Recycling and Trash Collection in Miami-Dade County

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When your garbage needs picking up in Miami, your exclusive provider for residential refuse, recycling, and bulky item collection the Miami-Dade Department of Solid Waste Management.

The department leads the "Keep Miami Beautiful" campaign with a goal to enhance environmental awareness, beautify the public right-of-way, deter illegal dumping behavior, and ensure code compliance. Also, the department is responsible for mosquito-control initiatives throughout the city.

Trash Pick-Up System

The City Department of Solid Waste sends garbage trucks to residents twice a week and recycling pickup once a week using a manual collection or an automated collection system. For more specific information, you can look up your neighborhood's collection days.

Residents in the pickup areas are entitled to receive two bulky waste pickups each year. Each pickup may consist of up to 25 cubic yards. You may schedule this pickup online or by calling 3-1-1.

You need to notify the city if you want to start a new waste collection service account, order a new waste or recycling cart, or report illegal dumping. Illegal dumping can occur in any neighborhood at any time of the day or night. Never confront an illegal dumper. Instead, write down details like the description of the vehicle, vehicle markings, or a license tag number and provide this information when reporting the crime. If you witness an illegal dumping incident, visit the report problems portal to report it online or call 3-1-1.

To report damaged waste and recycling carts damaged in the collection process, call 3-1-1, and Miami-Dade County will repair or replace your cart free of charge. If your cart is stolen, call the police department (non-emergency number) to obtain a case number. Contact 3-1-1 with the case number, and a replacement cart will be delivered to you at no charge.

About the Department of Solid Waste

The Department of Solid Waste owns and operates one of the most technologically advanced waste-to-energy facilities in the world. This facility, which is supported by two landfills and a regional transfer system, is the anchor of the county's disposal system. In all, the disposal system handles more than 1.3 million tons of waste each year.

The department collects refuse from roughly 320,000 households. Those households are located in the unincorporated areas of Miami-Dade County, including the cities of Doral, Miami Gardens, Miami Lakes, Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest, Sunny Isles, and Sweetwater. If you live in another area, your trash pickup is handled by your local municipality.

For a do-it-yourself dropoff disposal option, there are a number of trash and recycling centersopen every day with the exception of some holidays.

The county operates two home chemical collection centers that accept oil-based paints, pesticides, solvents, pool chemicals, unbroken fluorescent light bulbs (including older, long-tube fluorescents, modern compact fluorescent light bulbs [CFLs] and other fluorescent types), and other electronic waste.