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Broward County’s Waste and Recycling Services kids corner recycling page. Everything you need to know about recycling. It’s the wonderful world of waste where Broward County makes garbage go away in the most Earth-friendly way!

What Is the Wonderful World of Waste?

The Wonderful World of Waste describes Broward County's complete and modern methods for handling trash created by its residents. Managed by Solid Waste and Recycling Services, Broward County's waste disposal system begins with recovering (or saving) resources through recycling.

If it isn't recyclable, the next option for your garbage is incineration (or burning). Broward County uses two waste-to-energy (WTE) plants to make clean energy from burning garbage. As one of the few counties in the country with one WTE plant--and one of even fewer with two plants-- Broward County is doubly dedicated to making sure its garbage is disposed of efficiently.

The garbage that can't be burned is buried at Broward County's sanitary landfill. Garbage that is toxic (or dangerous to the environment) is collected through a program called Household Hazardous Waste (HHW).

About Recycling

What is Recycling?
Recycling is when something old is made into something new. See how the items you recycle make a difference in the conversionator.


How do I Recycle?
In Broward County, residents can recycle in many ways. Some residents who live in single-family houses can recycle at their curbside by placing their filled recycling bin, bags or cart outside for pick-up. Other residents, who live in multi-family homes, like apartment buildings, can take their recyclables to the large recycling roll-off container shared with their neighbors. Residents can also recycle at Broward County public schools, government buildings and parks. Since you can recycle different things in different places, here's a list to help you:


What to Recycle at Home

Instead of placing items into two separate containers, the following can all be placed in the same container (whether it is a recycling bin, two bins, bags, or a recycling cart):

Place these items in your single-stream cart or bin(s):

  • Newspapers, inserts, catalogs, magazines, junk mail, office paper, soft-covered books, file folders, soda cartons, and crushed boxes from items such as cereal, tissues, rice and pasta
  • Plastic containers (narrow necks only) such as bottles (without caps or lids) and milk, water, detergent and shampoo containers (without caps or lids)
  • Glass food and beverage containers, milk/juice cartons and drink boxes
  • Aluminum and steel food and beverage containers
  • Cardboard from non-food items such as shipping boxes

DO NOT place these items in your single-stream cart or bin(s):

  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Plastic bags
  • Certain glass products including window or auto glass, light bulbs, mirrors, glass cookware or bakeware and ceramics
  • Paint and pesticides
  • Electronic waste and accessories
  • Medical waste and pharmaceuticals
  • Household garbage and waste such as gas cylinders, tanks, rocks, dirt, building debris, flammables, small appliances
  • Pizza boxes
  • Miscellaneous plastics (toys, cups, etc.)


What to Recycle at School (Broward County Public School Program)

In paper recycling bins (found in classrooms, offices, next to copier) place:
Office paper
Copier paper
Fax paper
File folders
Newspapers and inserts
Cardboard (flattened)
Self-adhesive notes
Envelopes

In bins marked "Bottles and Cans" (in break areas and lounges) place:
Aluminum and steel cans
Plastic bottles (narrow-neck bottles only: milk jugs, water bottles, soda bottles, etc.)


Here are some fun places you can go to learn about recycling yourself!

http://www.epa.gov/recyclecity