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Posted on: June 17, 2020

Drop-off recycling resumes in Surprise on July 7

drop-off recycling

Beginning Tuesday, July 7, the city of Surprise will resume drop-off recycling by allowing residents to bring acceptable materials to the city’s Public Works North Yard, 17274 N. Litchfield Road.

Surprise City Manager Michael Frazier made the announcement during the last night’s Regular City Council Meeting. 

Surprise residents can drop-off acceptable recycling materials on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 – 11 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m. Proof of residency will be required.

Acceptable materials are:

  • 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

All materials must be clean and dry.

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.

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.

This is the first step to resuming the city’s recycling program, which was temporarily suspended last August due to rising program operation costs and the decreasing value of recyclables.

Surprise continues to research cost-effective and sustainable solutions for processing curbside recycling.

More information, including frequently asked questions about the drop-off recycling program, can be found at

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