Program Guidelines

City residents can place everything together loose in the green recycling cart, including mixed paper, newspapers, magazines, cut up cardboard, junk mail, and other recyclable papers along with commingled items - metal food/beverage cans, all plastic bottles and tubs, and glass bottles. All recyclables must be placed inside the green recycling cart. 

To ensure that recyclables are picked up, the recycling cart must be placed at the end of your driveway or alley within two feet of the street or alley and at least three (3) feet from any object (tree, car, or other cart) by 7:00 a.m. on your recycling collection day. GFL Environmental will take the recyclables to a sorting facility to sort paper and other items, process them, and transport them to an end market. Those markets turn the recyclables into other products that residents and everyone else can buy. The City of Glendale receives a portion of the revenue from GFL Environmental from the sale of recyclables. Please recycle as this reduces City costs. 

A friendly reminder for residents to please break down any cardboard boxes that are placed in each individual recycling cart. All cardboard needs to easily fit inside the recycling cart in order for the drivers to fully empty the carts during pick-up. Your assistance is greatly appreciated!

What's Recyclable?

GFL Environmental Service currently accepts plastic types 1 through 7. In order to determine the number on your plastic container, turn the product over and look for the recycling symbol, a triangle with a number from 1 to 7 inside. That number is the Resin Identification Code, or RIC. Each number represents a different type of plastic. 

Products labeled Code 1 and Code 2 typically include milk, soft drink and soda bottles; plastics from cereal boxes; containers for salad dressing, vegetable oil, and peanut butter; oven-ready meal trays; butter and margarine tubs; and containers for laundry detergent and some household cleaners. Products labeled with Code 4 and Code 5 typically include squeezable bottles, bread wrappers, frozen food bags, dry cleaning bags, yogurt containers, syrup bottles, ketchup bottles, some straws, and prescription bottles.

Products labeled with Code 3, 6, or 7 typically include window cleaner and dish-washing detergent bottles, some shampoo bottles, cooking oil bottles, clear food packaging, plastics used in most blister packs, disposable coffee cups, polystyrene, plastic egg cartons, aspirin bottles, and compact disc cases. 

Code 6 is accepted only in the clear form, not the foam. Therefore, Styrofoam in not accepted at this time. 

As a reminder, don't recycle it until it's clean!

Unacceptable Items: 

  • Auto/Mirror or tinted glass
  • Carbon paper
  • Carpeting
  • Batteries
  • Hazardous waste (contact MMSD)
  • Disposable diapers
  • Light bulbs
  • Metal or steel objects (nails, hangers)
  • Pizza Boxes
  • Wax coated products
  • Rubber material
  • Paper towels, napkins or facial tissue