Materials should be relatively clean. Quickly rinse containers, dump liquids/leftovers, and anything else left is fine; do not waste water to recycle!
Materials should be empty. Packing materials (Styrofoam, bubble wrap, plastic baggies, etc.) should be removed. However, lids and labels are okay!
Do not bag recyclables. The only exception is shredded paper, which must be in a clear plastic bag. For safety reasons, if workers at the Materials Recovery Facility can't see the contents, it will be discarded.
Do not contaminate the can with household and yard waste. Gilbert maintains a three strikes and you're out policy. If the blue can is found to be contaminated three times within one year, the Town inspectors may remove the can. Go to the, "Audits & "My can was tagged!" page for more information!
Do not recycle soft plastic in the blue can. At the Materials Recovery Facility, soft plastics get caught in the machinery and cause break downs in equipment. Please return them to the nearest Bag Central!
Soft plastics, mainly plastic bags, caught in a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) machine.
Replacing a Damaged or Broken Can
If a recycling or trash can is cracked or has a broken/missing lid or wheel, it can be replaced or repaired for free by Town of Gilbert staff. To schedule a can replacement or repair please call 480-503-6400.
Please note: can maintenance or repair does NOT include can cleaning as that is up to the household. A can will only be repaired or replaced for cracks or broken/missing parts, not for odor!
What Is and Is Not Accepted in the Blue Can
Outreach Events, Presentations, & Audits
The Town of Gilbert takes pride is its curbside recycle program!
Recycling Outreach & Education strives to make incorporating reduce, reuse, and recycle (RRR) behaviors into your lifestyle easy. They provide dynamic and interactive education to schools; offer school, business, and residential audits; and partner with the community to promote sustainability at events.
Don't have any ideas on how to reduce, reuse, and recycle? Come follow Recycling Outreach and Education on Pinterest! There are great boards for inspiration, holiday DIYs, teacher crafts, recycled art, and so much more. Follow us to start crafting today for a greener tomorrow!
Opportunities Outside the Can
Just because it can't go in the blue can program doesn't mean it has to end up in a landfill! Check out all of these great recycling and reusing opportunities for special items!
- Paint, chemicals, motor oil, electronics, batteries, etc.: Household Hazardous Waste
- Plastic Bags: local grocery/retailer store or Bag Central
- Clothing & toys donation options:
- The Salvation Army
- Upward Foundation
- Big Brothers Big Sisters
- Society of St. Vincent de Paul
- Deseret Industries
- Clothes washer or dryer, water heater, refrigerator, freezers, air conditioners: White Goods Pick-Up
- Unwanted household or commercial building materials: Stardust Building Supplies
- Give or get stuff for free: The Freecycle Network
- Yard Waste: Compost yard waste and kitchen scraps in a compost bin to make nutrient rich soil.
- Excess cardboard dumpsters:
- Gilbert Southeast Regional Library, 775 N. Greenfield Road
- West of Freestone Recreation Center, 1141 E. Guadalupe Road
- Household Hazardous Waste Facility, 2224 E. Queen Creek Road
Due to changes in our current recycling program, we are no longer able to accept carpeting at our South Area Service Center. Planet Recycling, with a convenient Mesa location, accepts residential carpet, pad, etc. For more information go to Planet Recycling.