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Residential Recycling
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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 county provides every household with two blue recycling bins. The bins are property of Indian River County and should remain with household even if you move. Waste Management provides curbside recycling pick up for the City of Vero Beach and the north portion of the county including the City of Sebastian and the City of Fellsmere. Treasure Coast Refuse provides curbside pick up in the southern part of the county. If you are buying or renting a pre-existing home and the two blue recycling bins are missing, please telephone the Indian River County Solid Waste Disposal District (SWDD) at 770-5112. If you have a broken or cracked bin and wish to replace it, please bring the damaged bin to one of the following locations for replacement:

  • Utilities Operations Building - 4350 41st Street Vero Beach (Northwest corner of 41st St and 43rd Ave) Monday- Friday 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 772-226-3400
  • Indian River County Landfill- 1325 74th Avenue SW Vero Beach (off of Oslo Road) Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 772-770-5112
  • Keep Indian River Beautiful - 1255 Main Street Sebastian. Call 772-388-5472 for days and hours.
  • Curbside Garbage Collection Service: Treasure Coast Refuse 772-562-6620 Waste Management 772-569-1776

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. If you live in the Vero Beach City Limits, Orchid Island, Gifford, Winter Beach, Fellsmere or Sebastian, please call Waste Management at 770-3179 to find out what day your recyclables are collected. If you live South of the Vero Beach City Limit OR in Indian River Shores please call Treasure Coast Refuse at 562-6620 to find out what day your recyclables are collected.

Recycling Information
  • Blue Bin Recycling
  • Plastic
  • Newspaper
  • Glass
  • Cans
  • Sharps
  • Electronics

In one bin place:

  • PLASTIC CONTAINERS- No. 1 through 7 containers only: DISCARD lids. Recycle food and beverage bottles, cleaning products, shampoos, bleaches, clear, cloudy or clear OK. No pesticide, motor oil, medicine, automotive fluid or hazardous chemical bottles. Please rinse. NEVER, dispose of needles or "sharps" products with your recyclables.
  • GLASS- green, brown and clear glass bottles and jars. DISCARD lids. Labels are OK. Please rinse.
  • ALUMINUM CANS, ALUMINUM FOIL, PIE PLATES, & TRAYS
  • STEEL CANS- all aluminum and other metal cans. DISCARD lids; labels are OK. Please rinse.
  • AEROSOL CANS- No Household Hazardous Waste ASEPTIC PACKAGING- Juice & Milk Cartons
In the other bin place:
  • NEWSPAPER- loose newspapers and inserts
  • PHONE BOOKS
  • ENVELOPES/JUNK MAIL
  • OFFICE PAPER
  • SHREDDED PAPER- Place in Clear Plastic Bag
  • CATALOGS/MAGAZINES
  • BROWN PAPER BAGS
  • OTHER PAPER PRODUCTS- Cereal/Food Boxes, Pizza Boxes, Soda & Beer Boxes CORRUGATED CARDBOARD- Flattened (No Larger than 2’x3’)
Blue Bins Overflowing? You may place overflow in any open-top container (excluding bags and garbage cans) next to your blue bins for recycling collection. Items will be sorted and the container will be left on the curb. Reminders:
  • Rinse recyclables
  • Discard lids
  • Don't bag or tie recyclables
  • No Plastic Bags or Wrap
  • Set recyclables out at the curb by 6:30 a.m.
  • If plastic container doesn't have a No. 1 through 7, it will not be accepted and left in your bin.

Plastic Recycling DO'S and DON'T'S In Indian River County, we recycle plastic bottles No. 1 through 7. You can identify the bottles by the number on the bottom of the container. The reason why No. 1 through 7 containers are able to be recycled is because they are not as dense as other numbered plastics. Plastic bags and wrap are NOT accepted. Please make sure lids are removed and containers are rinsed well.
   
DO RECYCLE THESE
DON'T RECYCLE THESE
Soda pop bottles
Milk jugs
Water jugs
Juice bottles
Syrup bottles
Ketchup bottles
Dish detergent bottles
Laundry Detergent bottles
Bleach bottles
Fabric softener bottles
Floor cleaner bottles
Shampoo/ Conditioner bottles
Mouthwash bottles
Alcoholic Beverage Containers
Microwave entrée dishes
Butter tubs
Yogurt tubs
Ice Cream containers
Windshield washer bottles
Car wax/polish bottles
Tupperware containers
Flower/Tree pots
Medicine bottles
Foam cups
Plastic wrap
Sandwich bags
Bread bags
Antifreeze bottles
Motor oil containers
Pesticide bottles
Foam food boxes
Plastic bags
Paint, solvent containers
Glue bottles
Since our Expanded Curbside Recycling Program that started October 1, 2008, we are now able to accept more than just newspaper and inserts.

Place the following in the pager bin:
  • NEWSPAPER- loose newspapers and inserts
  • PHONE BOOKS
  • ENVELOPES/JUNK MAIL
  • OFFICE PAPER
  • SHREDDED PAPER- Place in Clear Plastic Bag
  • CATALOGS/MAGAZINES
  • BROWN PAPER BAGS
  • OTHER PAPER PRODUCTS- Cereal/Food Boxes, Pizza Boxes, Soda & Beer Boxes
  • CORRUGATED CARDBOARD- Flattened (No Larger than 2’x3’)
Glass products can be placed in the bin that contains plastics and aluminum cans. We accept green, brown and clear bottles. Remove lids and rinse well. Labels are OK.

DO RECYCLE THESE
Green bottles
Brown bottles
Clear bottles
Aluminum and steel cans should be placed in the bin that contains glass and plastic items.

   
DO RECYCLE THESE
DON'T RECYCLE THESE
Soda pop cans
Coffee cans
Fruit cans
Pie tins
Cookie/Popcorn tins
Pet food cans
Vegetable cans
Soup cans
Aerosol can (non-hazardous waste)
Aerosol cans with Hazardous Waste
Paint
"Sharps" are items that can puncture or penatrate the skin, such as needles, razor blades, etc… Many people use sharps/needles to administer medication. Sharps are NOT accepted at the curbside, please DO NOT put sharps in recycling bin or regular trash.

Throwing away sharps can cause many problems:
  • They clog sewers and lift stations.
  • They end up at recycling centers.
  • They puncture solid waste containers and place workers along collection routes and at the landfill at risk of injury and/or disease.
  • They threaten public safety.
Sharps can be contaminated with Hepatitis, HIV (the virus that causes AIDS) and other serious or fatal disease. Indian River County Solid Waste Disposal District provides free "sharps" containers at any of the five convenience centers and the landfill. Other acceptable containers are coffee cans and bleach bottles. When the container is ¾ full, tape the lid on it with duct tape and clearly mark the container with the word "SHARPS". Take the container to any of the convenience centers, the landfill or the health department located at 1900 27th St. VB. And NEVER, NEVER, NEVER put "sharps" containers in your recycling bins or trash.

You may bring sharps/needles in appropriate container to the Heath Department for exchange for a new container. Or you may take full containers to any one of the five convenience centers or the landfill for proper disposal and to exchange for a new container.

Public Health Department
1900 27th Street
Vero Beach
(772) 794-7440

Monday - Friday (except Holidays)
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Electronics are recycled year round at the Indian River County Main Landfill at 1325 74th Ave SW & at all Five of the Customer Convenience Centers. List of accepted electronic items
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