11 Tips for Recycling in Miami-Dade County

11 Tips for Recycling in Miami-Dade County

Feb 18, 2019 February 18, 2019

While Miami may not yet be as advanced as California when it comes to taking measures to protect our planet against the carbon footprint of our wasteful society, many local residents are deeply interested in recycling as a practice that can enhance the livability of our local Miami communities by providing a cleaner and greener environment.

If you want to get on board with the recycling bandwagon, below are some tips to help you sort out the rules, regulations, and logistics of recycling in Miami-Dade County.

Recycle. Reduce. Reuse.


1) Know What Goes in the Recycling Bin

  • Paper products such as: newspapers, magazines, catalogs, phone books, brown paper bags, printer paper, copy paper, junk mail, and all other types of office paper without wax liners
  • Cardboard such as: packing and shipping boxes, cereal boxes, gift boxes, shoe boxes, and corrugated cardboard. All boxes must be flattened before placing them in the recycling cart. Boxes with food residue on them are not recyclable.
  • Metals, including aluminum cans, tin cans, steel food and beverage containers.
  • Aseptic polycoated containers such as milk cartons, juice cartons, and drink boxes, with their caps on.
  • Glass food & beverage containers including clear, brown and green glass. Please remove metal caps and lids from glass bottles and jars and drop them separately in the bin.  Plastic lids and caps from glass bottles may not be recycled and should be thrown away with your regular trash.
  • Plastic bottles such as water, beverage, detergent, and shampoo containers. These should be flattened and recycled with their caps on.

2) Only Certain Types of Batteries are Recyclable

Regular household batteries such as Alkaline (manganese) and Carbon Zinc batteries, including AA, AAA, C, D, 6V, and 9V, as well as reusable (rechargeable) Alkaline Manganese batteries including AA, AAA, C, and D are not recyclable and may be thrown out with your household garbage.

Lead Acid Vehicle batteries, including 6V and 12V batteries such as those used in cars, motorcycles and boats must be returned to the place where you purchased them or properly disposed of by a mechanic or vehicle repair facility.

Other types of batteries must be delivered to a Neighborhood Trash and Recycling Center, including the following,:

  • Button batteries such as C-type 3V Lithium
  • Lithium / Lithium-Ion, including 3V, 6V, and 3V button batteries
  • Nickel-Cadmium (rechargeable) and Nickel Metal Hydride (rechargeable) batteries including AA, AAA, C, D, 6V, 9V
  • Sealed Lead Acid (rechargeable) batteries, including 2V, 6V, and 12V
  • Silver Oxide Batteries

For more information on how to dispose of your used batteries, here is a handy battery disposal chart.

3) Recycle Fluorescent Light Bulbs

While most household light bulbs such as standard incandescent bulbs, Halogen bulbs, and LED bulbs are not recyclable and may be safely disposed of with your other household garbage, Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs) and traditional long-tube fluorescent lights should be delivered to a Neighborhood Trash and Recycling Center.

4) Dispose of Medicine Properly

Medications should be disposed of with general household garbage, as they cannot be recycled.  Leave medication in its original container, but be sure remove the label of cross out your name and prescription number. Dissolve pills by adding water, seal the container shut, secure it with tape, place it in a larger container, seal it, and then throw it away with the regular household trash. Never flush expired or unused medicines down the toilet or drain.

5) Recycle Cooking Oil

Cooking oil may be reused or recycled. Once cooled, oil used for deep-frying, such as peanut oil, may be reused several times.  Simply strain the oil through a folded cheesecloth to remove any food particles and store in a sealed container. If you need to recycled a large amount of oil, you may take it to a Neighborhood Trash and Recycling Center. If it’s only a small amount, you may choose to simply throw it away with household garbage by pouring it into a sealable container and throwing it in the trash.


Miami Recycle Program

6) Take Used Electronics to a Recycling Center

Electronic equipment such as computer monitors and television sets, personal computers, laptops, keyboards, hard drives, printers, audio and video equipment, cell phones and hand-held radios must be delivered to a local Neighborhood Trash and Recycling Center. Of the 13 Recycling Centers in Miami, 8 accept electronic equipment. 

7) Drop Off Unwanted Gasoline at a Recycling Center

If you have gasoline that you want to get rid of, you may drop off up to 10 gallons of gasoline at any one time, at a Neighborhood Trash and Recycling Center. Gasoline must be transported in approved containers and will be accepted when delivered in approved gasoline containers.

8) Three Local Centers Accept Used Motor Oil

Motor oil must be transported in durable, tightly-closed containers and you may deliver up to 5 gallons to any of the three following Neighborhood Trash and Recycling Centers: Golden Glades, Moody Drive, or Snapper Creek Neighborhood Trash and Recycling Center.

9) Safe Disposal of Household Chemicals

If you’re looking for a way to dispose of household chemicals that are not biodegradable, bear in mind that some chemical products may be delivered to a Neighborhood Trash and Recycling Centers for proper disposal. When packing chemical products for transportation or delivery, make sure that all containers are packed upright inside sturdy boxes, and that all lids and caps are fully tightened on all containers. Leaking containers should be placed inside of a larger container, along with an absorbent material such as newspaper or paper towels for safe transport.  Chemical containers should always be labeled to prevent the danger of mixing incompatible chemicals.

10) Compost Grass Clippings and Yard Waste

Organic yard waste such as grass clippings, fallen leaves and branches, and dried flowers may all be easily composted using a compost bin or by simply leaving them in a shallow pile on the ground in a discreet corner of the yard, so that they may release vital nutrients back into the soil.

11) Get to Know Your Neighborhood Recycling Centers

Miami has 13 different Trash and Recycling centers around the city, at which materials are collected and processed for recycling or safe disposal. Different centers accept different materials, and many provide unique services. By clicking on this link, you can learn more about local recycling centers and what is accepted at each one, as well as  Neighborhood Trash and Recycling Centers. Some of these locations will even accept demolition debris, yard waste, and appliances such as refrigerators, stoves, and washing machines. Other centers will accept such items as used vehicle tires and mattresses.

Recycle Tips

By following simple guidelines such as those listed above, we can all pitch in as neighbors to make a genuine difference in the livability of our communities by reducing each of our individual carbon footprints, contributing to a greener and cleaner future for all of us.

Contact Sep Niakan
Founder, Condoblackbook.com & Owner/Broker, HB Roswell Realty
(305) 697-7667
contact@condoblackbook.com
Request Info
By sending you agree to CondoBlackBook's Terms of Use

Your Miami Condo Awaits

Recent Posts

The Insider’s List - Condo BlackBook’s Monthly Curated Digest
Opinions and Advice The Insider’s List - Condo BlackBook’s Monthly Curated Digest
As editors, real estate experts, Miamians, and lovers of so many things, we here at CondoBlackBook.com come across many a great read and post. So great, that we thought it’d be nice to share some of our top picks each month - videos, snippets, news pieces and articles, you name it, all things lifestyle, design, wellness, food, travel, business and just plain interesting stuff in our monthly CondoBlackBook.com Curated List. So here are our picks to round out September -- take a peek, indulge, and get inspired! Spooky Good 27 Sarcophagi Found in Ancient Necropolis Source: Vice | Ph. Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities Just in time for all the archeological aficionados and Halloween lovers out there, Cairo unearthed a true treat. Researchers have found 27 untouched, 2,500-year-old Sarcophagi, raising hopes of many more. Flo Grown - Florida Love Southbound Source: New York Times Florida Attracts More Northerners. Since the beginning of the pandemic, home sales in parts of the...
Miami’s Top Classic Condos Built for Tennis Players
Real Estate News Miami’s Top Classic Condos Built for Tennis Players
Miami's love affair with tennis dates way back to the 1980s when the Miami Open first started being hosted at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne. Celebrated as the largest tennis tournament outside the four Grand Slams, the Open series has given fans the chance to watch the court legends of Andre Agassi, Chris Evert, Steffi Graff, Pete Sampras, Roger Federer, Monica Seles, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Venus Williams, Serena Williams, Vika Azarenka, and many more over the decades to the Magic City. Charmed by our gorgeous beaches, great art, international culture, world-class entertainment options, fabulous food and restaurants, and fantastic year-round weather (especially good for tennis practice in the winters), some of these tennis pros decided to stick around and call Miami home. Our current list of tennis star residents includes Novak Djokovic (Eighty Seven Park), Caroline Wozniacki (Palazzo del Sol), Anna Kournikova (Bay Point Estate), Mary Joe Fernández (Pinecrest) and...
Family Friendly Condos: The Top 3 Buildings in Edgewater, Miami
Real Estate News Family Friendly Condos: The Top 3 Buildings in Edgewater, Miami
The decision to buy a new home is one of the most exciting ones you'll ever make. And when you're moving with a family, you've got the kiddos to consider. At the top of the list when looking for a family friendly home is, what's the neighborhood like? Are there many family friendly activities and parks? And what amenities does the condo building have? Do the condos have a children's room or teen room? Kiddie pools? How about some spaces dedicated for parents? Talking about Edgewater, this residential neighborhood has been climbing popularity charts in recent years, and fast, especially with young families. Edgewater has emerged as one of the most desirable residential destinations in Miami, with new luxury construction and branded condo developers eyeing this bayfront area, which comes dotted with cafés, restaurants, convenience stores, and parks. So, which are the most family friendly condos in Edgewater? Condo BlackBook has created the following point system to rank the most family...
October 2020: ‘Scare Up’ Some Fall Fun with These Miami Events
Lifestyle October 2020: ‘Scare Up’ Some Fall Fun with These Miami Events
It’s that time of year again, when orange skies fill the air and pumpkin spice lattes fill your coffee mug. Fall in Miami is truly beautiful - the weather is cooler, the sunsets are stunning and the pace of our lives starts to wind down a bit. October in Miami is great time to experience the outdoors and get in some nature walks to recharge the senses without breaking much of a sweat - not to mention have some fun! So, for things to do in Miami this month, we’ve got a mixed goodie bag of online and on-ground events to help you have some Halloween fun. (We highly recommend double checking the availability of the on-ground events before heading out.) There’s also a virtual run, online jazz series, boat show, and carnival to keep you in the highest of fall spirits. Look below for the complete list of virtual and on-ground events to spice up your October in the Magic City: Halloween Specials Drive-Through Pumpkin Patch: October 3-31 Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo Center, University...
Our Top 10 Sailing & Boating Clubs - From Coconut Grove to Miami Beach
Lifestyle Our Top 10 Sailing & Boating Clubs - From Coconut Grove to Miami Beach
Nothing embodies the Miami lifestyle better than a day of sailing on the beautiful blue waters of Biscayne Bay, the Atlantic Ocean, or the Intracoastal Waterway. Boating is a way of life in South Florida. For those who want to board a boat and join the fun, here is a list of our 10 favorite sailing and boating clubs in Miami.  1) Biscayne Bay Yacht Club 2540 S Bayshore Dr, Coconut Grove  The Biscayne Bay Yacht Club (BBYC) is Miami’s oldest boat club, dating back to 1887, when it leased the Florida Cape Lighthouse as its headquarters.  The club purchased its current clubhouse in 1932 and has been involved in practically every important sailing race in South Florida to date.  Today, the club continues to be among the most popular sailing clubs in Miami, with regattas throughout the year, sailing lessons, and all kinds of sailing events. The BBYC has also become popular among windsurfers and is now known as the international hub for this popular sport, turning out Olympic-caliber...
These Two New Miami Towers Could Become Edgewater’s Latest Developments
Real Estate News These Two New Miami Towers Could Become Edgewater’s Latest Developments
Edgewater is expanding. Again! With two new residential towers planned - one condo and one multifamily - the Miami waterfront neighborhood is once again proving it’s continuing to be Miami’s most desirable neighborhood. Both projects are currently awaiting a vote from the City of Miami’s Urban Development Review Board. Developers have been attracted to Edgewater for residential projects, given its family-friendly vibe. The Bayfront neighborhood further benefits from close proximity to the shops and restaurants of Midtown, high-end shopping at the Design District, the eclectic art scene of Wynwood, and general vivacity of Downtown. It is also minutes from a Metromover station that takes people through to Downtown and Brickell. New Edgewater Condo Grupo T&C: 36-story, LEED-certified Condo Tower designed by Kobi Karp Sitting just behind Quantum on the Bay and 1800 Club, Lima-based developer Grupo T&C is proposing a 322-unit, 36-story tower at 1825 and 1837 NE Fourth Avenue. The...