Port St. Lucie residents can recycle with ease since single stream recycling began on May 1, 2014. All of your recyclables go in one cart, not two separate bins.
Single stream recycling refers to a system in which both the collection and processing systems are designed to handle all recyclables such as paper, plastics, metals and other containers. This streamlined process will reduce the carbon footprint and help maintain a clean and healthy environment.
This exciting program is the result of the efforts of the City of Port St. Lucie, St. Lucie County and Waste Pro working together to reduce costs and increase revenue through the added participation in recycling.
As part of this program, solid waste and recycling rates for Port St. Lucie residents are locked in through fiscal year 2019/2020. Residents currently pay $22.36 per month for trash pickup twice a week, recycling pickup once a week and yard waste pickup once a week. That rate for those services including single stream recycling will remain through 2020.
How to Prepare Recyclables and Use Your Carts
All household recyclables conveniently go into one cart; there is no need to sort items.
The cart is also equipped with an attached lid. The lid will keep loose items contained and prevent them from blowing out of the cart creating litter on your street.
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.
Place the cart with the lid opening facing the road. Please make sure it is at least 5 feet away from the mailbox to allow the automated arm of the truck to access the cart.
If you have questions about your recycling cart, please contact Waste Pro at (772) 595-9390.
Use your cart 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
- Newspapers and inserts
- Phone books
- Paperboard boxes (cereal, cookie boxes, tissue boxes, etc.)
- Cardboard boxes (must be flattened and cut to fit into the bin)
- Brown paper grocery bags
- Metal lids
- Metal toys
- Cookie sheets
- Manual can openers
Hazardous Waste and Electronic Waste (e-waste)
Household hazardous waste cannot be picked up with regular household garbage, but can be disposed in one of two ways: either through the city's yearly Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day or at the St. Lucie County Bailing and Recycling Facility.
Electronic Waste (E-Waste), such as computers, TVs, etc. can be scheduled for a special pickup by Waste Pro and delivered to the landfill as hazardous waste.
Questions or Want to Recycle More?
We have answers to some frequently asked questions about single stream recycling.
Single stream recycling can be just the beginning of your effort to reduce the amount of solid waste that is delivered to the landfill. The City of Port St. Lucie understands the tremendous impact on the environment when every resident joins in the effort to reduce, reuse, and recycle. We have created a detailed guide to recycling that will help you in your efforts.
Recycle Cell Phones
Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful (KPSLB) has partnered with Call2Recycle since 2006 to collect cell phones and rechargeable batteries. Call2Recycle sends KPSLB empty boxes, and once full, the boxes are shipped back to the company for recycling at no charge to KPSLB. Residents can drop off and recycle cell phones at City Hall (Buildings A and B) and at the Community Center.