Most residential properties receive automated pickup of the green waste carts two days each week. The cost of the service is billed as a non-ad valorem assessment your annual tax bill.
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 received 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.
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.
What to place in your waste cart
Each household is provided with a standard 96-gallon 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.
Don't use the green waste cart for rocks, dirt, tile, construction and demolition debris, free-flowing liquids, flammables, automobile batteries, propane tanks or other home chemical waste.
Large items may be disposed at a Trash and Recycling Center or by scheduling a bulky waste pickup.
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.
If your garbage is not picked up on your collection day, call 311 to report the missed pickup.
Cart repaired, replaced or exchanged
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 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 $79.50 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.
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 four 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.
Miami-Dade County provides pickup service in these areas:
- Unincorporated Miami-Dade
- Cutler Bay
- Miami Gardens
- Miami Lakes
- Palmetto Bay
- 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 305-687-2630
- 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
If you are disabled or need assistance moving your recycling cart to the curb, you can apply for special assistance waste collection service by calling 311.