Drop off Recycling

Drop off recycling is available to Surprise residents at the Public Works North Yard located at 17274 N Litchfield Road.

Hours of Operation:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays
8-11 a.m. & 1-3 p.m.

The gate of the facility will be open to the public during the designated hours only. The gate will remain closed during non-operating hours to eliminate opportunities for illegal dumping or recycling contamination.

Acceptable materials – all materials must be clean and dry

  • Plastic bottles #1 & #2 (These may include: milk, soda, condiment, water, shampoo, detergent, etc.)
    • Lids must be screwed on the bottle or completely removed; if lids are removed, do not recycle the lids
  • Cardboard
  • Aluminum and tin cans

A city staff member will assist residents with sorting recyclable materials and help ensure that recyclables are not contaminated. To expedite the process, residents are encouraged to pre-sort recyclable materials before arriving at the recycling center.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Will the city continue to collect curbside bins?

Yes, the city will continue to service blue curbside bins. The contents will continue to be temporarily diverted to the landfill as the city researches economically and environmentally sustainable solutions to mitigate the impacts of recycling industry challenges.

Please continue to put only recyclable items into the blue bins, which include items that are not part of the new drop-off program such as paper, glass, and plastics 3-7.

What should I do with my recyclables if I am unable to go to the recycling center?

Please continue to put recyclable items into the blue bins, which include items that are not part of the new drop-off program such as paper, glass, and plastics 3-7.

The contents will continue to be temporarily diverted to the landfill as the city researches economically and environmentally sustainable solutions to mitigate the impacts of recycling industry challenges.

How do I transport items to the recycle drop-off center? Can I bag them? 

Yes, everything will be separated and sorted on site, so you may bring your recyclables in a bag. To expedite the process, residents are encouraged to pre-sort recyclable materials before arriving at the recycling center.

Sorting Categories:

  • Plastic bottles #1 & #2
  • Cardboard
  • Aluminum and tin cans

Any material that is not acceptable will be returned so you can take it back home and place it in either the black or blue container, depending on what material it is. Please remember to never put plastic bags in the blue bins.

Is the opening of the recycle drop-off center the reason our monthly rates are going up July 1, 2020? 

No, the rate increase that goes into effect July 1, 2020 was approved in February 2019 and is part of the city’s first significant rate increase in ten years. It was the result of a Utility Rate Study that created a five-year structured schedule to obtain the revenues required to operate utilities and maintain infrastructure while also considering asset replacement and emergency funding needs. Learn more

The City Council chose to spread the necessary increase over multiple years to reduce the impact on residents.