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Recycling Guidelines for the Blue Can

Green-Check-MarksmMaterials should be relatively clean. Quickly rinse containers, dump liquids/leftovers, and anything else left is fine; do not waste water to recycle!

Green-Check-MarksmMaterials should be empty. Packing materials (Styrofoam, bubble wrap, plastic baggies, etc.) should be removed. However, lids and labels are okay!

Green-Check-MarksmDo 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.

Green-Check-MarksmDo 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!

Green-Check-MarksmDo 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!


Bag-Clogged Machine  

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

Don't know what goes where? Check out this graphic of common items!  

Still don't know the answer to your question? Download the MyWaste app! It contains a personalized event/notification calendar, a "What goes where?" searachable database of materials, and real-time emergency notifications for weather-related delays.  MyWaste Icon 

Outreach Events, Presentations, & Audits

Recycle Education

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:
  • 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

 

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