Curbside Recycling


Recycling should be a part of everyone's daily routine as Tempeans work together to reduce waste and conserve natural resources. By recycling materials, the amount of refuse that is disposed of in landfills is reduced and waste materials are recycled into products with value. With Tempe's curbside commingled recycling program, residents are able to recycle various types of paper, glass, aluminum, cardboard, steel cans, and plastics. With information on setting up a simple backyard composting bin, you will even be able to recycle some of your yard waste (grass, leaves, brush).

Guidelines for Blue Recycling Containers

  • Place container in street with wheels against curb or in your driveway next to the sidewalk by 6 A.M. on your collection day
  • Don't block the sidewalk with the container
  • Place container at least 10 feet from parked vehicles or any fixed object
  • Remove the container from the curb by 8 P.M. on collection day and place container in the garage or behind fences 
  • Place only acceptable recyclable materials in container.
  • Do not bag your recyclable items
  • Click here to request an additional recycling container
Recycling Tips
  • Buy better quality products with a longer useful life. These products often have an extended warranty and can be repaired rather than simply being thrown away.
  • Buy larger sizes. A single larger size package generally creates less waste than multiple smaller size packages.
  • Buy "refill packs" whenever you can. Many manufacturers of household products are redesigning their packaging so that you will be able to buy small packages of concentrates to refill the larger, more durable containers used to store their products.
  • Don't send useful articles of clothing that your family has outgrown to the landfill. Do a little mending and contribute such articles to a local charity.
  • Have old household appliances repaired rather than send them to the landfill. If you are buying a new appliance, donate the old one, rather than throw it away.
  • Talk to your family so everyone understands the importance of recycling. Collecting items for recycling is a great way for the kids to "earn" their allowance and help the environment at the same time.
  • Plan your meals carefully so that you can help reduce the 11% of waste that comes from food waste.
  • If you work in an office that makes a lot of copies, suggest that everyone try to copy on both sides of the paper. This cuts your use of copy paper in half.
  • When did Tempe's curbside commingled recycling program get started? February 1993.
  • What is commingled recycling? It is simply placing all the recyclables together in your recycling container. Residents are not required to separate recyclables.
  • What materials can be recycled? Plastic, glass, aluminum, steel (tin) cans, cardboard, chipboard, paper, newspapers, and magazines. See a complete list here.
  • Can multifamily dwellings, apartments, etc. recycle? While the neighborhood drop-off points are still available, because of the space limitations common to most multifamily residences, a recycling system must be tailored to each individual complex.
  • What type of container is it? Our blue barrels are 90-gallon recycling containers. The containers are on wheels and are easily moved. They have hinged lids, are blue in color, are stenciled with the city of Tempe logo and they are also labeled "recycling only."
  • How does the recycling program work? Residents are asked to place their recyclable materials into their recycling container, and wheel it out to the curb on the assigned weekly collection day. All remaining garbage must be sealed in a plastic bag, as required by the Maricopa County Department of Environmental Management and city of Tempe Ordinances, to prevent fly breeding. This bagged garbage is to be placed in the regular refuse container, and will be picked up on the other weekly collection day.