The City of Key West, Florida

The Southernmost City in the Continental United States


Recycling, Yard Waste, Garbage

The City of Key West Utilities Department Solid Waste Division is responsible for handling solid waste in a way that is safe, timely and environmentally friendly as possible.  We provide trash, recycling, yard waste, bulky waste services as well as, Household Hazardous Waste (household chemicals) and End-of-Life Electronics services and collection.

For more information about programs, services, how to contact Waste Management and any concerns contact:

Dee Dee Green

Solid Waste, Recycling, Education Outreach

& Keep Key West Beautiful Coordinator


To set up Commercial Service contact:

Waste Management Inc, FL 305-296-8297

To request bulk waste pickup contact:

Waste Management Inc., FL 305-296-8297

To report a missed pickup contact Waste Management 305-296-8297 or City of Key West 305-809-3776


Recycling is single stream recycling, which allows residents and businesses to place all recyclables - plastics, cardboard, cans, junk mail - into a single bin for separation at the Waste Management Recycling Materials Recovery facility in Pembroke Pines.    Recycling is not allowed to be in bags, if it is it will not be picked up.  Also recycle bins contaminated with garbage will not be picked up.  Waste Management Inc, FL picks up all residents recycling, businesses are able to contract any provider for recycling services or haul recycling themselves.  Recycling is accepted at the City of Key West Solid Waste Transfer Station for no charge.

Yard Waste

Yard waste must be loose in the containers, not in plastic bags, please, or in a large paper bag.  Yard waste is all the plant material in your yard, not water hoses, etc.  The Division of Solid Waste has yard waste stickers available for no charge, you may pick them up at the Utilities Office at City Hall, 1300 White Street.  For large amounts of yard waste (for example cutting down a tree) you can call Waste Management Inc, FL or any hauler for an estimate for pickup or haul it to the City of Key West Solid Waste Transfer Station.


Garbage is collected once a week for residents.  It must be in a sealed garbage bag in a garbage cart.  If you have extra garbage you can place in beside your can for collection on garbage day or haul it to the City of Key West Solid Waste Transfer Station.  Businesses must contact Waste Management Inc., FL for garbage service and all businesses are required to have a minimum of one pickup a week.

City Code 58-31 states containers may not be placed in City Right of Way before 4:00pm the day before collection and must be removed by 8:00pm the day of collection.  It is against City Code to leave containers in the street or on the sidewalk.

The City of Key West has a Solid Waste Master Plan for the City. The goal with this plan is to create a map to guide the City towards increasing our recycling rate, maximizing our waste diversion, and creating a pathway towards a zero-waste community.

If you have any questions call the Recycling Coordinator at 305-809-3776

Key West Pick Up Days map Recycling Materials Accepted



All of the following can be recycled:

·       Rinsed glass bottles and jars. Please remove the lids and include them in your recycling. No mirrors or window glass.

·       Rinsed Aluminum and metal cans

·       Rinsed milk and juice cartons

·       Cardboard

·       Regular paper

·       Magazines

·       Newspapers and junk mail, even envelopes with plastic "windows"

·       Boxboard: The type of material most food and cereal boxes are made from

·       Clean aluminum foil

·       Any plastics marked with #1 through #7 including plastic drinking straws, clean plastic plates and plastic flatware. No Styrofoam. 

You can also go to the Waste Management, Inc. website to learn what they accept in their recycling program.

Downloadable list in other languages include: English, Spanish, Creole, Russian, Czech, and Hungarian.


Recycle list English


Recycle List Spainish


Recycle list Creole


Recycling List Russian


Recycling List in Czech HungarianRecycling List Hungarian


Household Hazardous (Chemical) Waste and End-of-Life Electronics 

The City of Key West and Waste Management team up monthly to provide this free drop off First Saturday at Sonny McCoy Indigenous Park, 1801 White Street, on the first Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. until noon.  All these items can be recycled but most never be placed in your recycling cart or garbage cart.

Drop offs are limited to residents only. No commercial waste can be accepted.

This Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Drop-off Day provides a safe and environmentally sound way to get rid of hard-to-dispose-of items.

The items that will be accepted are: gasoline (up to 5 gallons in a leak proof container), paints, stains, preservatives, pesticides, fertilizers, roofing compounds, waste oil and cooking oil, resins and solvents, adhesives and caulks, corrosives and acids, cleaning products, and automotive fluids.  Electronics are also be accepted: microwaves, TV's, computers, game systems, speakers, telephones, circuit boards, etc.  for more information contact Dee Dee Green at 305-809-3776.

Monroe County offers Household Hazardous Waste and End of Life Electronics drop off during the week, for residents and businesses, at different locations in the Keys.  Here is a link to the Monroe County web page .  The closest site to the City of Key West is Cudjoe Transfer Station.  They accept electronics Monday - Saturday from 8:00am to 4:00pm.  The accept HHW the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 10:00am - 2:00 pm.  The number to Cudjoe Transfer Station is 305-745-2513.



Contact Us

Dee Dee Green,
Solid Waste Coordinator
1300 White St
Key West, FL 33040
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  • Phone: (305) 809-3776
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