The City Celebrates America Recycles Day by Collecting over 34,500 Pounds of Household Hazardous Waste
On Saturday November 18, the City celebrated America Recycles Day by holding a household hazardous waste collection event in the City Hall Parking Lot. The event was a huge success with over 600 attendees participating. The City was able to collect over 15,800 pounds of electronic waste, 18,900 pounds of household hazardous waste and shredded over 3,800 pounds of sensitive documents. Any electronic item that has a plug or takes batteries was accepted and one hundred percent of the e-waste is recycled and diverted from the landfill. In addition, in partnership with the Coral Gables Police Department, residents were able to shred any sensitive documents safely and securely on-site. Finally, residents were also able to drop off their household hazardous waste (ex: paint cans, pool chemicals, compact fluorescent light bulbs, cleaners, oils, batteries, and household pesticides) to be disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. Through the events over the last 2 years, the city has been able to collect over 67,000 pounds of electronic waste, 23,800 pounds of household hazardous waste and shredded over 5,000 pounds of sensitive documents. The next series of Household Hazardous Waste collection events are scheduled for Saturday April 21, 2018 and November 17, 2018 from 9am-12pm in the City Hall Parking Lot. The events are organized in partnership with the Coral Gables Sustainability Advisory Board, the City of Coral Gables, STS Electronic Recycling, Iron Mountain, and Clean Harbors. For more information on the events and other City sustainability efforts please call 305-460-5008
Recycling Your Old Electronics and Cardboard boxes, Disposing of your Household Hazardous Waste and Shredding Your Sensitive Documents
The City of Coral Gables encourages everyone to practice the 3 R’s (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle) in their everyday lives but especially in honor of America Recycles Day. On Saturday November 18, please stop by the City Hall Parking Lot at 405 Biltmore Way from 9 am to 12 pm to recycle your old electronics, dispose of household hazardous waste in an environmentally friendly manner, and shred any sensitive documents safely and securely onsite. Any electronic item that has a plug or takes batteries is eligible to be recycled. Coral Gables residents can drop off their household hazardous waste (ex: paint cans, pool chemicals, compact fluorescent light bulbs, cleaners, oils, batteries, and household pesticides). Items such as medical waste, ammunition and tires will not be accepted at this event. Residents are also encouraged to bring any large boxes or pieces of cardboard to the event and the City will ensure they get recycled properly. The process is quick and easy. All you have to do is pull up in your vehicle and staff will be on hand to help unload your items. Please be prepared to show proof of Coral Gables residency. To date, the city has recycled over 51,300 pounds of electronic waste with one hundred percent of which has been diverted from the landfill. This event is being organized in partnership with the Coral Gables Sustainability Advisory Board, the City of Coral Gables Police and Public Works Departments, STS Electronic Recycling, and Clean Harbors. For more information on the event or other City sustainability efforts please call 305-460-5008.
Event Flyer and Map (PDF)
Common unacceptable materials may include:
- Biological/Infectious Waste (i.e., sharps)
- Radioactive Materials
- Non-Propane Cylinders
- Fire Extinguishers
- Smoke Detectors
- Reactive Materials Requiring Stabilization
- DEA Regulated Substances
In addition to the community electronic recycling events, the City's IT Department has recycled over 12,500 pounds of electronic waste in 2016
For more information on upcoming events or to read about the City’s sustainability efforts, please visit www.coralgables.com/sustainability or call 305-460-5008.