- Do not place recycling outdoors until the night before your collection day.
- Keep recyclables clean, dry, and empty.
- Do not bag recyclable items—leave them loose in the recycling bins.
- Flatten or deconstruct cardboard boxes, and place them by your recycling bin. Do not place cardboard in your trash pit.
- In the event you have an excess amount of cardboard to discard, please call the Solid Waste Division and arrange a special pickup.
- When in doubt, leave it out!
Does the city provide recycling bins?
My recycling was not picked up; what can I do?
- Narrow neck plastic bottles and containers
- Plastics (including plastic water bottles, plastic food tubs and containers, medicine bottles, and milk containers)
- Pigmented plastics (shampoo bottles, detergent containers, clamshell containers, yogurt containers)
- Paper (magazines, newspapers, mail envelopes, including those with windows)
- Food and beverage glass (clear, green, and brown)
- Take caps off if they have a plastic or rubber layer
- Cardboard boxes (remember to break the box - labels and tape can stay)
- Cereal boxes
- Pizza boxes (only if they contain minimal grease and no food waste)
- Aluminum Cans
- Steel and tin cans (soup cans, dog/cat food cans, etc.)
- Aseptic containers (juice containers, orange juice cartons, milk cartons, etc.).
- Clean aluminum foil
- Wash bottles, cans, and containers before placing them in recycling bins
- Leave caps on containers except those that have plastic or rubber
- Remove food waste
- Batteries (recycle at one of the city’s drop-off locations)
- Plastic bags (use reusable bags. If not, return plastic bags to the merchant or throw them in the trash)
- Food waste
- Garden hoses
- Planter pots
- Christmas lights
- Pots, pans, trays
- Plastic chairs
- Extension cords
- Propane tanks (camping or grill tanks)
- Commercial or industrial glass (windows, mirrors, etc.)
- Don’t recycle household hazardous waste such as oil/gas containers, paint cans, or plastic bleach containers.
- For common household hazardous waste items, electronics, or clothing, please bring them to the city’s bi-annual recycling drive-thru event that typically takes place in April and November in the city hall parking lot.
- Unwanted or expired prescription drugs can be taken to the police and fire headquarters to be properly disposed of.
IF IN DOUBT, KEEP IT OUT!
- Alkaline (AAA, AA, C, D)
- Lithium & Lithium Ion
- Nickel Cadmium & Nickel Metal (Rechargeable Batteries)
- Silver Oxide & Silver Zinc
- Automotive and Large Batteries are NOT ACCEPTED
Battery Recycling Locations
- City Hall: 405 Biltmore Way, Main Entrance Area
- Police & Fire Headquarters: 2151 Salzedo Street, First Floor Lobby
- War Memorial Youth Center: 405 University Drive, Reception Area
- Public Works Department: 2800 SW 72nd Avenue, Main Entrance Area
- Development Services: 427 Biltmore Way, First Floor Lobby
For more information on the Battery Recycling Program please call 305-460-5008 or 305-569-1835
Upcoming Dates at City Hall Parking Lot (405 Biltmore Way)
- Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023 from 9 a.m. to noon
Drop off your old 14-gallon recycling bins, recycle your old electronics and large cardboard boxes, dispose of your household hazardous waste, shred your sensitive documents, and donate your lightly/gently used clothing.
Items such as medical waste, styrofoam, ammunition, and tires will not be accepted at this event. Please note that due to the expected volume, attendees are limited to shredding up to five standard-sized office boxes (15"x12"x10") or one 13-gallon garbage bag per vehicle.
Please be prepared to show proof of Coral Gables residency. Over the last 8 years, the city has collected and diverted nearely 440,000 pounds of electronic and hazardous waste, clothing and paper from entering the landfills.
How to dispose outside of drive-thru event?
Outside of the event, for household hazardous waste items (electronics, unbroken CFL light bulbs, paint cans, pesticides, propane tanks, pool chemicals, etc.), residents are encouraged to take items to the Miami-Dade County Home Chemical Collection Centers at the following addresses:
The hours of operations for both locations are Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m to 5 p.m.