Here’s How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree
Beginning on Monday, January 8, 2018, the City of Coral Gables is offering free Christmas tree recycling collection to Coral Gables residents living in single-family homes. Recycling your tree helps to preserve landfill space, and provides the opportunity to repurpose this valuable resource as mulch and ground cover in natural parks and planting areas throughout the community. Please observe the following placement requirements:
- Place the tree out on the curbside after 5:00 P.M. the day before your scheduled tree collection day specified by area.
- Keep tree separate from your trash/yard waste pile if you want it recycled. If the tree is placed in the trash pile with other debris, it won’t be recycled.
- Remove tree stand, lights, ornaments, tinsel and other decorations before placing out for collection.
- Do not bag your tree or place flocked trees out for collection.
Tree Collection Schedule for Single-Family Homes
Coral Way to north city limits: Monday – January 8, 2018; Monday – January 15, 2018 &
Monday – January 22, 2018
Coral Way to Bird Road: Tuesday – January 9, 2018; Tuesday – January 16, 2018 & Tuesday – January 23, 2018
Bird Road to Hardee Road: Wednesday – January 10, 2018; Wednesday – January 17, 2018 &
Wednesday – January 24, 2018
Hardee Road to Kendall Drive: Thursday – January 11, 2018; Thursday – January 18, 2018 & Thursday – January 25, 2018
Kendall Drive to south city limits: Friday – January 12, 2018; Friday – January 19, 2018 & Friday – January 26, 2018
Tree Recycling Drop-off Site for Multi-Family Homes
Residents living in multi-family homes such as condos or apartments can also recycle their trees by bringing them to the drop-off area located at the War Memorial Youth Center’s west parking lot (south end), parallel to Segovia Street. This drop-off site will be available from December 30 through January 14, 2018. For more information or questions, please call 305-460-5346 or visit www.coralgables.com/wastecollection
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 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
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
Holiday Recycling Tips
Coral Gables reminds all of our residents which common holiday items can & cannot be recycled.
- Cardboard and paper boxes
- Gift bags
- Paper cards and envelopes
- Catalogs and magazines
- Tissue paper and gift wrap
- Empty Glass Containers
- Styrofoam peanuts and packaging material
- Ribbon and tinsel
- Lights and wires
- Plastic bags/Plastic films
- Styrofoam and plastic cups
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.