Coral Gables Celebrates Earth Day by recycling over 17,800 pounds of Electronics and collecting over 6,900 pounds of Household Hazardous Waste
On April 22, the City celebrated Earth Day by holding an electronic recycling, household hazardous waste disposal and sensitive document shredding event in the City Hall Parking Lot. The event was a huge success with the City collecting over 17,864 pounds of electronic waste and over 6,980 pounds of household hazardous waste. Any electronic item that had a plug or took batteries was accepted. In addition, in partnership with the Coral Gables Police Department, residents were able to bring any sensitive documents to be shredded safely and securely on-site. Finally, Coral Gables residents dropped 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. To date, the city has collected over 51,300 pounds of electronic waste with one hundred percent of which has recycled and diverted from the landfill. This event was organized in partnership with the Coral Gables Sustainability Advisory Board, the City of Coral Gables, STS Electronic Recycling, SafeGuard, and Clean Harbors. The next collection event is scheduled for Saturday November 18 from 9am-12pm in the City Hall Parking Lot. For more information on the event or other City sustainability efforts please call 305-460-5008
Coral Gables Has Recycled over 33,500 pounds of Electronic Waste in 2016
On November 12, the City of Coral Gables Sustainability Advisory Board along with staff from the Public Works Department and STS Electronic Recycling held the fourth electronic recycling event of the year in the City Hall parking lot. The event was a success collecting over 11,000 pounds of electronic waste. To date, the City has collected over 33,500 pounds of electronic waste. One hundred percent of the material that has been collected has been recycled and diverted from the landfill. Items that have been recycled include TV’s, computers, printers, cell phones, etc. Anything that had a plug or that took batteries has been accepted. Participants also were able to drop off their old athletic shoes that are being broken down and used to create flooring for playgrounds. In addition, participants also donated old eyeglasses that are being donated to a local non-profit that distributes them to individuals in need.
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.