Mark Your Calendars for the 2020 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events (Please Note: Dates & Times are subject to change)
The April 18th Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event has been postponed in an abundance of caution due to COVID-19. A new event date will be selected in the near future)
Saturday November 14, 2020 (9am-12pm) in the City Hall Parking Lot (405 Biltmore Way)
Recycle Your Old Electronics and Large Cardboard boxes, Dispose of your Household Hazardous Waste and Shred Your Sensitive Documents
During the City's Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events, 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 3 years, the city has been able to collect over 182,000 pounds of electronic waste and household hazardous waste and shredded over 25,000 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. For more information on the event please call 305-460-5008.
Please note: Items will not be accepted before 9 am or after 12 pm 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 9am and close at 12pm. We will not be able to accept any items before 9am or after 12pm.
• Please be prepared to show your ID.
• For electronics, anything with a plug or that takes batteries will be accepted.
• Household Hazardous Waste items that will not be accepted include medical waste (you can take any expired or unwanted prescription drugs to our drop-off location on the first floor of the police station located at 2801 Salzedo Street), fire extinguishers, ammunition, tires, etc. Other additional unacceptable items are listed below.
• 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.
Common unacceptable materials may include:
Do You Have Items that You Need to Dispose in Between the Hazardous Waste Collection Events in April and November?
For household hazardous waste items (unbroken CFL light bulbs, paint cans, pesticides, 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-Sunday from 9am-5pm.
Please note: The City recommends calling before going to ensure the collection centers are open and are currently collecting hazardous waste.
Coral Gables Diverts Over 182,000 Pounds of Electronic and Household Hazardous Waste from Potentially Entering the Landfill
On Saturday November 16th, the City of Coral Gables celebrated America Recycles Day by recycling old electronics and safely disposing of household hazardous waste in an environmentally friendly manner. The event was a huge success with over 500 cars (approximately 1,000 people) that attended. As a result, over 28,000 pounds of material was collected and diverted from the landfill. This included 12,000 pounds of electronic waste, 10,000 pounds of household hazardous waste, and 5,000 pounds of sensitive documents were shredded. Any electronic item that has a plug or takes batteries was recycled. Coral Gables residents were able to drop off their household hazardous waste (ex: paint cans, pool chemicals, compact fluorescent light bulbs, cleaners, oils, batteries, and household pesticides). Residents were also encouraged to bring any large boxes or pieces of cardboard to the event and the City ensured they got recycled properly. As a result of the collection events over the last 3 years, the city has been able to divert over 182,000 pounds of electronic waste and household hazardous waste from potential entering the landfill. The City has also been able to shredded over 25,000 pounds of sensitive documents. These household hazardous waste collection events are organized in partnership with the Coral Gables Sustainability Advisory Board, the City of Coral Gables Police and Public Works Departments and Clean Harbors. For more information on the event or other City sustainability efforts please call 305-460-5008.
In addition to the community electronic recycling events, the City's IT Department has recycled over 16,000 pounds of electronic waste since 2016
For more information on upcoming events or to read about the City’s sustainability efforts, please visit www.coralgables.com/sustainability or call 305-460-5008.