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Tips to help residents manage extra recyclables after Hurricane Irma

MIAMI (September 22, 2017)

The Department of Solid Waste Management resumed regular recycling collection on Monday, September 18, 2017. However, as a result of suspended service during the week of September 11th, many residents whose next collection will occur during the week of September 25th will likely have additional recyclable material. 

Residents are offered the following tips to ensure that the maximum amount of recyclables can fit into the blue cart:

  • Flatten all paperboard and cardboard boxes. Make sure boxes are not contaminated with food waste such as pizza boxes.
  • Make sure the only plastic items in the cart are narrow-necked plastic bottles (no other plastics are acceptable) and flatten them first.
  • Flatten all aluminum cans.
  • Steel cans may be too difficult to flatten so just make sure they are empty.
  • Hold on to excess acceptable recyclable material until the next collection cycle.

As a reminder, the only items acceptable for recycling are:

  • Aluminum food or beverage cans
  • Steel or tin food or beverage cans
  • Narrow-necked plastic bottles (no other plastic is acceptable)
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Newspapers, magazines, junk mail, cereal boxes, cardboard boxes and other paperboard boxes

Recycling customers should not place any of the following items in the blue recycling cart: plastic bags, household garbage, batteries, home chemicals, hurricane debris, yard trash or other items that are not accepted in Miami-Dade’s curbside recycling program.   

Residents should also be sure to place the blue recycling cart at the curb by 7 a.m. and make sure it’s accessible to recycling trucks.  The cart should be located at least five feet apart from the garbage cart and away from obstacles such as storm debris, mailboxes, power poles, power lines, fire hydrants and parked cars.

Customers who need to confirm the recycling collection schedule for their home can visit  More information about Miami-Dade County’s recycling program is available at or by calling 311.