The average American produces 4.4 pounds of waste each day, in comparison with the global average of 2.6 pounds per day, the American average is almost double the amount of waste created by just 5% of the global population.
Reducing, Reusing and Recycling are some of the best ways to reduce one’s carbon footprint and the amount of waste you produce. The City of Coral Springs has partnered with Waste Pro for waste and recycling collection and to meet the Statewide Recycling Goal of 75% by 2020. You can view the City's Solid Waste and Recycling Strategic Plan to review what the City's plan is to meet that goal.
Recycling receptacles can be found at all City operated facilities. Through the City's Single Stream Recycling program, recycling is easier for residents, all items are now placed and collected in one bin, the blue cart at your home. Recycling of plastics numbers 1 -7 are all recyclable within the City, including cardboard, newspapers, magazines, metals, catalogs, junk mail, aluminum and glass. A full list of recyclables can be found on Waste Pro’s website.
- Remove caps from bottles
- Remove the plastics from your pasta boxes and mail
- Breakdown all boxes!
- Styrofoam is NOT recyclable
- Catalogs, junk mail and magazines are recyclable
- Cartons with food waste is not recyclable
- Pizza boxes are not recyclable
- Plastic bags and plastic packaging are recyclable, but NOT in your blue bin, please recycle these items at your local grocery or hardware store
- Get a full list of what is NOT recyclable, here.
Have personal or sensitive documents that need to be shredded? The City hosts shredding events for residents multiple times per year, so residents have an opportunity to shred personal documents that may contain sensitive information. All shredded paper is recycled. Keep an eye out on the City's homepage or Facebook page for upcoming Shred-A-Thon's.
Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is collected the first Saturday of each month at the City’s Waste Transfer Station, located at 12600 Wiles Road. For a fee, residents can contact Waste Pro for additional HHW pickup.
Have prescription medicines that need disposing? The City partners with Broward County Sheriff's Office to accept unwanted, unused or expired prescription medications for safe disposal. Please keep an eye out on the City's homepage or Facebook page for upcoming Prescription Drug Take Back Program. If you can't wait for the program, please visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration page for properly disposing of medicines.
The City understands the dangers associated with improperly disposing of electronic waste, this is why the City has adopted an end-of-life policy, partnered with ARC Tech in Fort Lauderdale to recycle all electronic equipment. In addition, the City operates several recycling programs for residents, including a Latex paint recycling program, Electronic recycling program and a Fluorescent light tube/Mercury device recycling program.
Tips to Reduce & Reuse:
- Reuse bags, containers and other items
- Purchase a reusable water bottle and/or coffee mug
- Borrow, rent or share items used infrequently
- Sell or donate goods instead of throwing them out
- Reduce the amount of unnecessary packaging
- Compost yard trimmings and food scraps
- Properly plan, prep and store food to waste less
- Recycle, sell or donate unwanted electronics
- Choose to go paperless on all billing
- Properly dispose of unwanted appliances by visiting EPA.gov/rad
Keep Coral Springs Beautiful is a program in partnership with Community Foundation of Broward which began in 2013. City-wide cleanups occur 4 times per year and to-date over 300+ volunteers have picked up more than 2,000 pounds of trash from our streets.
DID YOU KNOW...
- 30% of recycling is contaminated and diverted back to the landfill
- Only 1 in 5 plastic bottles in the U.S. is recycled
- 75% of the waste we produce is recyclable
- Broward County's Waste to Energy facility produces enough energy to power 38,000 Florida homes
- We generate 21.5 million tons of food waste each year
- The energy saved from recycling one bottle will power a 60 watt light bulb for 6 hours
- There are 5 trash vortexes in the ocean - the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the largest - this trash comprises of broken down pieces of trash that has comes from land and sea