Recycling Dos & Don'ts

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Your Green Recycling Container

Recyclables Should Be Clean, Dry and Empty

All materials placed in your green recycling container should be relatively clean (rinsed), dry (empty all liquid from bottles and cans) and empty of all packing materials.

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What to Recycle

  • greenbinPaper- Brown or white uncoated paper bags, office paper, newspapers, magazines, catalogs, and junk mail.
  • Glass- beverage and food bottles and jars (lightly rinse and remove lids before placing in recycling container)
  • Plastic – Beverage or food containers, household cleaning products, and plastic product packaging (lightly rinse and remove lids before placing in recycling container) 
  • Look for these symbols to ensure items are recyclable.

                     Recycle symbols

  • Metal- Steel, tin, and aluminum beverage or food cans and jar lids (rinse lightly)
  • Cardboard – Food boxes such as cereal, snack, and baking mix (remove liner before recycling) Moving, storage, packing and shipping boxes (remove any pillow packs or packing peanuts before recycling)
  • Paperboard- juice, milk, soy milk, cream, egg substitute, soup or broth and wine cartons (rinse lightly)

What NOT to Recycle

  • Plastic Bags, plastic wrap or rigid plastics such as buckets, toys and outdoor furniture should not be placed in in the curbside container. (do not place recyclables in plastic bags)
  • Construction Waste- rocks, sand, dirt, blocks, bricks, concrete, drywall
  • Hazardous Waste- paint, thinners, gas, oil, car batteries, tires (HHW)
  • Organic waste such as food, pet and yard waste should not be put into the recycling container.
  • Wrapping paper and tissue paper likely have a coating which prevents recycling.
  • Electronics- computers ( E-Waste Drop-off Site)**
  • Polystyrene, commonly called Styrofoam is not recyclable. Do not put beverage cups, food containers, or packing peanuts in the recycling container\
  • Paper towels, used paper plates, paper napkins, and disposable diapers are not recyclable.
  • Paper pet food bags most likely have a plastic barrier which prevents moisture but prevents them from being recycled.
  • Gently used clothing and other apparel items can be donated to local, nonprofit organizations or taken to a resale shop.
  • Pizza and other fast food boxes are likely contaminated with grease or other food debris preventing recycling

 

** Inspection of Recycling Container Contents**

Recycling centers can tell us which loads were contaminated with regular trash, so the City recycling inspectors will know in which neighborhoods to conduct inspections for excessive recycling contamination. Additionally, City inspectors will make periodic checks of recycling contents throughout the community. Residents with recycling contents contaminated with garbage will be issued a notice. Three notices will result in your recycling container being taken away, and you will be required to pay $6.26 per month over and above the regular monthly fee.  

 

 

Reusable clothes, toys, appliances and furniture can be taken to:

Goodwill Industries
211 N. Litchfield Rd.
Goodyear, AZ
623-932-1990  
Hope's Closet
415 N. Litchfield Rd.
Goodyear, AZ
623-925-0965  

 

Packing peanuts and popcorn can be taken to the following locations:

The UPS Store
14175 W Indian School Rd, #B4
Goodyear, AZ
623-935-9720

The UPS Store
500 N. Estrella Pkwy, #B4
Goodyear, AZ
623-925-4759


Goodwill Industries
211 N. Litchfield Rd.
Goodyear, AZ
623-932-1990  
Hope's Closet
415 N. Litchfield Rd.
Goodyear, AZ
623-925-0965  

Goodwill Industries
211 N. Litchfield Rd.
Goodyear, AZ
623-932-1990  
Hope's Closet
415 N. Litchfield Rd.
Goodyear, AZ
623-925-0965