America Recycles Day (ARD) is a nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and buy recycled products. ARD is celebrated annually on Nov. 15. The city of Mesa supports this day by encouraging residents to think twice about what they throw into their trash containers. Mesa residents are also invited to visit mesarecycles.org through Nov. 15 to take the “Mesa Supports America Recycles Day” pledge and enter to win a set of miniature city of Mesa trash and recycle barrels.
“We invite Mesa residents to take the Mesa Supports America Recycles Day pledge to not only promise to recycle more, but also to recycle right,” said Mariano Reyes, Mesa marketing/communications specialist. “Placing non-acceptable items in Mesa’s blue recycle barrel can actually do more harm than good. Non-accepted items, such as plastic bags and clothing, become tangled in the machines and cause damage to the equipment used to sort the material.
“In addition, the vendor that processes the recyclables does impose substantial penalty fees on the city of Mesa for items that are not accepted,” Reyes added. “That’s why we encourage residents to visit mesarecycles.org or contact us with their recycling questions.”
Many items that are normally discarded in the trash can actually be recycled under Mesa’s Blue Barrel Program.
Accepted items in Mesa’s blue recycle barrel include:
- Plastic cups and containers No. 1-No. 7 (no plastic bags or foam products)
- Aluminum (food/beverage containers only)
- Metal cans (including empty aerosol cans)
- Cardboard and paperboard
- Glass (food/beverage containers only)
- Magazines and telephone books
- Milk and juice cartons
- Junk mail and office paper
Recycling is not only an environmentally friendly and responsible way to conserve Earth’s natural resources, but also financially benefits Mesa residents. A disposal fee is paid for every ton of material buried in the landfill but revenue is received for every ton of material recycled. These funds go into the city’s general fund, which helps support many quality of life services provided by Mesa Fire and Medical, Police, Library, and Parks Departments. Also, just as it is important to recycle, it is also important to only recycle items accepted in Mesa’s blue barrel program. Placing non-accepted items into the blue barrel, such as plastic bags and textiles, damages the equipment used to sort the material and causes the city to incur severe penalty fees by its vendors. A printable flier listing the most common non-accepted items can be downloaded by visiting mesarecycles.org.
To help make recycling even easier, in-home recycling containers are available at no charge to Mesa single family home residents at the Environmental Management and Sustainability Department, 730 N. Mesa Drive. These 28-quart containers, suitable for placement under the kitchen sink, will allow residents to conveniently sort their recyclables from their trash. When the container is full of acceptable recyclable material, residents then simply dump the contents into their large blue barrel.
In-home containers are available for pick up on a first come, first serve basis and are limited to one container per household. For more information, visit mesarecycles.org.