Curbside Recycling Dos & Don’ts

Living in a tropical paradise has many perks. South Florida’s winter weather is the envy of everyone across the county. The beaches and outdoor activities are second to none. And, the economy and cultural institutions are welcoming to people of all backgrounds. Part of the allure of living in the City of Fort Lauderdale is the excellent city services, including waste removal. Fort Lauderdale provides curbside recycling as part of the weekly trash pickup. 

Recycling is a simple and effective step that everyone can take to protect the environment, save energy and reduce pollution. Every day we come across hundreds of items that can be recycled. However, not everything can be recycled via the curbside recycling bins. 

The demand for recycled materials has declined globally over the past five years. In fact, prices paid for recycled plastics have dropped by 50% during that period. These market forces have put the economic viability of recycling programs under pressure. One of the best ways you can help the continued success of any recycling program is to know what to recycle and what not  to put into the recycling bin.

Plastic bags and food contamination are the two biggest problems impacting recycling efforts. If we all do our part, we can continue to impact our environment without impacting our lifestyle!

Items to Recycle:

  • Plastic Bottles
  • CLEAN Cardboard Boxes
  • Junk Mail
  • File Folders
  • Newspapers
  • Glass
  • Plastic Milk Jugs
  • Cereal Boxes 

  DO NOT to Put in Curb-Side Bins

  • Plastic Bags of ANY type
  • Pizza Boxes
  • Styrofoam
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Batteries
  • Toys
  • Tires
  • Electronics
  • Diapers
  • Ceramics
  • ANYTHING Contaminated with Food