Recycling Trivia


Did you know that...?


  • The medals that honored the winning athletes at the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver were the first in history to contain gold, silver and copper recovered from end-of-life electronics otherwise destined for the landfill.

  • If you recycle just two gallons of used oil, it can generate enough electricity to run an average household for almost 24 hours.

  • Americans throw away enough trash every minute to fill a house. At least 39.9% of the waste stream in the U.S. is paper.

  • Five recycled soda bottles make enough fiberfill for one ski jacket.

  • Every year, we make enough plastic film to shrink wrap Texas.

  • If you stacked the aluminum cans that people sent to the landfills, in just five weeks they would reach the Moon!

  • Mesa collected nearly 33,000 tons of recyclables from the Blue Barrel Program and more than 19,000 tons of green waste from the Green Barrel Program in FY 2010/2011.  However, Mesa residents still sent nearly 111,000 tons of trash to the landfill.


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Solid Waste Management Department

Customer Service
(480) 644-2221

Department Managers

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 1466
Mesa, AZ 85211

Walk-in service requests/payments:
55 N. Center St.
Mesa, AZ 85201

6935 E. Decatur St.
Mesa, AZ 85207

Office Hours:
7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Closed Fridays & holidays


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