Jugs, bottles, jars, cups, to-go containers

Please keep lids on

Metal products

Steel/tin food cans, aluminum beverage cans, party trays, aluminum foil

Cardboard products

Boxes, clean pizza boxes (no grease, if the bottom is greasy, then recycle just the top half), food packaging boxes

Glass products

Bottles, jars

Please remove all lids

REMEMBER: All materials must be emptied of liquids and free of food scraps and grease before tossing them in the container.

Unacceptable Items

The following list represents items that cannot be placed in your recycle container. Please note that although these items are not recyclable in your blue container, they may be recyclable elsewhere. 


All batteries: Vehicle batteries, rechargeable batteries, alkaline, lithium ion, nickel-cadmium, nickel-metal hydride batteries

Thin paper products

Tissue paper, toilet paper, paper towels, napkins

Soft plastics

All flexible and stretchable plastics: plastic kitchen bags, plastic shopping bags, thin film plastics, candy wrappers, chip bags, dog/cat food bags

Drop-off Locations

Large metal items

Metal sheets, electronics, car parts, hoses, lights, pots/pans

Greasy cardboard food containers

Greasy pizza boxes, greasy to-go containers

Specialty glass items

Light bulbs, ceramics, sheets of glass

Miscellaneous Plastic

Polystyrene (ex. StyrofoamTM),  plastic straws, plastic utensils


Grass, yard waste, food waste, clothing, diapers, garden hoses

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off
Medication Drop-off