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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: KCGB@coralgables.com

Keep Coral Gables Beautiful Affiliate Report [PDF]

Coral Gables Resolution Signed 2019-222 [PDF]

Events

Graphic showcasing a Christmas tree with the recycling symbol in the background. Title reading Recycle Your Christmas Tree and the Keep Coral Gables Beautiful logo on the bottom.

Beginning on December 27, 2021, the City of Coral Gables is offering free Christmas tree recycling to Coral Gables residents. Recycling your tree helps to preserve landfill space and provides the opportunity to repurpose this valuable resource as mulch and ground cover in natural parks and planting areas throughout the community. So that we can provide the most efficient service possible, please observe the following collection schedule and placement requirements. 

Single-Family Placement & Collection Schedule: 

Residents living in the area from

Collection Dates

 Coral Way to north city limits

Monday – December 27, 2021
 Monday – January 3, 2022
 Monday – January 10, 2022

 Coral Way to Bird Road

Tuesday – December 28, 2021
 Tuesday – January 4, 2022
 Tuesday – January 11, 2022

 Bird Road to Sunset

Thursday – December 30, 2021
 Thursday – January 6, 2022
 Thursday – January 13, 2022

 Sunset to south city limits

Friday – December 31, 2021
 Friday – January 7, 2022
 Friday – January 14, 2022

 

Placement/Collection Requirements 

PLEASE:

  • Place tree out after 5:00 P.M. the day before your scheduled tree collection day specified above.
  • Keep trees separate from your trash/yard waste pile. If the tree is placed in the trash pile with other debris, it won’t be recycled.
  • Remove tree stand, lights, ornaments, tinsel, and other decorations before placing out for collection.
  • Do not bag your tree or place flocked trees out for collection.

For Multi-Family Residences:

Multi-Family residents wishing to recycle their tree beginning Monday, December 27th through Friday, January 14th may bring it to a drop-off area located at the War Memorial Youth Center’s (405 University Drive) west parking lot (south end), parallel to Segovia Street.Ariel picture of the War Memorial Youth Center with arrow pointing to Christmas tree drop off location on the south end of the west parking lot.


Holiday Recycling Tips

Graphics dipicting holiday items that can and cannot be recycled. All items listed below.

Coral Gables reminds all 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 Tip: 

Residents should break down and flatten all cardboard boxes and place them into or next to the recycling bins. Do not place cardboard boxes out in the trash pits. Placing cardboard in a trash pile is a violation of Sections 54-146 and fines can be levied up to $500. 

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. In the program's first four months, a total of 329 pounds of batteries have been collected. For more information on accepted batteries please visit coralgables.com/batteries


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 

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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 www.myflorida.com. 


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

Mangrove Potting Event

Over 100 volunteers got their hands dirty at a recent mangrove potting event. In just under two hours, around 1,300 mangroves seeds were potted at the Keep Coral Gables Beautiful popup nursery. These seeds will be grown on-site for six months before being donated to MANG for further growth and planting in South Florida's coastal areas. Thank you to the Coral Gables Garden Club and Boy Scout Troop 7 for their partnership in this event.   

Group photo of over 100 volunteers. 

Girl Scouts at Matheson Hammock Park

Recently, Girl Scout troop members of Tropical Florida and volunteers from Spirit Airlines participated in a cleanup event at Matheson Hammock Park collecting 127 pounds of litter. They also had an opportunity to learn about the different types of pollution and how it affects our environment and water. Keep Coral Gables Beautiful thanks to Miami-Dade County Parks, Miami EcoAdventures, Sea Turtle Conservation Program, and the Plastic Fisherman for their partnership.

Group of children in Spirit Airline shirts around a table listening to discussion about plastic pollution. Fish are made of littered plastic.

Downtown Community Cleanup - Holiday Edition

Keep Coral Gables Beautiful thanks everyone that joined the Dec. Downtown Community Cleanup – Holiday Edition. This event brought out 37 volunteers who collected over 121 pounds of litter from our downtown. At a recent Commission Meeting, several winners of the Most Pounds Collected contest were recognized and received their prizes. The contest prizes totaled over $1,000 in value.  


We would like to thank our partners at the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce and Business Improvement District. A special thank you to Clutch Burger and Baptist Health South Florida. More downtown cleanups will be coming soon! 

City staff standing behind mound of garbage bags from the event's collection.