Recycling Program at a Glance
- Single Stream recycling program where all recyclables can be mixed into one container. No more sorting!
- All residences are provided with a blue 64-gallon cart with wheels and a lid (with the exception of Indian River Shores).
- Recycling will be picked up once-a-week.
- Tilt your cart back on its wheels, roll it to the curb, and place it with the opening facing the street.
- The county provides free curbside collection (included in your Solid Waste Assessment Fee).
Frequently Asked Questions:
ē How do I use my recycle cart?
Instructions for cart usage will be attached to the recycling cart and the garbage cart upon delivery. We ask that you place your carts within three feet from the curb with the opening facing the street. There should be about three feet of clearance around your cart to allow the new automated trucks to service the cart with a mechanical arm.
• Why did I receive a blue cart if I didn’t subscribe for service?
The county provides weekly curbside recycling collection for residents. This service is included in your solid waste assessment, so recyclables are picked up curbside even if you do not subscribe for garbage service. The convenience of the new carts are part of a strategic effort to increase recycling in Indian River County.
• When is my service day?
Your service day is on the lid of your cart but you may also type in your address at
Find My Curbside Pickup Day
• Can I request a different sized cart?
Yes. Try out the cart for the first three months, which include the holiday season to see how it works for you. After January 1, 2016, there is an opportunity to exchange your 64-gallon cart to either a 96-gallon or 35-gallon cart depending on your needs. This one-time exchange will be free; however, any future exchanges will cost $30 per cart per exchange. Please keep in mind that the capacity of the smallest cart is less than the capacity of the two 18 gallon recycling bins that were previously being used.
• What do I do with my old recycling bins?
You may keep your blue bins or you may recycle them. Recycling options include delivering the unwanted recycle bin to a Customer Convenience Center or placing the empty bin curbside, next to your cart, on your recycle collection day the week October 5th. Please do not put the recycling bins in the garbage or recycling cart.
• Why are we changing the recycling program?
The State of Florida has a goal of achieving a 75% recycling rate by the year 2020. This basically means that 75% of the material that we throw out in our trash should be recycled. We are at a 33% recycling rate now so the transition to single stream recycling is just one of the many ways we are trying work with our residents and local businesses to reach 75% by 2020!
The county provides residential curbside recycling collection for residents. The charge is included in your solid waste assessment in an effort to encourage recycling. The bins are property of Indian River County and should remain with household even if you move.
Curbside recycling collection is provided one day per week everywhere in the county except in Indian River shores where it is collected every other week. Treasure Coast Refuse (aka Republic Services) provides curbside recycling pickup in Indian River Shores and can be reached at their local number at 772-562-6620. Waste Management provides curbside recycling pick up for all other areas in the county, including the City of Fellsmere, the City of Sebastian, the city of Vero Beach, and the Town of Orchid. The local office for Waste Management may be reached at 772-569-1776.
What can I put in my cart?:
There are lots of things that can be placed in your curbside cart:
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Here is a list of items you can put in your cart:
PLASTICS: All plastic containers except for plastic bags or plastic film. Bulky rigid plastics, for example, buckets, flower pots (no soil), and laundry baskets. Please empty, lightly rinse and discard caps.
PAPER: All paper not contaminated by food, including newspaper, magazines, catalogs, telephone books, junk mail, office paper, cardboard, paper bags, paperboard food boxes including clean pizza boxes, chipboard paper, file folders, envelopes with and without windows, paperback books, mixed paper, paper towel and toilet tissue rolls etc.
ASEPTIC FOOD AND BEVERAGE CARTONS: All juice boxes, milk and juice containers, and soup and broth containers. Please no juice pouches or straws. Please empty, lightly rinse and discard caps.
FOOD AND BEVERAGE CONTAINERS: All aluminum and steel cans, empty aerosol cans, clean foil, aluminum pie plates and trays. Please empty and lightly rinse. Aluminum tabs and steel caps are acceptable.
GLASS: All glass bottles and jars. Please empty, lightly rinse and include metal caps separately in the cart.
SCRAP METAL: All scrap metal items that can fit in the cart are acceptable.
Here is a list of what NOT to put in your cart:
Electronics, Hoses, Pyrex Cookware, Styrofoam, Six Pack Rings, Plastic Bags, Clothing, Rubber Items, Ceramics, Shrink Wrap, Plastic Bottle Caps, Candles with Wax and Window Glass. More items may apply and this list may be expanded in the future. If you have any questions, please call (772) 770-5112.
Shredded paper: The new processor will not accept shredded paper as a recyclable item because the small pieces fall through their conveyors and ends up going into the landfill. Since shredded paper should be placed in the garbage, we encourage you to shred confidential information only and donít shred more paper than necessary. Consider tearing it up and placing it in your recycling cart. Shredded paper can also be used for compost, packing material or bedding for small animals. There are also local stores that will recycle shredded paper for a minimal fee.