Residential Recycling Program

Residential RecyclingGreen Recycling Bins
Because the City of Mesquite is committed to developing sustainability practices that support environmental stewardship and waste reduction, all residents are encouraged to recycle. Green 18-gallon recycling bins are available to Mesquite residents on a request basis to provide more citizens in Mesquite an opportunity to recycle.

Green recycling bins are being provided at no charge for residents who prefer a cheaper option to recycle rather than having to purchase blue recycling bags. To request a green recycling bin, contact us at 972-216-6972, or request one online.

Blue recycling bags may be purchased at the City Cashier located at 757 North Galloway. 

Using Your Bins
Please place your bin(s) or blue bag next to where you normally set your trash. To determine which days your trash and recycling will be picked up, please refer to the Lookup Garbage and Recycling Days section on the city website.

There is no need to separate items. All recyclables may be placed together in the same bin or blue bag. It is not necessary to rinse or remove labels from jars or cans. However, please remove all liquid from containers to prevent contamination.

Glass may not be placed in a blue bag, only in a recycling bin. On rainy days, please protect your bin from getting wet or simply save it for the next collection day.

Please Note: The "new" 18 gallon recycling bins are the property of the City of Mesquite. If you move, please leave your bin for the next resident.
Recycling Tips
  • Check plastic items for the Triangle Codes
  • Crush cans and plastic bottles to save space
  • Lightly rinse jars and cans and remove the lids (there is no need to remove labels)
  • Place paper and lighter items on the bottom of the bin to prevent littering

Acceptable Items

Please place in bin or blue bag:
  • Aluminum Cans
  • Cardboard (flatten and place in or under bin)
  • Chipboard (such as cereal and cracker boxes)
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Newspapers, magazines, junk mail, phone books
  • Plastic containers
  • Refrigerated or shelf-stable cartons (milk, juice, soup, wine, etc.)
  • Steel and tin cans (rinse, leave labels)

Not Accepted

Do NOT recycle these items:
  • Aluminum foil / pie plates
  • Batteries
  • Food-contaminated containers (such as pizza boxes)
  • Light bulbs, windows and mirrors
  • Medical waste
  • Metal / plastic coat hangers
  • Paper towels or tissue
  • Pesticides / chemical containers
  • Plastic bags (please return to grocery store)
  • Shredded paper
  • Styrofoam
Multi-Family Recycling
Mesquite residents living in apartments may drop off recyclables at the city's Convenience Center located at 3550 Lawson Rd. The hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed: Wednesday, Sunday and all holidays.