Blue recycling carts are only for items accepted in the recycling programs. Yard waste in blue bins will result in a non-collection.
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It is recyclable, shredded into pieces at least ¼ inch by 3 inches, and contained in a paper bag secured with a single staple. Paper cut into smaller pieces is not recyclable and should be placed in regular garbage.
Boxboard: The type of material most food and cereal boxes are made from is cardboard, clean aluminum foil, magazines, newspapers, and junk mail, even envelopes with plastic windows, plastics with the numbers 1 and 2 only. This includes plastic bottles and containers (with no film, no bags, and no Styrofoam), regular paper, rinsed aluminum and metal cans, rinsed food and beverage cartons, and rinsed glass bottles and jars. Please remove the lids and include them in your recycling (No mirrored or window glass).
Please rinse food containers, bottles, and jars.
No. Recyclable items are to be put directly in the bin. Items in plastic bags will not be picked up.
No. Plastic bags and Styrofoam are not accepted.
To report a missed pickup contact: please contact Waste Management at 305-296-8297
Hazardous chemicals, car batteries, paints, radioactive waste, gasoline, oil, or construction debris.
No. The City and Waste Management provides homeowners in the city of Key West with one green cart for garbage and one for recycling. It is the responsibility of the homeowner/ tenant to put all recycling items in the blue bin. Items in the recycling cart should be loose and not bagged.
Recycling carts should only be used for loose recyclable items since the bins are collected by 3 different trucks. One for yard waste, one for garbage, and one for recycling. By putting garbage in your blue bin, it could potentially contaminate all the recycling in the truck.
If a recycling bin has more than 10% contamination, (food, yard waste, plastic bags, garbage, or pet waste) the garbage truck will pick up instead of recycling truck in order to avoid contamination of the whole truck.
If the bin has more than 10% contamination, it would not be acceptable to be collected for recycling.
Wood is considered construction debris and cannot be placed in yard waste or recycling bins. Please call Waste Management for assistance. 305-296-8297
Only hard plastics are accepted in the city recycling program. Please visit your local grocery store to recycle plastic bags.