Phoenix recycling pickup

Welcome to AZ Junk Removal, where we are wholeheartedly dedicated to providing our community in Phoenix with quick recycling pickups without tons of limitations. If it can be recycled, you can count on us to haul it to a local recycling facility. We recycle stuff like appliances, furniture, and even yard waste. 

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This page will breakdown the items we will pickup and haul off to be recycled as well as everything you need to know about recycling properly using your Blue Bin.

What We Recycle

We accept a wide range of items that are often hard to dispose of for many folks. These include televisions through scrap metal which tend to be bulky and difficult to move around if you don't have the right help or equipment.  Do you have a hot tub in your backyard you no longer need? Or how about an old structure taking up valuable space? Not only do we haul off old unwanted appliances, we also tear down and remove fixed structures with our demolition services and then, haul off scrap metal to the local recycling plants

Since we specialize in so many materials and items that can be recycled, the selection process is completed faster from our experience. You can be sure that we cover all of the basic materials including plastic, paper, Amazon boxes, and glass.

If it's leftover construction debris, old copper pipes, aluminum framing, or construction rubble, you can bet we can find a way to recycle it.  If you're unsure if it can be recycled, there's no need to worry as the list below gives you plenty of options of what we can remove and recycle:

  • Appliances
  • Electronics
  • Furniture
  • Carpeting & Flooring
  • Yard Waste
  • Construction Debris
  • Batteries
  • Old Clothing
  • Mattresses & Box Springs
  • Hot Tubs & Spas
  • Scrap Metal, Copper & Aluminum
  • Cardboard and Paper
  • Books and Magazines
  • Glass Bottles and Jars
  • Plastic Bags
  • Televisions
  • Building Materials
  • Kitchenware

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Call us today to learn about what we can remove and recycle and which services will work best for you.

After that, it's super simple to schedule a pickup you can feel good knowing is keeping Phoenix clean and beautiful.

How We Recycle

We understand the options that are important for our clients, which is why AZ Junk Removal is the most comprehensive and experienced professional junk removal service throughout Phoenix. Not only do we provide full-service junk removal services, we further offer DIY options that give you better control over what is being tossed away. Make no mistake, once we pick up and remove these items- this is where the real sustainability is observed and carried out.

And because we feature our services for residential and commercial properties, the overall scale of any recycling project is now more convenient for you. This also includes added services such as dumpster bin rentals which allow you to deposit anything you need to recycle at your leisure. Even if you've never rented a dumpster before, we can help you determine the right size quickly and provide delivery and pick-up times that work best with your schedule.

Yet when every recycling job is nearly completed, our job begins when the selection process starts on our end. You can rest assured that every item we remove is recycled ethically and responsibly. We keep close contact with several local recycling facilities which specialize in everything from basic recyclables to more complicated electronics or hard-to-dispose items.

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When searching for the very best recycling services anywhere in Phoenix, don't hesitate to contact AZ Junk Removal today. It's not just about our dedication to providing the most comprehensive recycling solution meant to reduce waste and pollution, it’s the options and services that come with our complete service packages. We recycle many items and materials from A to Z, making AZ Junk Removal your go-to recycling service.


There are many reasons why AZ Junk Removal is the best choice for any kind of recycling project, but the simplest reason may just surprise you. 

Comprehensive Recycling Solutions

Your home or property just isn’t cut out for storing items for the long haul since this level of personal space can be limited. As a comprehensive recycling solution provider, we have the capability and capacity to stage our recycling selections. Even if you didn’t have enough time to separate everything within a dumpster, after we pick it up, leave that selection to us. This way, everything that’s intended for recycling goes into the right pile at our facility.

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AZ Junk Removal VS. Phoenix Bulk Trash Pickup

If you’re not a big fan of the city’s bulk trash pickup services, you’re not alone. It’s very convenient for you and there are always limitations involved. AZ Junk Removal covers a full range of items and materials whereas the city isn’t covering all kinds of recyclables. This is where the convenience of calling on us to remove recyclables is fast and easy no matter what time of the year it is. 

Giving Back to the Community

By now you’ve heard that we’re a big believer in giving back to our community. Since we’ve been in business way back in 2001, it’s been our goal to help reduce the amount of waste that is produced all throughout the Phoenix area. Not only that, what we recycle is further recycled back into our communities through portions of donations that go to charities and organizations. This is why recycling with AZ Junk Removal helps make Phoenix a better place to live.

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Supporting Local Phoenix Initiatives

Our motto says it all when we mean to Keep AZ Beautiful. In addition to this initiative we intend to spread the word telling everyone: Don’t Trash Arizona. That’s how much we’re committed to supporting local recycling programs and initiatives all over Phoenix. It has become our mission statement to help educate our customers on the best ways to be more responsible for disposal and recycling methods.

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If you haven’t heard of Don’t Trash Arizona before, this is the premier organization that has dedicated its ongoing work to help move the state toward a zero-waste future. We're proud to donate a portion of our profits to them and are a charitable organization that can spread its message further through the goodwill of our clients who called on us to recycle responsibly. 

People Love Us...

We enjoy our work and it shows from the honest responses of so many happy customer reviews and comments. We have more  hundreds of positive reviews on Google Business that are letting others know how much AZ Junk Removal was a pleasure to work with. And though you might imagine that Junk Removal is a hard job, it’s refreshing to hear that our clients enjoyed the good nature and helpful crew in addition to fast and easy junk removal services.

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Perhaps your next recycling project comments will be the reason someone decides to choose us for their next big recycling cleanup project. And because we can recycle so much more than many other junk removal companies, this makes it easier for you in terms of pure convenience.  

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phoenix city blue bin truck pickup

"Phoenix is among the worst in the nation for recycling."

Our blue can recycle program is a revolutionary step to keeping Phoenix beautiful, but it's only as good as its people. We are constantly throwing items into our blue trash can that cause more harm than good.

We all have that big blue can sitting on our property, we look at it often, and hopefully, think about how we are helping to reduce waste.  But I bet you didn’t know that a lot of what you put in there actually makes things worse. Although it may seem like recycling items is common sense, most likely, you are putting in all the wrong things.

According to AZ Central, Phoenix’s waste-diversion rate is only about 20%. In comparison to other large US city we are on the bottom rung. The average American city rates around 34%, even Los Angeles has a better rate than us at 76%.

One thing we can do to help improve our rate and reach our city-wide goal of 40%, is to recycle the right things. Don’t get lazy and toss that one pizza box in there. It’s not worth it down the line.

The Problem with Phoenix's Blue Bin Recycling Program

The blue can recycling program isn't perfect. There's a lot of grey area and confusion when it comes to what can't be recycled. Because of this people throw out non-approved items into their blue can which winds up contaminating the entire load. So it's not that Phoenix is any more or less lazy than other major cities in the U.S., it's just a matter of educating people as to what needs to be recycled.

So What Can I Recycle in the Blue Bin?

The basics of what you should recycle are plastic bottles (caps on or off, it doesn’t matter),  empty soda or food cans, newspaper, junk mail, white paper, plastic jugs and jars, glass bottles and jars, and cardboards.

The list of things that can go the blue bin is actually just this short. If it is not on the list below don’t put it in there.

As a quick side note: when it comes to large items, like appliances, at AZ Junk Removal we specialize in rounding these up and hauling them off recycling facilities. We also pickup items that are not able to be recycled. As part of our everyday haul away services we sort recyclable items from junk and haul items that can be recycled to local recycling facilities.

Below is everything you need to know about how to properly use your Blue Bin when it comes to recycling here in the Valley of the Sun. 

What Items Can I Recycle in the Blue Bin?

The current cost increases for recycling bins that have been seen are an example of how it affects you. And now is the time to correct the past mistakes that have led to further cuts in local programs and services. But knowing the right kind of items that go into the Blue Bin and other sorting bins can help bring back these programs and help make them profitable again. Here is what is acceptable for recycling in Phoenix:

types of things to recycle

· Plastic

Bottles, jugs, and containers that are clean and washed off are the best recyclable items that are recommended.

· Paper

White paper, junk mail ads, newspaper that isn’t soiled with food of oil, or has little plastic windows on paper envelopes are best for this kind of paper recycling.

· Cardboard

Boxes and cardboard items that have the plastic tape removed are the best in this category. A little extra time to remove plastic tape greatly increases the recycling process for cardboard.

· Glass

Bottles and jars must be washed out and clean before these can be allowed for recycling.

· Aluminum

Cans, foil, and containers must be all clean so the process of melting these items down is easier. The least amount of contaminants on the aluminum make this sort of recycling cleaner and more effective.

· Metal

Cans and containers that have plastic linings in them will otherwise be melted away in the melting process but that doesn’t mean there should also be clean inside before they are sorted.

What Items Can NOT Be Recycled in Phoenix?

Fast food containers and cups that have a waxy liner are not allowed in the recycle bin. Or anything that has a plastic liner attached to the paper. This includes paper plates, drink boxes, box wine, and other kinds of paper containers that store long-term food supplies. It’s common to most of us that plastic bags aren’t good for recycling since they jam-up the shredding machines. For the same reason that bubble wrap, plastic packing or wrapping material, and plastic utensils are a bad idea too.

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And while pizza boxes sound like a good idea for recycling cardboard, the level of grease and oil contaminated the paper making it useless. It also presents a problem when these are shredded and jam-up machines because of the oil on the cardboard. These are sadly meant for the landfill and will degrade naturally over time. If these items are avoided going into the recycle bin, the amount of material that can be sold overseas can increase. But only if everyone works together in their cities to ensure this is a constant task.

Aside from the recent increase in COVID-19 cases throughout Phoenix, many more people are forced to be at home. That shouldn’t be a bigger problem if the number of items that are intended for recycling in Phoenix is properly sorted, cleaned, and put in the recycle bin. Some cities are announcing a free drop-off day at local recycle plants for those who wish to drop off their items. This is offered for those who have been affected by cut-backs and recycle service suspension. Be sure to contact your city hall for the latest updates on a recycling solution where you live.

What Can We Do to Improve Recycling in Phoenix?

Since recycling in Phoenix is up 20%, the current export to China is down to 3.3 million this fiscal year. This means that local governments are doing their best to educate everyone on new methods of proper recycling. Through the help of private and public partnerships, we can now learn about items that can be repurposed. Where items can be sold and resold under this concept, and create new jobs as a result.

It’s very likely many cities will have bi-weekly service with a price hike. Other cities haven’t fared as well with the suspension of recycling programs altogether. Then there are select cities that are offering free drop-off days for recyclables. It’s now in our hands to spread the word on how to throw away plastics, paper, and other green organics. We cannot wait any longer in our state for officials to solve this problem, as we also are to blame. As hard as it sounds to hear, the decrease in export sales to China is not by accident.

And as a result, jobs were lost and families were affected. With such large amounts of unusable items mixed into viable recyclables, it’s no wonder that these programs are shutting down. We need to rethink how we look at our trash and start making a difference before it gets out of control. We need to take broad steps in starting volunteer programs in our offices and in our communities.

· Serve

The impact of this new model will depend on each city and their ability to make this program easy-to-use for everyone. As we are all responsible for the increase of items that are meant for recycling, everyone needs to pitch in as a collaborative effort.

· Sort

Many cities are now offering information and education on what items are accepted and what is not. Since many local residents may not know what items can be recycled, the success of proper sorting needs to be a major priority.

· Save

Landfills are not easy to manage and are growing due to the increase in recycled items that end up in our landfill areas. Many cities are pushing their efforts to educate residents to reduce the amount of waste that may otherwise not end-up in the wrong place.

· Sell

The sustainable opportunity for items that can be recycled correctly is a matter of business growth. Chinese recycling companies have ceased buying recyclable material from Phoenix because it wasn’t worth their time or effort to sort out the amount of unacceptable material that was included. This has led to a drastic decrease in buying material that has hurt the Phoenix recycling budget. As a result, jobs were lost and programs are halting all across the State.

In conclusion

As every office has a manager, every club will have a leader too. We need to have more involvement with approaching leaders in our local communities to make our recycling program work! To make a change in how we recycle, our leaders need to make a difference in how they lead right now. We should start talking to every member in the chamber of commerce to the local Mason and Rotary Club members. Our Firemen and Police should know as well. We cannot afford to pay more for services that should have been effective from day one!

our Role in junk city removal az junk removalIf we stand up for our rights to keep our recycling programs running, we have to power to force our leaders into immediate action. They can organize larger volunteer groups that can create a city-wide dialog that everyone can understand. This should detail what goes into the recycle bin and what doesn’t. It’s a duty that we owe to ourselves and can create new jobs in the process. If we put pressure on our leaders now, we can avoid further price hikes and service cuts as well.

For more on DIY recycling efforts check out our favorite junk yards in Phoenix.

Cheat Sheet for Recycle and Non Recyclable Items for Phoenix, AZ

Approved Recyclable Items

  • All Plastic Bottles
  • Glass Bottles/Jars
  • Magazines/Paper/Newspaper
  • Cardboard/FoodBoxes - no boxes that have absorbed food
  • Aluminum/ Metal cans - no cans full of aerosol or product 
  • All Plastic Jugs
  • Recently Approved Recyclables ( Updated 11/23/20 )
  • Wet Strength Chipboard/Paperboard - includes 6-pack holders, frozen food boxes etc.
  • All Plastic Containers
  • Hard Plastics - including buckets
  •  Shredded Paper - only if it is placed in clear plastic bags 

Non Approved Recyclables

  • Paper
  • Photos
  • Books - including hardback, paperback or phonebooks
  • Blueprints
  • Receipts - heat sensitive type
  • Plastic
  • Plastic bags - take them to your grocery store instead
  • Metal
  • Paint 
  • Pesticides
  • Oven Cleaners
  • Aerosol cans which include product
  • Glass
  • Windows
  • Mirrors
  • Light Bulbs
  • Windshields
  • Ceramics
  • Treated/Tempered Glass
  • Glass Table Tops
  • Televisions

Additional Phoenix Recycle Resources


Blue Can Recycle Info:

Keep Phoenix Beautiful
200 West Washington Street, 16th Floor
Phoenix, AZ  85003
Main Phone: 602-262-4820
Fax: 602-534-3334


Print Quick PDF Blue Can Recycle Guide


Phoenix Recycle Appliance Pickup:

Public Works Customer Care
Phone: 602-262-7251
Email: pwserve@phoenix.gov.
Website: https://www.phoenix.gov/publicworks/residential-recycling

Picking up and recycling the following items: 

  • Refrigerators 
  • Washer/dryers
  • Water heaters
  • Freezers
  • Air conditioners
  • Exaporative coolers
  • Stoves
  • Dishwashers


What materials can be recycled in Phoenix?

Common recyclable materials in Phoenix include paper, cardboard, plastics, glass, aluminum and steel cans. Some facilities may also accept electronics, batteries, and certain types of household hazardous waste. Ask around to see what options you have.

How can I recycle my household waste in Phoenix?

Household waste can be recycled in Phoenix by using curbside collection services provided by the city, or by visiting one of the city's recycling centers. There are also various private companies that can also assist in recycling your waste depending on exactly what it is.

What is the schedule for curbside recycling pickup in Phoenix?

That depends on your neighborhood as each one is different. Just check out the city’s website and it’ll give you detailed information on when curbside recycling pickup is collected where you live.

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