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Recycling at Home

Residential recycling collection takes place once every two weeks. For most customers the cost of the service is included in the waste fee as a non-ad valorem assessment on your annual tax bill.

  • What to place in the recycling cart

    • Paper products: newspapers, magazines, catalogs, telephone books, printer paper, copier paper, mail and all other office paper without wax liners
    • Cardboard: packing boxes, cereal boxes, gift boxes and corrugated cardboard; Flatten all boxes before placing them in your cart
    • Metals: aluminum & steel food and beverage containers
    • Aseptic containers: polycoated drink boxes, juice cartons and milk cartons
    • Glass: glass food & beverage containers (clear, brown and green)
    • Plastic containers (bottles only): bottles, milk, water, detergent, soda and shampoo containers (flatten and replace cap)

    More Tips

    • Find out how to dispose of certain items, including batteries, light bulbs, assorted liquids and more
    • Play the Ready, Set, Recycle! game to know what belongs in a recycling bin and what doesn't
  • Do not put these in the recycling cart

    • Plastic Bags-Do not place recyclables in plastic bags or place loose bags in the recycling cart.
    • Batteries: dry cell batteries, lead acid batteries. See what to do with batteries.
    • Certain plastics: plastic bags, cups, utensils and plates, polystyrene (foam) products, egg cartons and trays, margarine and butter tubs, yogurt cups, plastic hangers.
    • Certain glass products: window or auto glass, light bulbs, mirrors, glass cookware or bakeware, ceramics.
    • Other non-recyclables: wire coat hangers, small appliances, microwave trays.
    • Home chemicals: paints, pesticides, pool chemicals, fertilizers and other household hazardous waste.
    • Garbage/food waste or other nonrecyclable waste: gas cylinders, tanks, rocks, dirt, building debris, garden hoses, flammables.
    • Medical waste and pharmaceuticals
    • Electronic waste and accessories: PCs, monitors, televisions, printer cartridges, keyboards, cell phones, CDs and DVDs.
    • Textiles: clothes, shoes, bedding, pillows, etc.
  • Guidelines

    Place your blue recycling cart at the curb by 7 a.m. on your scheduled recycling day.

    Place the cart within 3 feet of the street and at least 5 feet from mailboxes, parked cars, garbage cart or other obstacles. The wheels must face your home.

    Do not overfill your cart. If items in the cart are not loose, they can get stuck inside the cart and prevent whatever is underneath from being emptied. Do not stack items on top of or alongside your recycling cart. They can't and won't be collected.

    Do not place your recyclables inside plastic bags. Plastic bags damage the equipment at the recycling facility.

  • Moving into a new home

    When you move into an existing home, a recycling cart should already be there. If you don't find one, call 311 to place an order.

    You may also call 311 to confirm the account has been updated under your name. If it has not, you will be required to provide proof of ownership such as a copy of your warranty deed or your closing statement.

    If you're the owner of a newly-constructed home, call department’s Residential Billing Unit at 305-594-1630. An account will be created and your recycling cart ordered. Carts will not be delivered until the home is occupied, so please order your cart once you've moved in. 

  • Service Complaint

    If your recyclables are not picked up on your collection day, call 311 to report the missed pickup. If you call later than 3 business days after your scheduled pickup day, you will have to wait for the next regular pickup day.

  • Ordering an additional recycling cart

    A household can order one additional, standard-sized 64-gallon recycling cart at no extra charge.

    You must complete the form for a new recycling cart, then fax, mail or email the form.

  • Cart repaired, replaced or exchanged

    To exchange your standard 64-gallon waste cart for a smaller 35-gallon or larger 95-gallon cart, call 311.

    If your waste or recycling cart is damaged in the collection process, call 311 and Miami-Dade County will repair or replace your cart free of charge.

    If your cart is damaged because of misuse, modification or placement of unacceptable materials, you will be responsible for purchasing a replacement cart at a cost of $50.

    If your cart is stolen, call the police department (non-emergency number) and obtain a case number. Then contact 311 with the police case number. A replacement cart will be delivered to you at no charge.

  • Eligibility

    Miami-Dade County provides recycling pickup service in these areas:

    • Unincorporated Miami-Dade
    • Aventura
    • Cutler Bay
    • Doral
    • El Portal
    • Florida City
    • Medley
    • Miami Beach
    • Miami Gardens
    • Miami Lakes
    • Miami Springs
    • North Bay Village
    • Opa-locka
    • Palmetto Bay
    • Pinecrest
    • South Miami
    • Sunny Isles Beach
    • Virginia Gardens
    • West Miami

    Service in these municipalities is provided by their local government. For more details, contact them directly.

    • Bal Harbour 305-866-4633
    • Bay Harbor Island 305-866-6241
    • Biscayne Park 305-893-4346
    • Coral Gables 305-460-5346
    • Golden Beach 305-932-0744
    • Hialeah 305-687-2630
    • Hialeah Gardens 305-558-4114
    • Homestead 305-224-4860
    • Indian Creek 305-865-4121
    • Key Biscayne 305-365-5500
    • Miami 311
    • Miami Shores 305-795-2210
    • North Miami 305-895-9870
    • North Miami Beach 305-948-2904
    • Surfside 305-861-4863
    • Sweetwater 305-651-7011
  • Special Assistance

    If you are disabled or need assistance moving your recycling cart to the curb, you can apply for special assistance service by calling 311 or 305-468-5900.

  • Fees

    This service is provided through your $464 fee which is a non-ad valorem assessment your annual tax bill.

Phone Number(s)

Solid Waste Management
Alina Hudak, Deputy Mayor

Dr. Martin Luther King Office Plaza
2525 NW 62nd Street, Miami, FL 33147
305-514-6666 | dswm@miamidade.gov305-514-6666 | dswm@miamidade.gov

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