Recycling

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Upcoming Comprehensive Sanitation Plan Workshops


The City of Coral Gables invites all residents to the upcoming Comprehensive Sanitation Plan Workshops taking place on Thursday, November 15 at 6 p.m. at the War Memorial Youth Center (405 University Drive) and Saturday, November 17 at 11 a.m. in the City Hall Courtyard (405 Biltmore Way). 

The City is seeking resident input on improving our current residential backyard collection services for 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.

The City values your input and wants to hear your thoughts on the current service and areas in which we can improve. For more information on the workshops, please call 305-460-5000.

Sanitation Community Workshop Display Boards

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

On Saturday November 18, the City celebrated America Recycles Day by holding a household hazardous waste collection event in the City Hall Parking Lot. The event was a huge success with over 600 attendees participating. The City was able to collect over 15,800 pounds of electronic waste, 18,900 pounds of household hazardous waste and shredded over 3,800 pounds of sensitive documents. Any electronic item that has a plug or takes batteries was accepted and one hundred percent of the e-waste is recycled and diverted from the landfill. In addition, in partnership with the Coral Gables Police Department, residents were able to shred any sensitive documents safely and securely on-site. Finally, residents were also able to drop off their household hazardous waste (ex: paint cans, pool chemicals, compact fluorescent light bulbs, cleaners, oils, batteries, and household pesticides) to be disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. Through the 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. The next Household Hazardous Waste collection event is scheduled for Saturday November 17, 2018 from 9am-12pm in the City Hall Parking Lot. The events are organized in partnership with the Coral Gables Sustainability Advisory Board, the City of Coral Gables, STS Electronic Recycling, and Clean Harbors. For more information on the events please visit www.coralgables.com/electronicrecycling   or 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 then to the Miami-Dade County Home Chemical Collection Centers at the following addresses:
  • West-Dade: 8831 NW 58th Street
  • South-Dade: 23707 SW 97th Ave

Additional Resources

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.