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:
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.
Holiday Recycling Tips
Coral Gables reminds all residents which common holiday items can & cannot be recycled.
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
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:
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 www.myflorida.com.
Additional key findings include:
PPE Litter Public Service Announcement
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.
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.
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!