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Keep Coral Gables Beautiful

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

Keep Coral Gables Beautiful Mission Statement:

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.

Executive Director(s) Contact Information:

  • Name: Solanch Lopez & Matthew Anderson
  • Office Address: 405 Biltmore Way, Suite 100, Coral Gables, FL 33134. Phone: (305) 569-1835 | (305) 460-5008
  • Email:

Keep Coral Gables Beautiful Affiliate Report [PDF]

Coral Gables Resolution Signed 2019-222 [PDF]


Conservation Event Series

Keep Coral Gables Beautiful and the Community Recreation Department invite you to take part in a series of monthly events focusing on conservation. This event series will begin in September 2021 and run through January 2022. Check back for more information on upcoming events!

Film poster for 100 Yards of Hope documentary featuring a scuba diver.

Keep Coral Gables Beautiful invites you to a screening of the documentary film "100 Yards of Hope" on Wednesday, October 20 at 7 pm in the Coral Gables Art Cinema. Join us after the screening for a panel discussion about the film with Jim Ritterhoff, Executive Director/Co-Founder, FORCE BLUE; Steve “Gonzo” Gonzalez, US Navy SEAL (SOCM) (RET), FORCE BLUE Special Projects and Events Coordinator; Dr. Diego Lirman, Associate Professor of Marine Biology and Ecology, University of Miami Rosenstiel School; and Andy Dehart, VP of Animal Husbandry and Conservation, Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science.

A year-and-a-half in the making, through two Florida Super Bowls and with the world’s largest entertainment platform as its backdrop, 100 Yards of Hope is the story of how an eclectic group of marine scientists and Special Operations veterans came together as a team. And how, in their fight to preserve and restore Florida’s Coral Reef, that team built a symbol for the world. Begun on a June afternoon in 2019 with the symbolic out-planting of 100 corals to celebrate the NFL’s 100th season, 100 Yards of Hope grew to become an 18-month journey of caring and cooperation — a mission that would unite two Florida cities and forge unlikely bonds between scientists and environmentalists, military veterans, state and federal policymakers and some of the world’s largest corporations and brands — all in the name of preserving and restoring a national treasure. This 40-minute filmed documentary is the story of that mission — and the story of how, in one football-field-sized corner of South Florida, hope found a way, not just to survive, but to thrive.

This screening is presented in partnership with Force Blue, the Coral Gables Art Cinema, and the City of Coral Gables Sustainability Advisory Board.

For more information on the film and to purchase tickets please visit

Recycling Drive-Thru

Keep Coral Gables Beautiful will host a Recycling Drive-Thru Event on Saturday, Nov. 6 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the parking lot behind City Hall. Residents can bring old electronics and large cardboard boxes for recycling, dispose of household hazardous waste and bring documents for shredding.  A new addition to this event, you can now drop off your "lightly/gently used" clothing (men's, women's, and children's) which will be donated to Camillus House. 

Electronic items with a plug or batteries are eligible to be recycled. Coral Gables residents can drop off household hazardous waste items such as paint cans, pool chemicals, oils, batteries, and household pesticides. Proof of residency in Coral Gables is required. 

Over the past six years, these bi-annual collection events have diverted more than 290,000 pounds of electronic and household hazardous waste and paper from entering landfills. This event is organized through Keep Coral Gables Beautiful and in partnership with the Coral Gables Sustainability Advisory Board and the City of Coral Gables Police and Public Works Departments.

 Please note: Items will not be accepted before 9 am or after 12 pm on the day of the event.

Just a few reminders for the event: 

  • All participants must enter the event through the Coral Way entrance to the City Hall Parking Lot.
  • The event will open promptly at 9 am and close at noon. 
  • Please be prepared to show your ID.
  • For clothing please bring:
    • Gently/lightly used clothing (no undergarments) 
    • Accepting men's, women's, and kid's clothing including suits, ties, shoes, socks, etc.
  • Medical waste will not be accepted. Any expired or unwanted prescription drugs can be taken to our drop-off location on the first floor of the police station located at 2151 Salzedo Street.
  • For paper shredding, a maximum of 5 standard-sized boxes per vehicle will be accepted to ensure all attendees have an opportunity to participate. 
  • Attendees are encouraged to bring any large cardboard boxes to the event to be recycled.

  Materials Not Accepted:

  1. Biological/Infectious Waste (i.e., sharps)
  2. Radioactive Materials
  3. Styrofoam
  4. Unknowns
  5. Tires
  6. Appliances
  7. Non-Propane Cylinders
  8. Fire Extinguishers
  9. Smoke Detectors
  10. Fireworks/Explosives/Ammunition
  11. Reactive Materials Requiring Stabilization
  12. DEA Regulated Substances

For more information visit or call 305-460-5008.

News & Updates

Battery disposal receptacle that is a tall transparent tube with a small opening at the top. The batteries are visible inside and nearing the full line.

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 is ending up in landfills and building a more resilient and sustainable City Beautiful. For more information on accepted batteries please visit

Battery recycling bins have been placed in the following locations: 

  1. City Hall: 405 Biltmore Way: Main Entrance Area  
  2. Police & Fire Headquarters: 2151 Salzedo Street: First Floor Lobby 
  3. War Memorial Youth Center: 405 University Drive: Reception Area  
  4. Public Works Department: 2800 SW 72nd Avenue: Main Entrance Area 

Keep America Beautiful 2020 National Litter Study 


The results are in on litter in America. Keep America Beautiful has released data from their 2020 national litter study providing a valid, national estimate of litter along waterways and roadways in the U.S. The study shows that there has been a 54% reduction in roadside litter.  While this is promising, there is still work to be done. Help keep our roads litter-free by participating in FDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway program. If you or your organization would like to become involved in Florida’s Adopt-A-Highway program, please call 1-800-BAN-LITT(er) / 1-800-226-5488 or visit 

Additional key findings include: 

  • Of the 50 billion pieces of litter, 24 billion are along roadways and 26 billion are along waterways. 
  • An estimated 207 million PPE items were littered on U.S. roadways and waterways through early fall 2020. 

 Read more about the KAB 2020 Litter Study

PPE Litter Public Service Announcement

Past Events

Downtown Community Cleanup

Keep Coral Gables Beautiful together with the Chamber of Commerce, BID, and 45 volunteers took to the streets of our downtown to clean up litter and #KeepourCityBeautiful. In a little over an hour, volunteers collected a total of 161 pounds of litter! 

Parks Pollinator Palooza

Thank you to the over 30 families that joined us this past Saturday at the Parks Pollinator Palooza. Families participated in a talk by Dr. Jaeson Clayborn on “Butterfly Gardening and Imagination” and helped plant several flowers in the War Memorial Youth Center Butterfly Garden. A big thank you to the Coral Gables Garden Club for their partnership in this event.  

Mayor, Commissioners, Garden Club and other representatives cutting the ribbon in front of Youth Center.Several families planting flowers at the Youth Center.

International Coastal Cleanup 2021

Approximately 150 people participated in Keep Coral Gables Beautiful International Coastal Cleanup Day. Volunteers collected more than 550 pounds of litter from four sites. An additional cleanup effort took place at Matheson Hammock park where volunteers collected more than 450 pounds of litter bringing the total collected within the City of Coral Gables to more than 1,000 pounds. Thank you for helping to #KeepCoralGablesBeautiful.

Group picture of eight volunteers standing in front of a pile of garbage bags collected during the event.