Keep Coral Gables Beautiful

Upcoming Events

Break the box flyer

Break the Box Cardboard Recycling

Starting Friday, Nov. 25, the City of Coral Gables will offer recycling for oversized cardboard boxes at the War Memorial Youth Center. The drop-off location is 405 University Drive on the northeast corner of Riviera Drive and Segovia St. Available until Friday, Jan. 13, 2023.


Baby owl perched on a wildlife expert's finger

Critter Talk: A Conservation Conversation

Join Keep Coral Gables Beautiful and Pelican Harbor on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. for a conservation conversation! Families will learn about the history of the Seabird Station, the diversity of the species treated there, and common injuries. Most importantly, learn how you can make a difference in protecting wildlife. This live presentation will feature some of Pelican Harbor’s ambassador animals. The meet and learn event will take place in the Youth Room at the War Memorial Youth Center. Register today!

Reverse Vending Machine (RVM) Rewards Incentive Program

The city and Cycle are teaming up to reward Coral Gables residents and visitors for recycling their empty aluminum and plastic containers at the War Memorial Youth Center. The official program's launch took place on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. This program is made possible through the Florida Beverage Association Community Grant.

How it works:

  1. Recycle your plastic bottles or aluminum cans at the RVM machine located at the War Memorial Youth Center, 405 University Drive.
  2. Scan the QR code that appears onscreen at the end of your recycling transaction to enter the monthly contest and check the leaderboard.
  3. At the end of each month, the top 10 of total recyclers will receive a reward from a local Coral Gables business partner. The leaderboard will reset at the beginning of each month. Official rules and conditions [PDF]

Businesses

Participate in local sustainability initiatives while driving foot traffic to your storefront! Learn more about this program and the location's market demographic [PDF]. Contact kcgb@coralgables.com for more details on how you can become a retail partner and reward your customers through this incentive program.

Student placing bottle in Cycle machine

Keep Coral Gables Beautiful Information

Keep Coral Gables Beautiful is a local affiliate of the Keep America Beautiful and Keep Florida Beautiful organizations. 

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Business/Group Cleanups

Whether you are a business looking for team-building opportunities or a group of friends wanting to give back to the community, we will help you coordinate a cleanup event. Complete and submit the KCGB Business/Group Event Request Form to get started.

To promote environmental sustainability and educate the community to take action every day to reduce litter from our open spaces & waterways, improve recycling efforts, and keep our City Beautiful.

Solanch Lopez and Matthew Anderson

Office Address: 405 Biltmore Way, Suite 100, Coral Gables, FL 33134.

Phone: 305-569-1835 | 305-460-5008

Email: KCGB@coralgables.com

Programs and Past Events

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Battery Recycling Program

Battery recycling bin full of batteries

Keep Coral Gables Beautiful has launched a new year-round Battery Recycling Pilot Program. This program aligns with the city’s goal of reducing waste that ends up in landfills and building a more resilient and sustainable City Beautiful. Since its launch in July 2021, over 1,000 pounds of batteries have been collected and recycled. Learn more about accepted batteries.

Battery recycling bins have been placed in the following locations:

  • NEW! Development Services Center: 427 Biltmore Way
  • City Hall: 405 Biltmore Way
  • Police and Fire Headquarters: 2151 Salzedo St.
  • War Memorial Youth Center: 405 University Drive
  • Public Works Department: 2800 SW 72nd Ave.

Air Potato Patrol

Air potatoes in South Florida are an invasive and noxious weed. To remove, pull them out from the bulb and detach from the vine. Place them in a plastic bag as they can continue to grow if left on the ground. How to spot and remove air potatoes.

Commissioner Anderson's Removal Campaign 

In an effort to build awareness, Commissioner Anderson is giving out a $10 dollar Books & Books gift card for anyone that  brings in one pound of air potatoes. You can bring them to City Hall to her office or at a city event. Events the Air Potato Patrol will be attending will be posted here. 

Downtown Community Cleanup - Spring Cleaning Edition

Downtown Community Cleanup - Spring Cleaning Edition

To celebrate the Great American Cleanup season, Keep Coral Gables Beautiful held a Downtown Community Cleanup on May 23. Thirty-four volunteers collected more than 280 pounds of litter from the downtown area, setting a new record. Three teams and two individual participants won more than $800 in prizes for the Most Pounds Collected. A special thank you to the city’s partners at the Chamber of Commerce, the Business Improvement District, Clutch Burger, Forte by Chef Adrianne, and Baptist Health South Florida.

May Downtown Cleanup Group Pic

Dual North America - Global Giving Week

Dual North America - Global Giving Week

Companies are encouraged to participate in organizing community cleanups in partnership with Keep Coral Gables Beautiful. Recently, Dual North America took to Old Cutler Road as part of their Global Giving Week. The Dual team collected 50 pounds of litter in one hour helping to keep our City clean and beautiful.

Dual Team on Old Cutler

Environmental Film Screening & Panel Discussion

Environmental Film Screening & Panel Discussion

In celebration of Earth Month in Coral Gables, KCGB hosted a screening of “The Biggest Little Farm” on April 5 at the Coral Gables Art Cinema. This documentary is a breathtaking chronicle of one family’s dream to harvest in harmony with nature.

Following the movie, a panel discussion on sustainability was held as part of the national Science on Screen initiative. The panel was moderated by Commissioner Rhonda Anderson with panelist Matthew Anderson – City of Coral Gables Resiliency and Sustainability Manager, Teddy Lhoutellier – University of Miami Sustainability Director, and Irela Bague – Miami Dade County Chief Bay Officer.

The screening of this film was sponsored by Commissioner Rhonda Anderson and coordinated through Keep Coral Gables Beautiful and the Coral Gables Sustainability Advisory Board.

*An initiative of the COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE, with major support from the ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION.

Biggest Little Farm Panel

Plogging at Matheson 2022

Plogging at Matheson 2022

Keep Coral Gables Beautiful wants to thank everyone that participated in the Great American Cleanup season kick-off event, 'Plogging at Matheson' on April 2, 2022. Participants collected a total of 100 pounds of waste, all while enjoying the spring weather and helping the environment.

Plogging at Matheson 2022

Park Pollinator Palooza

Park Pollinator Palooza

Thank you to all the families that came out on Sept. 10 to the Coral Gables Golf and Country Club for Keep Coral Gables Beautiful’s Park Pollinator Palooza. Around 100 pollinator flowers were planted by 64 participants. Families also learned about the available Club memberships. This pollinator patch on the corner of Alhambra Circle and Granada Blvd. is the first phase of a larger pollinator garden planned for the site.

Children and families gardening