Look What’s New:
We’re modernizing and simplifying recycling in Tucson. A new state of the art Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), opening this July, is letting us recycle a wider variety of material than ever before – especially plastics. Now we can handle all seven types of recyclable plastics.
The new MRF is a highly elaborate system of conveyers, advanced sensors, automated sorters, and skilled human sorters that separate glass (by color), aluminum, steel, all seven different types of plastics and different forms of paper and cardboard into single product types.
This makes recycling at home EVEN easier. There’s much less sorting and confusion about what can go into the Blue Barrel. There’s no more guilt at having to throw away the previously unaccepted plastics like butter tubs, yogurt containers and produce clamshells.
No more numbers or guessing. If it’s plastic, recycle it. But please no plastic bags or Styrofoam.
Recycle These Items
View or print the list of all the items you can put into your Blue Barrel.
Not sure if can go in your Blue Barrel? Use the handy tool at KnowWhereToThrow.com to find the best place for all your unwanted stuff.
Put all your recyclables in your Blue Barrel to be picked up the same day as your weekly garbage collection.
Neighborhood Recycling Centers
Drop-off any recyclables accepted in the Blue Barrel Recycling Program. Locations
Other Waste Reduction Programs
Brush & Bulky
Household Hazardous Waste
Christmas TreeCycle. Call 791-5000 or visit KnowWhereToThrow.com.
Guidelines for Blue Barrel Recycling
- No plastic grocery bags
- No garbage
- Please make sure materials are clean, empty and dry
- Set out your blue barrel for collection when it is more than half full to decrease fuel consumption and air pollution
- Have barrel at curb by 6 a.m. to ensure service
- Leave labels on containers
- Bottle and jar caps and lids can be recycled
- Lightly rinse food containers. Use water wisely - throw very dirty items into the garbage
- All recyclables go loose into the Blue Barrel, together - - no sorting! Please put them in individually, not inside a box or bag
- Do not flatten cans and bottles to ensure sorting equipment works properly
- Cut or flatten corrugated cardboard boxes to fit in container. Remove plastic wrapping and liners
- Shredded paper may be recycled in the Blue Barrel if it is secured in a clear plastic bag.
NOTE: This is the only time that plastic bags can go in the recycling container.
Thanks for saving resources, energy and landfill space by Doing More Blue.