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Recycling at Home

Residential recycling collection takes place once every two weeks. The cost of the service is billed as part of your annual tax bill.

  • What to place in the recycling cart

    Use the blue recycling cart for:

    • Paper products: newspapers, magazines, catalogs, telephone books, printer paper, copier paper, mail, all other office paper without wax liners.
    • Cardboard: packing boxes, cereal boxes, gift boxes, 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, milk cartons.
    • Glass: glass food & beverage containers (clear, brown and green).
    • Plastic containers (narrow necks only): bottles, milk, water, detergent, soda and shampoo containers (flatten and replace cap).

    Play the Ready, Set, Recycle! game to know what belongs in a recycling bin and what doesn't.

  • Do not put these in the recycle cart

    Don't use the blue recycling cart for:

    • Batteries: dry cell batteries, lead acid batteries.
    • Unnumbered 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: coat hangers, small appliances, microwave trays.
    • Home chemicals: paints, pesticides.
    • Garbage 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.

    Play the Ready, Set, Recycle! game to know what belongs in a recycling bin and what doesn't.

  • 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 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 311. An account will be created and your recycling cart delivered. Carts will not be delivered until the home is occupied, so please order them 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 a new recycling cart

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

    The cart can also be exchanged for a smaller 35-gallon or larger 95-gallon cart by calling 311.

    You can also complete the form for a new recycling cart, then fax or mail the form.

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

    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 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 305-687-2630
    • 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
  • Special assistance

    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 305-514-6666, ext. 1000.

Phone Number(s)

  • Request a recycling cart
    311311
  • Customer service
    311311
  • TTY
    711711
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Solid Waste Management
Alina Hudak, Deputy Mayor

Stephen P. Clark Center
111 NW 1st Street, 16th Floor Miami, FL 33128
305-514-6666305-514-6666