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Residential Recycling

Miami-Dade County provides curbside recycling services to residents in the unincorporated areas of the County and residents in these 20 municipalities: Aventura, Cutler Bay, Doral, El Portal, Florida City, Medley, Miami Beach, Miami Gardens, Miami Lakes, Miami Springs, North Bay Village, North Miami Beach, Opa-locka, Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest, South Miami, Sunny Isles Beach, Surfside, Virginia Gardens and West Miami.

Acceptable & unacceptable items

Items Allowed

 Items Not Allowed

Paper Products
ex. newspapers, magazines, catalogs, telephone books, printer paper, copier paper, mail, all  other office paper without wax liners 
Garbage or other non-recyclable waste
ex. cylinders, tanks, rocks, dirt, building debris, flammables
ex. packing boxes, cereal boxes, gift boxes, corrugated cardboard; flatten all boxes prior to placing them in your cart
ex. dry cell batteries, lead acid batteries 

Plastic Containers (narrow-necks only)
ex. bottles, milk, water, detergent, soda and shampoo containers (flatten and replace cap)
*Only narrow-neck plastic containers (the opening of the container is smaller than the body)

Certain glass products
ex. window or auto glass, incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs, mirrors, glass cookware or bakeware, ceramics
Aseptic Containers
ex. polycoated drink boxes, juice cartons, milk cartons
Plastic bags, foam, trays and containers
ex. glass food & beverage containers (clear, brown and green)
Home chemicals
ex. paints, pesticides 
ex. aluminum & steel food and beverage containers.
Medical waste and pharmaceuticals



Electronic waste and accessories
ex. PCs, monitors, televisions, printer cartridges, keyboards, cell phones, CDs and DVDs 
Other non-recyclables
ex. coat hangers, small appliances, microwave trays

Empty propane or oxygen tanks 

About the Residential Curbside Recycling Program

The curbside recycling program uses convenient "single-stream" recycling, which means that you'll no longer have to separate your recyclable materials. Every household receives one 65-gallon wheeled cart where you can place all of your recyclable materials together for every-other-week recycling. Your recyclables are collected every other week on one of your garbage collection days.

Just roll your recycling cart out to the curbside by 7 a.m. on your recycling day. Place your recycling cart within three feet of the street and at least five feet from mailboxes, parked cars or other obstacles. The wheels must face your home.

If you use a Miami-Dade recycling bin or other automated cart for garbage collection, be sure to leave at least five feet between the two carts. After collection, return your recycling cart to its storage place. The biggest advantages of our single-stream program are that you don't have to separate your recyclables and you can now recycle more types of paper products. Recycling has never been easier.

Ordering an additional recycling cart

To encourage increased participation in the single-stream curbside recycling program, the department is offering one additional recycling cart per household at no extra charge.

Increasing your household’s recycling efforts helps save space in your waste cart and increases the amount of recyclables that can be turned into new products.

2015 Residential Recycling Calendars

Look up your recycling day, or view the 2015 calendars in Adobe PDF  format:

Important tips

  • Please keep your blue recycling and green waste carts at least five feet apart and away from mailboxes, carts and other obstacles.
  • Make sure all recyclable material fits inside the blue recycling cart and the lid closes completely.
  • Do not place your recyclables inside plastic bags. Plastic bags damage the equipment at the recycling facility.
  • Please do not stack items on top of or alongside your recycling cart. They can't and won't be collected.
  • Do not use the recycling cart for rocks, dirt, tile, construction and demolition debris, free-flowing liquids, flammables, automobile batteries, propane tanks or other home chemical waste.
  • If your recycling cart is stolen, call the police department (non-emergency number) and obtain a case number. Then contact 3-1-1 with the police case number. A replacement cart will be delivered to you at no charge.
  • If your cart it damaged by the automated equipment, call 3-1-1 and a replacement cart will be provided at no charge. 
  • If your cart is damaged because of misuse, modification or placement of unacceptable materials, you will be responsible for purchasing a replacement cart.
  • If you are disabled or need assistance moving your recycling cart to the curb, you can apply for special assistance recycling service by calling 3-1-1.

If you cannot view PDF Get Acrobat! files, you can download Acrobat Reader  for free from Adobe Systems, Inc. In order to use PDF files, you must have Acrobat installed on your computer.

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