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Important information about recycling

What is happening that is forcing Cities to make changes to their recycling program?

The Big Story began about two years ago when China, the largest importer of recyclable materials from the United States determined that due to high contamination levels, it was in their best interest to no longer accept contaminated materials from us. Combine that with no/low market demand for glass and plastics #3 thru #7, as well as the low value of recycled paper in the market, the costs of processing these materials has skyrocketed. So much so, that the City of Coconut Creek historically received approximately $40,000 per year from the processing and sale of recyclable materials, which were used to offset the overall costs associated with waste collection. Now we are paying over $200,000 per year for the processing and that is after the sale of the materials. Additionally, the City of Coconut Creek’s contamination rate fluctuates between 30% and 40% which means that approximately a third of all our recyclables are ultimately ending up in the landfill, as it is not cost effective for the Processor to separate them out; and some of the materials like plastic bags damage their equipment.

Residential Single Stream Recycling

The City of Coconut Creek uses single stream recycling, which means that all recyclable materials can be placed in the same cart. Your recycling is on your second garbage collection day of the week.

These carts can be filled with accepted recyclable materials only and not used for trash. When putting the cart out for collection, the lid should always be in the closed position to protect from rain or other contamination.


Acceptable Items:

  • Plastic bottles and jugs such as milk, soda, water, detergent and shampoo containers labeled #1 or #2.
  • Corrugated cardboard boxes such as those used for shipping. Flatten and place in cart.
  • Empty aluminum and steel cans.

Remember, before placing recyclables in your single-stream cart, make sure to:

  • Rinse containers
  • Remove straws
  • Do not put garbage or food waste in with recyclables

Unacceptable Items:

  • Plastic bags
  • Styrofoam
  • Glass
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Paint and pesticides
  • Electronic waste and accessories
  • Medical waste and pharmaceuticals
  • Waste such as gas cylinders, tanks, rocks, dirt, building debris, flammables and small appliances
  • Pizza boxes with food scraps
  • Milk / juice cartons and drink boxes
  • Newspaper / other paper
  • Plastics that are not bottles

Business Recycling Program

The City of Coconut Creek has partnered with Republic Services to offer Single-Stream Recycling to City businesses at great rates using 95 gallon carts. No sorting of materials. All in one cart. Save money by reducing your garbage service.

1st Cart: $13.75 / month
Additional Carts: $13.75 / month
Participants Get: Start-up training, window decal, mention on city social media.