Recycling overview

Why Recycle

Recycling is a partnership between residents and the recycling facility that sorts and then distributes our recyclables to businesses which turn them into something new and useful. The goal is to maximize recycling and minimize garbage. You can place all recyclables in the same container. This approach is known as single-stream recycling. It’s easy and convenient.

What You Can Recycle

Everything you recycle should be placed loose in your recycling container, never bagged. Why? See an explanation here.

Single-stream recycling includes only the basics:

1. Aluminum and steel cans.
2. Plastic containers with a screw on cap (cap off), or marked HDPE #2 (all containers empty). Learn more here.
3. Cardboard (empty & flat). Aluminum and steel cans.
4. Mixed paper.

What You Cannot Recycle

Anything not in the list above. If an item is not recyclable, but it seems wasteful to toss in the trash, please check out some Alternative Options for Disposal.

Best Practices

  • Do not bag your recyclables! Note: no black bags as they are automatically assume to be trash and discarded at the recycling center.
  • No liquids are allowed: soda/beer cans, juice cartons, etc., should be emptied before being placed in your cart. Liquids are a common contaminant.
  • No paper or foil items with food residue: no dirty cups, plates, trays, paper towels/napkins, tissues, etc.
  • Lightly rinse containers: heavy food residue may attract bugs. Perfectly clean is not a requirement when rinsing.
  • Break apart different materials: lids and caps can be recycled, but remove them from containers. Please remove non-paper packaging, such as bubble wrap from boxes, then flatten.

Florida Recycles

Here’s a cool video on how to eliminate contamination from your recycling.