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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


  • Do Not place household garbage out until 6:00 p.m. the night before your collection day;
  • Make sure all garbage is secured in plastic bags, preferably in garbage bins;
  • Garbage bins/bagged garbage MUST be accessible and visible from the street; 
  • PER FEMA RULES, HOUSEHOLD GARBAGE MUST BE KEPT SEPARATE FROM TREE DEBRIS AND OTHER VEGETATIVE MATERIAL. Failure to separate materials will result in delayed service or no pickup.

Hurricane debris removal is being coordinated through FEMA and will begin as soon as possible. Residents are encouraged to place out storm-related debris from their properties, using existing hurricane debris piles if possible. Do not include broken furniture, discards or household refuse in vegetation piles, as this will impede the debris removal and processing operation. Failure to follow these FEMA requirements will result in delayed or no-pickup.
Please call 305-460-5346 or 305-460-5000 if questions.


It is essential that storm debris is placed out separately from regular garbage. That gives Waste Management access to collect the regular garbage, and it gives the City's debris removal contractor access to the storm related debris.

Trash & Garbage Pickup Facts and Procedures:

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 app or report online. If you do not have access to a computer, you may call (305) 460-5346.

Additional Frequently Asked Questions

What to do with your Household Hazardous Waste? 

For household hazardous waste items (unbroken CFL light bulbs, paint cans, pesticides, pool chemicals, etc.) residents are encouraged to take them 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

Will the City fill up the hole on the swale area that is left by trash removal operations?

Yes – please visit the trash pit website or call (305) 460-5346 for more information

When may I place my recycling bin and garbage cans out on the edge of the street for collection?

The City of Coral Gables provides backyard/side yard collection service of garbage and recycling. Garbage cans and recycling bins cannot be placed at the edge of the street at any time. According to City Code, “Containers shall be kept at a point upon the premises of the owner or occupant immediately adjacent to either side of the residence, behind the front building elevation. Containers shall be screened from view from any street.” Please click on the following to view the collection schedule for recycling and trash and garbage 

How do I dispose of used tires?

Do not dispose of used tires in your garbage can or on the swale. Please call (305) 460-5346 to schedule a pick-up of up to four tires.

How do I dispose of appliances and old furniture?

Appliance and old furniture collection is provided by appointment. Do not place appliances or old furniture out until you have contacted the Sanitation Division. Please call (305) 460-5346 to schedule a pick up. There is a $50 fee for appliances; special collection fees for furniture may apply.

Does the City offer two free pickups of trash each year?

No, the City of Coral Gables provides weekly collection of up to one cubic yard (about the size of a dishwasher) of yard waste and household items. An excess waste removal fee of $10/cubic yard applies to larger trash piles in excess of one cubic yard.

Can I put cardboard boxes or other household items on my trash pile at anytime during the week?

No, those items may only be placed out after 6:00 PM the night before your scheduled trash collection day. Residents are strongly encouraged to recycle all cardboard boxes, and place other household items in the garbage can. The trash pile should consist solely of yard waste.

What are the proper recycling procedures?

To view the City's recycling collection procedures, pick up schedule. and to see a list of items that can and cannot be recycled please visit the City's Recycling page

Last updated: 1/2/2018 3:42:55 PM