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Recycling

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The City of Port St. Lucie understands the tremendous impact made in our environment when every resident joins in the effort to reduce, reuse, and recycle. However, determining what items can be recycled is sometimes confusing. The city hopes the list below will help in eliminating that confusion.

Waste Pro is happy to supply any resident with free blue and green recycling bins. To receive yours, simply call Waste Pro at (772) 595-9390, and the bins will be delivered right to your door.

Single stream recycling coming soon

Please note that effective May 1, 2014, Port St. Lucie residents will be able to recycle with ease when a new single single stream recycling program goes into effect.

Get details about single stream recycling.

Blue bins

Use the blue bins to recycle the following items:

  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Aluminum cans
  • Steel cans (tin cans)
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Drink boxes
  • Milk and juice cartons
  • Aluminum pie plates
  • Aluminum foil
  • Rigid plastic containers

Green bins

Use the green bins, to recycle the following items:

  • Newspapers and inserts
  • Phone books
  • Magazines
  • Catalogs
  • Paperboard boxes (cereal, cookie boxes, tissue boxes, etc.)
  • Cardboard boxes (must be flattened and cut to fit into bin)
  • Brown paper grocery bags

Note: Do NOT place plastic foam such as Styrofoam in bins

Preparing your recyclables

Before placing recyclables in bins:

  • Empty and rinse containers, pie plates and aluminum foil; otherwise, these items will become breeding grounds for bacteria and cannot be recycled after pick-up
  • Remove and discard caps and straws (these are not recyclable)
  • No plastic bags, bulbs, ceramics or junk mail

Curbside tips

  • In stormy weather stack papers on the bottom of the bins
  • Place bins at the curbside no further than 6 feet from street
  • Only use recycling bins for recyclables
  • All items must be in the bin to be collected; items not in the bin will not be collected

Hazardous waste

The following is a list of common household hazardous waste:

  • Adhesives
  • Auto fluids and batteries
  • Degreasers
  • Electronics
  • Fertilizers
  • Fluorescent bulbs
  • Fungicides
  • Gasoline
  • Herbicides
  • Household chemicals
  • Household cleaners
  • Items containing mercury
  • Lead acid batteries
  • Oil-based paints, thinners*
  • Pesticides
  • Photographic chemicals
  • Pool chemicals
  • Propane tanks
  • Smoke detectors
  • X-rays

Household hazardous waste cannot be picked up with regular household garbage, but can be disposed of in two ways:

  1. The Public Works Department hosts a free Hazardous Household Waste Drop-off Day once a year. The department also has free drop-off sites at city buildings for rechargeable batteries (cell phones, etc.). Call (772) 871-5100 for more information.
  2. The St. Lucie County Bailing and Recycling Facility accepts many of these items. Call (772) 462-1768 for hours and for information about what will be accepted . This facility is located at 6120 Glades Cutoff Road, Ft. Pierce.

Please note:

Latex (or water-based) paint is NOT considered hazardous waste but it can cause hazardous conditions to the public if not properly dried out before disposal. All latex paint must be solidified prior to collection by Waste Pro so that the paint does not leak from the garbage trucks onto our roads and ultimately other vehicles. We recommend using cat litter to dry up any unwanted latex paint. Another option is to air dry in sunny conditions for several days before setting out for disposal. If you have additional questions about latex paint disposal, please contact Waste Pro.

Used needles ("sharps") are also NOT considered hazardous waste, but you should take certain precautions with them before placing them in your household trash. The Florida Department of Health has an informative pamphlet on the subject, titled "How to Safetly Throw Away Needles at Home."

E-Waste

The following is a list of common E-Waste items:

  • Televisions
  • Computers
  • Printers
  • Fluorescent light bulbs
  • Copiers
  • Fax machines
  • VCRs
  • Stereo equipment

Electronic Waste (E-Waste) can be scheduled for a special pickup by Waste Pro and delivered to the landfill as hazardous waste. Residential customers within the city and county are eligible for this service.  Commercial businesses must be within the city limits. 

Call (772) 595-9390 for more information.

Other resources

There are many great sources of information on the Web for recycling information. We have gathered some of these recycling resources together for you.