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Residential Recycling

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Acceptable & Non-Acceptable Recycling Items

The illustration featured below, is attached to the lid of each blue recycling container and lists the types of items that can and cannot be placed in the blue container.

All recyclable items must be rinsed; caps must be removed; and cardboard boxes must be flattened.
The BLUE recycling carts will not be collected if they contain Garbage or Yard Waste.

 Acceptable Recyclable Materials
Glass Jars and Bottles
Aluminum Cans
Tin Foil and Aluminum Pie Pans
Plastic Bottles/Containers #1 - #7
Cereal Boxes
Paper Towel Rolls
Paperback Books and Phone Books
Junk Mail
Cardboard (flatten all boxes)
Magazines and Catalogs
Newspapers and Inserts
Office Paper and File Folders (without wax liners)
Paper Bags

Non-Acceptable Recyclable Materials
Hardback Books
Ceramics or Dishes
Food Waste
Plastic Grocery Bags or Wrap
Motor Oil Containers
Household Hazardous Waste
Light Bulbs, Window Glass or Mirrors
Yard Waste

Benefits of Recycling
• A recycling program will cost less to operate as compared to waste collection, landfills and incineration
• The energy saved when recycling one glass bottle is enough to power a light bulb for four hours
• Each ton of paper that is recycled, saves 17 trees
• Recycling benefits the air and water by creating a net reduction in 10 major categories of air pollutants and eight major categories of water pollutants
• Recycling helps to save energy and reduces reliance on foreign oil
• Recycling conserves natural resources, such as timber, water and minerals
• Recycling prevents habitat destruction, loss of biodiversity, and soil erosion associated with logging and mining

This program is not mandatory; however the goal is for each household to participate in curbside recycling. This will assist the City in reaching the 75% Recycling Goal by 2020, which was set by the State of Florida.

Drop-off recycling centers will continue to be available, until further notice.

For more information about the Curbside Recycling Program, please contact the Sanitation Division at 407.518.2507.

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