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Waste Collection

Most residential properties receive automated pickup of the green waste carts two days each week. The cost of the service is billed on your annual tax bill. To look up your pickup days, input your address into the Geographic Information System (GIS) tool.

Waste collection service is provided, rain or shine, except on these holidays: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Independence Day and Christmas Day, as observed by Miami-Dade County. Service will resume on your following scheduled pickup day.

Manual waste collection, where garbage is not collected using automated trucks, is provided to a limited number of households in Miami-Dade's waste collection service areas.

A limited number of customers receive twice weekly community container garbage collection (dumpster) service. Oversized trash such as furniture and household appliances should not be placed in the dumpsters or left next to them. Instead, you should take them to one of the 13 Neighborhood Trash and Recycling Centers.

  • What does and what does not go in your cart

    Place these items in your green waste cart: Your wheeled cart is designed to hold all of your household garbage and trash (including grass, leaves and yard trimmings). Bag your household garbage, trash and yard clippings/waste before placing them in the cart.

    Do not use the green waste cart for these items: oversized trash such as furniture and household appliances, rocks, dirt, tile, construction or demolition debris, free-flowing liquids, flammables, automobile batteries, propane tanks or other home chemical waste. Large items may be disposed of at a Trash and Recycling Center or by scheduling a bulky waste pickup. Home chemicals and propane tanks may be disposed of at one of our Home Chemical Collection Centers.

  • Guidelines

    Place your green waste cart at the curb by 7 a.m. on your scheduled pickup day.

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

    Don't stack items on top of or alongside your waste cart. They can't and won't be collected.

  • Moving into a new home

    When you move into an existing home, a waste 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 the department’s Residential Billing Unit at 305-594-1630. An account will be created and your waste cart ordered. Carts will not be delivered until the home is occupied, so please order your cart once you've moved in.

    Until your carts arrive, please place garbage in garbage bags. Bags placed at the curbside can weigh no more than 50 pounds each.

  • Service complaint

    If your garbage is not picked up on your collection day, report the missed pickup by submitting an online service request or calling 311.

  • Cart repaired, replaced or exchanged

    Each household is provided with a standard 96-gallon green waste cart. To exchange your standard 96-gallon waste cart for a smaller 35-gallon or 65-gallon cart, call 311.

    If your waste or recycling cart is damaged in the collection process, call 311 or report a damaged green waste cart online 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.

  • Signing up for additional waste cart service

    Additional waste cart service currently costs $82.00 per year. The initial bill is prorated depending on when you sign up for the service. Bills for the annual cart service fee are sent in October at the beginning of the fiscal year.

    You must complete the form for additional waste cart service, then fax, mail or email the form.

  • Manual collection

    Residents who receive manual waste collection do not use green waste carts for garbage collection. You can set out cans (up to 30 gallons) and tied plastic bags no later than 7 a.m. on your twice-weekly collection days.

    Trash, including yard clippings, must be canned, bagged or bundled in lengths of up to 4 feet using twine, rope or duct tape. Each can, bag or bundle must weigh less than 50 pounds.

    Curbside manual garbage pickup is available on each service day, rain or shine. Waste will not be collected on the following holidays as observed by Miami-Dade County government: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday, Independence Day and Christmas. Service after one of these holidays will be provided on your next regularly scheduled collection day.

  • Eligibility

    Miami-Dade County provides pickup service in these areas:

    • Unincorporated Miami-Dade
    • Aventura
    • Cutler Bay
    • Doral
    • Miami Gardens
    • Miami Lakes
    • Opa-locka
    • Palmetto Bay
    • Pinecrest
    • Sunny Isles Beach

    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
    • El Portal 305-751-2406
    • Florida City 305-471-4444
    • Golden Beach 305-932-0744
    • Hialeah 305-556-3800
    • Hialeah Gardens 305-558-4114
    • Homestead 305-224-4860
    • Indian Creek 305-865-4121
    • Key Biscayne 305-365-5500
    • Medley 305-887-9541
    • Miami 311
    • Miami Beach 305-673-7616
    • Miami Springs 305-805-5170
    • Miami Shores 305-795-2210
    • North Bay Village 305-865-0506
    • North Miami 305-895-9870
    • North Miami Beach 305-948-2904
    • South Miami 305-403-2063
    • Surfside 305-861-4863
    • Sweetwater 305-651-7011
    • Virginia Gardens 305-871-6104
    • West Miami 305-266-4214
  • Special assistance

    If you are disabled or need assistance moving your waste cart to the curb, you can apply for special assistance waste collection service by calling 311.

  • Fees

    This service is provided through your $484 fee which is a non-ad valorem assessment your annual tax bill.

    If in a special case you received a bill for waste collection service fees or additional cart fees, you may pay your bill online. Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover Card are accepted and there are no convenience charges for paying online. Customers who receive a bill can also pay by mail or in person. See your bill for more details.


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