FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: What should I do with my old small recycle bin?
A: You may keep it for personal use such as storage or you may dispose of it at one of the local NET Offices in your area. Contact 311 for your local NET Office.

Q: Do I have to remove wrappers from aluminum cans and glass bottles and jars?
A: No, but please empty all remaining food and liquid from them. This will help keep your cart clean while aiding in the recycling pro-cess.

Q: What should I do with fluorescent light bulbs?
A: Residents wishing to dispose of fluorescent light bulbs are asked to contact the Miami-Dade County Home Chemical Collection Center at 311.

Q: Can paper or Styrofoam food containers and Styrofoam egg crates be recycled?
A: No, paper or Styrofoam food containers should go in the garbage. Many supermarkets like Publix will accept Styrofoam egg crates for recycling. They can also be reused for painting projects or other craft projects.

Q: What should I do with a large quantity of cardboard that does not fit inside the blue recycle cart?
A: Any small flatten cardboard boxes can fit inside your blue recycle cart. If you have a large quantity of cardboard, you can take it to a local paper recycler.

Q: Can I recycle yogurt and cottage cheese containers?
A: No. Please recycle narrow neck plastic bottles only such as soda and water bottles, cleaning products such as window cleaner, bath-room products such as shampoo and other food items such as ketchup etc.

Q. Can I recycle aerosol and other steel cans?
A: No. Aerosol cans can be placed in your green garbage cart. Since aerosol cans are made of steel, it is automatically recycled at Miami Dade County's waste to energy facility. It is collected there by a large magnet and then sold to a metals recycler.

Q: Where do the recyclables collected at the curb go?
A: We are fortunate in the south to have reasonably good markets for recyclables. All materials go through an intermediate processor who prepares the materials for markets and ships them to the various paper mills, plastic, glass or aluminum plants. The City does receive some revenue for most of the materials, which is put towards the overall program cost. Revenues generate less than 10% of the overall program cost.

Q: What if I live in an apartment complex? Will the City provide recycling at our condo/apartment complex?
A: No, the City only provides recycling to single family residences or an apartment complex of three units or less. City ordinance re-quires all commercial residences to recycle. If you wish to contact us regarding recycling in your building, please click here to fill out our recycling verification form.

Q: How is the success of the recycling program measured?
A: One determinate of success is participation. Placing your blue cart out on scheduled pickup dates is considered participating. Another determinate of success is the quality of the materials placed in your blue cart. By sticking to the guidelines provided by the department and placing your blue carts out on scheduled pickup days, you are helping with the success of the City of Miami Recycling Program.

Q: Who can I call with questions?
A: For general questions about recycling, please call 311.