Curbside Recycling Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of frequently asked questions regarding our curbside recycling program.

Program Materials

What materials can I place in the blue cart?

  • Plastics #1 and #2 (water bottles and milk jugs)
  • Cardboard (cut and flatten)
  • Paperboard (uncoated)
  • Mixed Paper (junk mail, newspapers, magazines, and office paper)
  • Aluminum and metal cans and lids, such as coffee cans and vegetable cans.
  • Glass Bottles

All recyclables must be clean and dry. Everything else can be disposed in the green bin to be processed to waste to energy.

What materials are not allowed in the blue cart?

  • Food contaminated items
  • Plastic Bags (recycle at your local grocery store only)
  • Yard Waste
  • Electronics
  • Polystyrene (Styrofoam)
  • Light bulbs
  • Batteries (tape ends of rechargeable and lithium ion batteries and place in plastic bag)
  • Plastics (hangers, plastic toys and flowerpots)
  • Wet cardboard and newspaper
  • Clothes and fabrics
  • Hazardous Material
  • Construction Debris

Do I need to rinse out my recyclables?

Yes. A quick rinse helps eliminate odors and contributes to cleaner processing. Make sure items are dry before placing in the blue cart to avoid mixed paper or cardboard from getting wet.

Can I place bottle caps in the blue cart?

Yes. Bottle caps can remain on bottle and placed in the blue bin. Bottles should be free of liquid.

What type of glass can I place in the blue cart?

Only wine bottles, beer bottles, and soft drink bottles of all colors may be placed in the blue bin.

What glass is not recyclable?

  • Dishware and figurines of glass, ceramic, and porcelain  
  • Crystal and stemware, and all drinkware  
  • Glass from windows, automobiles, mirrors, picture frames and tabletops
  • Monitors and screens of any type
  • Magnifying glass, eyewear, and marbles
  • Light bulbs

Can I place shredded paper in the blue cart?

No. Shredded paper should be bagged and placed in the green cart. Once paper products have been shredded they cannot be recycled in our curbside recycling program. If you wish to recycle shredded paper, please participate in our Shred-A-Thon event.

What type of cardboard may I recycle?

Corrugated cardboard may be recycled. Wet or greasy cardboard like pizza boxes or fast food boxes are considered a contaminate and belong in the garbage. Be sure to remove any plastic packaging or bags from your boxes and flatten your boxes to make more room in your bin for other recyclables. 

What type of paperboard may I recycle?

Uncoated paperboard such as cereal and snack boxes may be recycled. Please avoid recycling coated cartons such as those use in frozen food packaging and liquid cartons (milk and juice boxes, and aseptic containers).

Cart Information

Do I have to close the lid on my cart when setting it curbside?
Yes, it is important to keep the lid on your cart closed at all times. This keeps recyclables dry and prevents them from blowing out of the cart and littering your neighborhood.

It is past my usual pick-up time. What do I do?
While the truck drivers try to keep a consistent schedule, everything from vehicle maintenance to traffic to weather can affect the actual time that your recyclables will be collected. Hours of collection are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the scheduled service day. Please be patient. Leave your recycling cart curbside. If you are concerned that it’s getting too late, or if the other carts on your street have already been emptied, call Waste Pro at 954-282-6800. Please note that pick-up can also occur early. As long as your cart is curbside by 7am, your recycling will be collected. 

What should I do if my recycling cart is damaged or stolen?
If your recycling cart is damaged or stolen, please contact Waste Pro at 954-282-6800 for assistance with repairing or replacing it.

May I request an additional 64-gallon recycling cart?

Yes. Residents who routinely fill their 64-gallon carts to capacity via clean and proper recycling, may contact Waste Pro at 954-282-6800 to request an additional 64-gallon cart for a one-time $75.00 fee.

Multi-Family Home Recycling

The Curbside Recycling program is for our neighbors who live in single-family homes and low-density multi-family homes in Coral Springs (any residence who uses a roll-out cart placed curbside). Currently, all recycling at multi-family homes is processed at waste to energy.

Where may I drop-off my clean recyclables?

Resident can drop off recycling at our stationary areas located at: Mullins Park (2501 Coral Springs Drive) next to the Coral Springs Gymnasium, the Waste Transfer Station (12600 Wiles Road), and Whispering Woods Park (7701 Wiles Road).

How can my multi-family home building participate in curbside recycling?

Our new curbside recycling program started with single family homes in November 2021. During the first quarter of 2022 staff will return to the Commission with additional options and feedback regarding multi-family residences.