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

Recycling Guidelines 

Not everything is accepted in your blue recycling bin. The list below is helpful in determining if something is recyclable. We also have a handy Top 10 in the Bin flier that you can place on your fridge or recycle bin. Remember, all materials must be emptied of liquids and free of food scraps and grease before tossing them in the bin. Materials must also placed in the bin loosely, and not bagged. ​



Acceptable recyclables

Paper products
Sheets of paper, mail, newspaper, magazines


Hard plastic products
Jugs, bottles, jars, cups, to-go containers


Metal products
Food cans, aluminum beverage cans, party trays, aluminum foil


Cardboard products
Boxes (packaging and food boxes), paper towel/toilet paper tubes, milk/juice cartons


Glass products
Bottles, jars

Unacceptable recyclables

Thin paper products
Tissue paper, toilet paper, paper towels, napkins


Thin film plastics
Plastic kitchen bags, plastic shopping bags, thin film plastics, Styrofoam, candy wrappers, chip bags


Large metal items
Metal sheets, electronics, car parts, hoses, lights


Greasy cardboard food containers
Greasy pizza boxes, greasy to-go containers


Specialty glass items
Lightbulbs, ceramics, sheets of glass


Miscellaneous
Grass, yard waste, food waste, clothing, diapers


Top 10 in the Bin video

This video is also available in ​Spanish. ​​


Top 10 in the Bin flier

Here's a printable flyer, in English and Spanish, of the top 10 materials that should always be placed​ in your blue residential recycling container. ​

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Contact Us

Public Works Department
200 W. Washington St., 7th floor
Phoenix, AZ 85003
602-262-6251
pwserve@phoenix.gov  

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