Trash and Recycle

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Curbside Service

We provide single family homes with 90 gallon trash and recycle containers for weekly curbside collection. A second trash container is available for an additional fee. Avid recyclers can request additional recycle containers at no charge. Click to fill out a Service Request or call Customer Service at (480) 503-6400 to request additional containers.


Guidelines for Container Placement

Please place containers out for pick up:

No earlier than 6:00 PM the day prior to your pick up

No later than 5:00 AM the day of your pick up

Spaced at least 2 to 4 feet apart or on opposite sides of your driveway

5 feet from obstacles (signs, vehicles, etc.)

Place recycle containers out only when full

Pull containers back to your home no later than 6 AM the day after collection.


Please do not deposit these items in your black trash container:

  • Hot ashes or any item with a burning ember
  • Concrete, rocks, dirt, sand, or construction debris
  • Household hazardous waste such as batteries, oil, cleaning products, paint, and antifreeze. These items can be dropped off at our Household Hazardous Waste Facility.
  • Recyclable materials. Please place them into your blue recycle container.


It’s more important now than ever to recycle right. The implementation of curbside recycling programs has made it easy for residents to recycle. Over the years there has been an increase in the amount of unacceptable items placed into recycle containers. This contamination has resulted in stricter guidelines for materials to be accepted and sold.

In years past double digit contamination rates were considered the norm and did not affect commodity pricing in the recycling market. But did you know as of January 1, 2018 the acceptable levels of contamination dropped to an astonishing .5%? Towns and Cities are not excluded and are held to the .5% contamination rate by the facilities that accept recycle material. Processing fees are increased based on the rate of contamination, which means the dirtier the loads, the more the municipalities are paying.

Please help us “Make it Matter” when you recycle here in Gilbert. Learn what is acceptable in our curbside recycling program and don’t toss just anything into the container “hoping it will be recycled” 

Below are a few guidelines to help you become an environmental champion:

Materials should be relatively clean.  Lightly rinse food and beverage containers as food is not allowed. It’s ok to leave labels and lids on when recycling.

Discard packing materials. Remove Styrofoam, bubble wrap and liners from boxes and containers before recycling.

Do not bag recyclables. The only exception is shredded paper, which must be placed into a clear plastic bag.

Do not place plastic bags/wrap in the blue container.  Please take them to your nearest grocery store for recycling.

Place recycle containers out only when full.



Recycling Opportunities Outside The Container

Just because it can't go in your recycle container doesn't mean it has to end up in the landfill

 Gently used items can be donated to your favorite charity.

Major appliances such as washers or dryers, water heaters, refrigerators, air conditioners are collected and recycled through our Appliance Recycling Program.

Paint, chemicals, motor oil, electronics, batteries, etc. can all be brought to our Household Hazardous Waste Facility.

Plastic bags and film can be taken to your local grocery store.  

Unwanted  building materials can be donated to Stardust Building Supplies

Yard waste and kitchen scraps can be used in your compost containers at home. Gilbert residents can pick up a compost bin at no charge from our Household Hazardous Waste Facility. 

Rechargeable Lithium ion batteries are not accepted in your containers. These batteries are found in a large variety of electronics including cellphones, laptops, cordless phones, power tools and even children’s toys. During transport, or as a result of damage, these batteries have great potential to combust and cause harm. Please bring all batteries to our Household Hazardous Waste Facility for recycling. 



  • Take batteries to a nearby recycling facility. Gilbert Residents can bring all batteries to our Household Hazardous Waste Facility for recycling. 
    • Many retail stores also provide in-store battery recycling drop off including; Batteries Plus, Best Buy, Target, and Wal-Mart. Call ahead to insure the location you are visiting offers this service. 



Bag and tie all household garbage to reduce odors and fly breeding.

Trash must fit into the container with the lid closed at all times.

Yard debris can go into your trash container as long as the lid can still close.

Don’t forget to bag and tie grass and leaves.


Container Maintenance

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 If your trash or recycle container is cracked, broken or damaged it can be repaired free of charge by our container maintenance crew. Click to schedule a container repair.


 Maintaining the cleanliness of trash and recycle containers is the responsibility of the resident and is not a service provided by the Town.