Recycling

Recycle Your Cardboard Boxes

It's time to reduce, reuse and recycle your cardboard boxes. Watch this video and learn what you need to do - and don't do - with your cardboard boxes.

Improving Our Sanitation Collection Services

In order to improve the City’s sanitation collection services, the City hosted two Comprehensive Sanitation Plan Workshops in November 2018 and February 2019 seeking resident input. The City is analyzing how to improve our current residential backyard collection services. This includes the household garbage and recycling, our bulk trash pile service, and "white goods" (refrigerators, washing machines, etc.) collection service.  Please note that we are not proposing to eliminate the current backyard collection services.

February Comprehensive Sanitation Plan Community Workshop Presentation (PDF)

For more information on the workshops, please call 305-460-5000.

Recycling Program Facts and Procedures:

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Recycling Program Flyer

  • Click Here to Locate Your Recycling Collection Day
    • Instructions to Use the Web tool: Please Type Your Address in the Search Bar on the Map or Click on the Area Surrounding Your Home.
  • Map of Recycling Routes and Collection Schedule
  • Collections are provided everyday but Christmas day
  • The present fee for solid waste services is $869 a year (effective October 1, 2016)

Instructions to Report a Missed Single Family Home Pickup

If you have a missed pick up, for quickest response, we recommend you use the Coral Gables Mobile Application or report online . If you do not have access to a computer, you may call (305) 460-5346.

Recycling Collection for Single Family Homes

Residents are issued a 14 gallon red container in which all recyclable items are collected once per week. To be assured of a pickup, residents must make material accessible to the collector prior to 7 a.m. on the scheduled collection day. All items must be placed INSIDE of the bin and boxes broken down to be collected. You may request as many bins as you need.

Waste Collection for Single Family Homes

The collection, disposal and recycling of trash for all single-family and duplex properties is handled by the Public Works Department, Sanitation Division of the city of Coral Gables.  You may call 305-460-5346 for any questions related to Single Family homes, such as collection times, missed pick-up concerns, special pick up scheduling or how to get trash pits filled.

How to Set Up a New Waste Account for a Single Family Home

To set up a new waste account please contact the Finance Department at 305-460-5301.

Waste Collection for Commercial and Multi-Family Properties, Including Duplexes

The collection, disposal and recycling of trash for commercial, and multi-family properties, including duplexes is provided by Waste Management of Dade County. You can reach Waste Management at 305-471-4444 for specific information regarding services to Commercial properties, apartments and condominiums.

Instructions to Report a Missed Single Family Home Pickup

If you have a missed pick up, for quickest response, we recommend you use the Coral Gables Mobile Application or report online. If you do not have access to a computer, you may call (305) 460-5346.

Electronics Recycling and Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events

Mark Your Calendars for the 2019 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events (Please Note: Dates and Times are subject to change)

  • Saturday May 4th, 2019 (9am-12pm) City Hall Parking Lot (405 Biltmore Way). Please note the event date change from the original date of April 27th. 

May 4 HHW Event Flyer

  • Saturday November 16th, 2019 (9am-12pm) City Hall Parking Lot (405 Biltmore Way)

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

On Saturday May 4th, please stop by the City Hall Parking Lot at 405 Biltmore Way from 9 am to 12 pm to recycle your old electronics, dispose of household hazardous waste in an environmentally friendly manner, and shred any sensitive documents safely and securely onsite. Any electronic item that has a plug or takes batteries is eligible to be recycled. Coral Gables residents can drop off their household hazardous waste (ex: paint cans, pool chemicals, compact fluorescent light bulbs, cleaners, oils, batteries, and household pesticides). Items such as medical waste, 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 5 standard sized boxes per vehicle. This is to allow all participants an opportunity to shred their sensitive documents. Residents are also encouraged to bring any large boxes or pieces of cardboard to the event and the City will ensure they get recycled properly. The process is quick and easy. All you have to do is pull up in your vehicle and staff will be on hand to help unload your items. Please be prepared to show proof of Coral Gables residency. As a result of the collection events over the last 2 years, the city has been able to collect over 80,000 pounds of electronic waste, 23,800 pounds of household hazardous waste and shredded over 5,000 pounds of sensitive documents. This event is being organized in partnership with the Coral Gables Sustainability Advisory Board, the City of Coral Gables Police and Public Works Departments, STS Electronic Recycling, and Clean Harbors. For more information on the event please call 305-460-5008.

Additional Resources

Recycling 101

On November 3, the City of Coral Gables Sustainability Advisory Board in partnership with Waste Management hosted a free Recycling 101 Seminar at the Coral Gables Museum (285 Aragon Avenue). Residents, businesses, and contractors all attended and were able to get all of their recycling questions answered straight from the experts, hear about what the City is doing to increase recycling, and learn more about can and can’t be recycled. Attendees also were able to see what happens to their recycling once it is taken away from their home or business.

Did you know the City Beautiful collects cardboard for recycling?

Residents are urged to recycle their cardboard rather than place in trash piles in the right of way. All cardboard, set out for recycling, must be placed inside your red bin with the rest of recyclables, or placed neatly next to it. The cardboard MUST be cut up or folded into manageable pieces for sanitation workers to remove. You may request additional red recycle bins for free by calling 305-460-5346.

What to do with your Household Hazardous Waste?

For household hazardous waste items (unbroken Compact Fluorescent light bulbs, paint cans, pesticides, pool chemicals, etc.) residents are encouraged to take items the Miami-Dade County Home Chemical Collection Centers at the following addresses:
  • West-Dade: 8831 NW 58th Street
  • South-Dade: 23707 SW 97th Ave

The hours of operations for both locations are Wednesday-Sunday from 9am-5pm. 

Please note: The City reccomends calling before going to ensure the collection centers are open and are currently accepting hazardous waste. 

Additional Resources

Coral Gables Recycling Program Flyer

Miami-Dade County Curbside Recycling Program

Miami-Dade County Waste Service Guide

Waste Management Recycle Right Recycle Often 

What to Do with Other Common Household Items

Electronics Light Bulbs
Coral Gables holds electronic recycling collection events throughout the year to collect e-waste (Laptops, CPU's TV, etc.) Please visit the electronic recycling page for dates of upcoming events Unbroken Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs are accepted at local stores such as Lowes and at the Miami-Dade Home chemical collection centers. Please check with your local store before visiting. 
Prescription Drugs Food Waste
Individuals can drop off their expired or unwanted prescription drugs at the Coral Gables Public Safety Building at 2801 Salzedo Street. Pharmaceuticals collected will be incinerated for safe destruction. Research Closed System Methods of Backyard Composting
Batteries Construction Debris
Laptop, Cellphone, Button and Rechargeable Batteries are accepted at local stores such as Best Buy, and at the Miami-Dade Home chemical collection centers . Please visit the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's website for a list of places to drop off construction debris

You can also visit Earth911 for a list of retailers that may accept other common household items.

Holiday Recycling Tips

Coral Gables reminds all of our residents which common holiday items can & cannot be recycled.

Recyclables

  • Calendars
  • Cardboard and paper boxes
  • Gift bags
  • Paper cards and envelopes
  • Catalogs and magazines
  • Tissue paper and gift wrap
  • Newspaper
  • Empty Glass Containers

Non-Recyclables

  • Styrofoam peanuts and packaging material
  • Ribbon and tinsel
  • Lights and wires
  • Plastic bags/Plastic films
  • Styrofoam and plastic cups
  • Ornaments

Additional Holiday Recycling Tips

  • Residents are encouraged to break down and flatten all cardboard boxes and place in the recycling bins. Additional bins are available for free upon request.
  • New! The City will be collecting and recycling Christmas trees starting right after Christmas. Stay tuned for program details (pick up schedule, etc.) Residents are encouraged to remove all tinsel, lights, & ornaments prior to putting trees out for pick-up.