Landfill & Recycling Sorting Facility Workshop
My blue recycle barrel has
just been serviced. Now what happens?
Have you ever wondered what happens to the material
you recycle in your blue barrel once it has been
serviced by a City of Mesa recycle truck?
Attend this free workshop and tour to find out!
10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Salt River Landfill
Advance registration is required.
Gilbert Road & Beeline Highway
What will be covered during this workshop and
Before material can be sent to a recycling plant, it must first be sorted
locally at a materials recovery facility (MRF). Residents attending
this workshop will have the opportunity to learn how the material is
separated at the MRF, which uses a combination of high tech machinery and
hand sorting. In addition, guests will learn about what goes into
operating a landfill of today and Mesa's recycling program. Staff will be
available to answer questions throughout the workshop.
* Depending on the volume of incoming recyclables that
week, the Materials Recovery Facility may or may not be
operating during the workshop. However, you will get to see the
equipment used in the sorting process.
Is there a minimum age requirement
to attend this workshop?
While there isn't a minimum age requirement, the workshop is
geared for older kids and adults. However, children 17 and
under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Is advance registration required?
Yes. Due to limited seating, advance registration is
Are tours available for large
groups during the year?
School groups, church organizations, scout troops,
profesional associations and any other large groups can request
a tour directly with the landfill throughout the year. For
more information, visit
Salt River Landfil tours.
What is the difference between a
recycling plant and a MRF?
The MRF is the first step in the recycling process. The
recyclables are sorted by individual commodity (paper, glass,
plastic, metal) at the MRF. Once the material has been
sorted and bundled, it is sent to a recycling plant where it is
recycled and made into new products.
If you have any questions about this workshop, please feel
Solid Waste Management Department
Mesa, AZ 85211
Walk-in service requests/payments:
55 N. Center St.
6935 E. Decatur St.
Mesa, AZ 85207
7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Fridays & holidays
Missed barrel notification
Barrel collection schedule
Barrel or service requests
All other service requests should be directed to
Charlie the Recycling Chimp school
Email us (General Questions)