Gilbert launches expansion of recycling pilot program

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Residents of Gilbert are being asked to make changes to what they recycle. (Adobe Stock Image)

Residents of Gilbert are being asked to make changes to what they recycle. (Adobe Stock Image)

The town of Gilbert announced July 19 the start to the expansion of its recycling pilot program.

Gilbert is asking residents to only put four types of items into recycling bins for collection: plastic bottles, jugs and jars; metal food and beverage containers; paper; and flattened cardboard.

The original plan did not include paper, but the town has added it to the program so long as it is not soiled, shredded, metallic, waxed or tissue.

Cardboard cannot be greasy or stained, and any packing materials must be removed. Metal food and beverage containers are limited to tin, aluminum and steel.

The items included are the only ones considered to have value in the recycling market. The town’s goal is for compliance by September.


Notably excluded from recycling are glass and certain plastics.
By Tom Blodgett

Editor, Gilbert

Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent more than 30 years in journalism in Arizona and joined Community Impact Newspaper in July 2018 to launch the Gilbert edition. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he served as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication from 2005-19 and remains editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.



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