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Recycling 101 Seminar

Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 6- 7:30 p.m.

Coral Gables Museum (285 Aragon Avenue)

Recycling 101 Seminar Flyer

Pre-Register to Attend this Event by Clicking Here.

Who Should Attend this FREE Seminar?

  • All residents in single and multi-family homes
  • Any business owner, manager, and/or employee.

What will be discussed?

  •  Best practices for commercial and residential recycling
  • Hear about the City’s sustainability and recycling initiatives
  • Learn about the existing recycling rules and regulations
  • Review of what can and can’t be recycled
  • See what happens to your recycling material after it is picked up

For more information please call 305-460-5008. Pre-Register to Attend this Event by Clicking Here.

Celebrate America Recycles Day by Recycling Your Old Electronics and Cardboard, Disposing of your Household Hazardous Waste and Shredding Sensitive Documents


The City of Coral Gables encourages everyone to practice the 3 R’s (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle). 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, fire extinguishers, 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 please call 305-460-5008 or visit

Recycling Pickup Facts and Procedures: 

Recycling Collection for Single Family Homes

Residents are issued a 14 gallon red container in which all recyclable items are collected once per week. To be assured of a pickup, residents must make material accessible to the collector prior to 7 a.m. on the scheduled collection day. All items must be placed INSIDE of the bin and boxes broken down to be collected. You may request as many bins as you need.

Waste Collection for Single Family Homes

The collection, disposal and recycling of trash for all single-family and duplex properties is handled by the Public Works Department, Sanitation Division of the city of Coral Gables.  You may call 305-460-5346 for any questions related to Single Family homes, such as collection times, missed pick-up concerns, special pick up scheduling or how to get trash pits filled.

How to Set Up a New Waste Account for a Single Family Home

To set up a new waste account please contact the Finance Department at 305-460-5301.

Waste Collection for Commercial and Multi-Family Properties, Including Duplexes 

The collection, disposal and recycling of trash for commercial, and multi-family properties, including duplexes is provided by Waste Management of Dade County. You can reach Waste Management at 305-471-4444 for specific information regarding services to Commercial properties, apartments and condominiums.

Instructions to Report a Missed Single Family Home Pickup

If you have a missed pick up, for quickest response, we recommend you use the Coral Gables Mobile Application or report online. If you do not have access to a computer, you may call (305) 460-5346.

Electronics Recycling and Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events

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

Additional Resources

Recycling 101

On November 3, the City of Coral Gables Sustainability Advisory Board in partnership with Waste Management hosted a free Recycling 101 Seminar at the Coral Gables Museum (285 Aragon Avenue). Residents, businesses, and contractors all attended and were able to get all of their recycling questions answered straight from the experts, hear about what the City is doing to increase recycling, and learn more about can and can’t be recycled. Attendees also were able to see what happens to their recycling once it is taken away from their home or business. 

Did you know the City Beautiful collects cardboard for recycling?

Residents are urged to recycle their cardboard rather than place in trash piles in the right of way. All cardboard, set out for recycling, must be placed inside your red bin with the rest of recyclables, or placed neatly next to it. The cardboard MUST be cut up or folded into manageable pieces for sanitation workers to remove. You may request additional red recycle bins for free by calling 305-460-5346.

What to do with your Household Hazardous Waste? 

For household hazardous waste items (unbroken Compact Fluorescent light bulbs, paint cans, pesticides, pool chemicals, etc.) residents are encouraged to take then to the Miami-Dade County Home Chemical Collection Centers at the following addresses:  

  • West-Dade: 8831 NW 58th Street
  • South-Dade: 23707 SW 97th Ave
 What to Do with Other Common Household Items

   Light Bulbs
Coral Gables holds electronic recycling collection events throughout the year to collect e-waste (Laptops, CPU's TV, etc.) Please visit the electronic recycling page for dates of upcoming events    Unbroken Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs are accepted at local stores such as Lowes and at the Miami-Dade Home chemical collection centers
 Prescription Drugs     Food Waste
 Individuals can drop off their expired or unwanted prescription drugs at the Coral Gables Public Safety Building at 2801 Salzedo Street. Pharmaceuticals collected will be incinerated for safe destruction.      Research Closed System Methods of Backyard Composting
Batteries     Construction Debris
Laptop, Cellphone, Button and Rechargeable Batteries are accepted at local stores such as Best Buy, and at the Miami-Dade Home chemical collection centers   Please visit the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's website for a list of places to drop off construction debris 

Holiday Recycling Tips

Coral Gables reminds all of our residents which common holiday items can & cannot be recycled.

  • Calendars
  • Cardboard and paper boxes
  • Gift bags
  • Paper cards and envelopes
  • Catalogs and magazines
  • Tissue paper and gift wrap
  • Newspaper
  • Empty Glass Containers


  • Styrofoam peanuts and packaging material
  • Ribbon and tinsel
  • Lights and wires
  • Plastic bags/Plastic films
  • Styrofoam and plastic cups
  • Ornaments

Additional Holiday Recycling Tips

  • Residents are encouraged to break down and flatten all cardboard boxes and place in the recycling bins. Additional bins are available for free upon request. 
  • New! The City will be collecting and recycling Christmas trees starting right after Christmas. Stay tuned for program details (pick up schedule, etc.) Residents are encouraged to remove all tinsel, lights, & ornaments prior to putting trees out for pick-up. 

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