Solid Waste and Recycling

The Solid Waste and Recycling Division provides garbage, vegetation, bulk and recycling collection services to all single family properties located within the city limits of Lake Worth Beach.

Holiday Schedule

The City collects solid waste and recycling on every holiday EXCEPT Thanksgiving and Christmas. Services scheduled for these holidays WILL NOT be rescheduled. Service will resume on your next regularly scheduled day.

To request solid waste and recycling containers, schedule a special collection or report a service issue, call or email our Customer Service Line at:

561-533-7344

solidwasteinfo@lakeworthbeachfl.gov

Residential Services


The Solid Waste and Recycling Division provides garbage, vegetation, bulk and recycling collection services to all single family properties located within the city limits of Lake Worth Beach.Multifamily properties with 8 units or less receive the same service as single family properties

Garbage Collection

The City provides residents with black containers for their household garbage and collects them 2 times per week.

Find out your Garbage Collection Schedule

Vegetation Collection

Vegetation is to be placed in the dark green container provided by the City and will be collected on selected days. The following items should be put into this container: bagged and un-bagged small yard waste such as grass, leaves, and branches. The lid must be closed for collection. Up to 4 cubic yards of extra yard waste will be picked up from the ground only if the container is full or the material is of such a size that it will not fit in the container.

Do’s and Don’ts for using your Garbage and Vegetation Containers

DO:

  • Place containers within 3 feet of the street and at least 5 feet from mailboxes, fire hydrants, utility poles, cars, etc.

DON’T:

  • Stack extra garbage and trash on the top of containers or alongside containers.
  • Put rocks, dirt, construction debris, and flammable or hazardous materials in the containers
  • Leave your garbage or vegetation container in view of any person using a public street anywhere in the city prior to 6:00 P.M. on the day before collection is expected.All containers must be removed from view by midnight on the day of collection.
Bulk Collection

Bulk Waste is collected once per month on a scheduled day. Residents can put out up to 4 cubic yards of material.

Accepted materials include:

  • Furniture
  • Mattresses
  • Appliances
  • Box Springs
  • Other Similar Items

Unacceptable materials include:

  • Rocks and dirt
  • Wood
  • Metal
  • Car Parts
  • Large Tree or Shrubbery Cuttings including, but not limited to:
    • Tree limbs and logs exceeding 2 inches in diameter
    • Stumps exceeding 15 inches in diameter or 50 pounds in weight
    • Palm fronds exceeding 4 feet in length
  • Construction Debris including roofing materials, cabinets, doors, drywall, fencing, concrete, plumbing fixtures, tubs
  • Tires
  • Steel
  • Hazardous Materials including oil, paint, and toxic chemicals
Recycling Collection

The City provides a 2-bin collection of recycling. Recycle Right by placing only the following items in your bins:

Blue Bin:

  • Plastic Bottles and Containers – Lids on; 2 gallons or less
  • Cans, Food and Beverage
  • Glass Bottles and Jars – Lids off
  • Cartons, Milk and Juice – Lids on
  • Drink Boxes – No pouches

Yellow Bin:

  • Cardboard - Flattened
  • Newspapers and Inserts – No plastic bags
  • Office and School Paper
  • Mail
  • Magazines
  • Dry Food Boxes – No food stains
  • Paper Bags
  • Cardboard Paper Rolls
  • Pizza Boxes – No food stains
Recycling Don’ts

We know everyone is eager to do their part and recycle as much as possible, but if an item isn’t listed above, it doesn’t belong in the bins, so please keep it out. By putting unacceptable materials in the bins, it can contaminate an entire load of recycling. When a load is contaminated, it may be rejected and require disposal. This results in higher costs for everyone.

Please keep these items out of your bins:

  • Plastic Wrap
  • Plastic Bags
  • Needles or Sharps
  • Styrofoam
  • Light Bulbs, Mirrors, Glass Plates, or Vases
  • Containers larger than 2 gallons
  • Plastic Furniture
  • Ceramics
  • Food Waste
  • Aluminum Foil and Pans
  • Shredded Paper
  • Plastic Eating Utensils and Straws
  • Paper Towels and Napkins
  • Coat Hangers
  • Air Filters
  • Paper items mixed in same bin as containers
Roll-Off Services

If you need to rent a roll-off for the collection of construction debris, please contact Waste Management at 1-800-269-0073. They are the only provider authorized to offer roll-off service within the City.

Non-Compliance Violations

In an effort to keep the City clean and ensure compliance with City codes, employees of the Solid Waste & Recycling Division will leave Non-Compliance Notices for violations. The violations can vary from misuse of a container to illegal construction debris left at the curb. Fees charged are in accordance with the City of Lake Worth Beach Schedule of Fees The violation notice and collection can occur on the same day. All fines will be added to your next utility bill. To avoid receiving a fine, please follow all collection guidelines and schedules. If you are unsure if you are will receive a fine, call us in advance of placing any items at the curb.

Home Chemical Disposal

Got old paint or electronics to dispose of? The Solid Waste Authority’s closest Home Chemical & Recycling Center is located at:

1810 Lantana Road Lantana, FL 33462

For more information, call the Solid Waste Authority 561-697-2700

FAQ

Why do I have to separate my recycling?

Separating the paper from the containers helps keep the material cleaner and more marketable. Once the materials collected for recycling get dirty, or contaminated, they may be rejected at the recycling facility and the City may be required to dispose of them at significant expense. End users of the recyclable materials can’t use contaminated materials. 

Why can’t I recycle shredded paper?

Unfortunately, shredded paper falls through the recycling processing equipment and ends up not getting recycled. The best way to dispose of it is to throw it in your garbage and it will be burned to create electricity at one of the county’s Renewable Energy Facilities.

How do I pay for these services?

Single family residents and multifamily properties with 8 or less units pay for these services on their property tax bill. There is one fee from the City, which is for collection services, and there is another fee from the Solid Waste Authority for disposal and other services, like Household Hazardous Waste Collection. Multifamily properties with 9 or more units and commercial establishments pay for collection and disposal on their utility bill.

Someone from the City took away my recycling bins/recycling cart. How come?

If a property continually has contaminated material in their bins/carts, the City may remove them.Contaminated bins can ruin an entire load of clean recyclables and will result in increased costs to everyone.

How do I know how much is 4 cubic yards?

A good estimate is the size of 2 refrigerators.

What if my container is damaged?

If a container is damaged, it will be repaired or replaced free of charge. However, if the cause of damage is abuse, mutilation, or modification, customers are responsible for purchasing a replacement container.

How do I identify my container?

Record the serial number located on the front side of the container and keep it with your household records. Residents cannot paint their name or address on the containers. The containers are the property of the city and they must remain with the house for use by the next resident.

How do I dispose of items that the City does not collect?

Contact the Solid Waste Authority at 561-697-2700 for more information.

Commercial Services


Dumpster Services

Customers can request various-sized dumpsters starting at 2 cubic yards up to 8 cubic yards with service a minimum of 2 times per week up to 6 times per week.

Roll-Off Services

If you need to rent a roll-off for the collection of construction debris, please contact Waste Management at 1-800-269-0073. They are the only provider authorized to offer roll-off service within the City.

Recycling

Businesses generate a lot of waste and much of that is recyclable. The City is committed to providing recycling service to businesses that want to be environmentally-friendly and reduce waste. We have staff available to assist with all aspects of implementing a program at your office, restaurant, and any other type of establishment. Here’s what we can do for you:

  • Meet with you to determine what your needs are
  • Conduct a waste audit to learn what type of recyclable material is generated by your business
  • Provide containers for inside and outside collection
  • Provide training and education for your staff
  • Provide educational materials
  • Evaluate your garbage collection needs as you may be able to reduce collection frequency and/or reduce the size of your garbage dumpster which will reduce your costs
Recycling Drop-Off Locations

There are several locations within the City where you can drop off cardboard and paper:

  • Parking Lot on the corner of North J Street and Lucerne Avenue
  • Parking Lot behind 701 Lake Avenue
  • Gaslight Business District, 1937 10th Avenue N
  • Fun Depot, 2001 10th Avenue N
  • Lake Worth Commerce Center, 1100 Barnett Drive
Non-Compliance Violations

In an effort to keep the City clean and ensure compliance with City codes, employees of the Solid Waste & Recycling Division will leave Non-Compliance Notices for violations. The violations can vary from misuse of a container to illegal construction debris left at the curb. Fees charged are in accordance with the City of Lake Worth Beach Schedule of Fees. The violation notice and collection by the City can occur on the same day. All fines will be added to your next utility bill. To avoid receiving a fine, please follow all collection guidelines and schedules. If you are unsure if you are will receive a fine, call us in advance of placing any items at the curb.

Recycling Services


Recycling is a great way to help keep our City clean and our environment happy! How, you ask? Recycling keeps valuable material from being disposed of and reduces our need for natural resources.It allows us to turn something that is no longer useful into something of value. For example:

  • Aluminum cans can be made into new aluminum cans
  • Steel cans can be made into new steel cans and other products
  • Glass can be used to make new glass bottles and jars and in road construction
  • Plastic bottles can be made into fabric and lumber
  • Paper can be turned into new paper, such as cereal boxes

In the City of Lake Worth Beach, we recycled over 1,726,000 pounds, or 863 tons, of material in just 6 months (October 2018 – March 2019)!

History

For many years, the City of Lake Worth Beach had a single-stream collection of recyclables. That means, we collected all types of recyclables in one container. While convenient for our residents, the contamination levels were around 40%. In order to process material this contaminated, the processing facility was going to charge the City a substantial fee for each ton delivered to their facility. As this was not an option for the City, a partnership was formed in 2018 with the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County for them to process the recyclables collected in the City. The partnership allows the City to receive a share of the revenue from the sale of the recyclables instead of paying for disposal. What’s the catch? They would only accept the material if collected in a 2-sort system (2 bins) to significantly reduce contamination levels. While it was a tough transition, it was necessary and it has resulted in an economically viable program. The City is committed to continually improving our recycling efforts and reduce the amount of garbage we dispose of.

Contamination – What’s the Big Deal?

Sometimes, people think they are doing the right thing by putting an item into their recycling container in hopes that it will be recycled. Unfortunately, it won’t be recycled.When people put the wrong items into their recycling containers, it’s called contamination and it’s a BIG issue for recycling. Why? It causes processing costs to increase and, if there is too much contamination in a load of recycling, it may require disposal at significant cost to the City.So, actually, you are a better recycler and doing more to help the environment by following collection guidelines and only putting acceptable items in your recycling containers.

One of the ways the City helps reduce contamination is by the special trucks we use.We use what’s known as a 60/40 split truck. It may look like a regular garbage truck, but it is specially designed with an interior wall to separate the truck into 2 compartments. One side is for the mixed items, such as bottles and cans, and the other side is for paper. Because it has 2 compartments, the materials never touch each other.

Buy Recycled

When you purchase items made from recycled materials, you help close the loop on recycling.It helps create a demand for the recycled material. Most of us already purchase recycled items and we don’t even realize it.Aluminum and steel cans, glass bottles and jars, and food cartons, like cereal boxes, all contain recycled content. Even the recycling bins you use have recycled content!

Some examples of products with recycled content are:

  • Copy paper, folders, binders and other office supplies
  • Pens, pencils and crayons
  • Playground mulch
  • Ceiling tiles
  • Flower pots
  • Insulation
  • Kitty litter
  • Plastic toys
Donate!

Instead of throwing away your unwanted items, please consider donating them to local charities:

  • Animal shelters always need your old sheets and towels
  • Extra non-perishable food can be donated to food pantries
  • Clothing, furniture and other household items in good condition can be donated to various organizations
  • Senior Centers and Assisted Living Facilities would welcome puzzles and magazines
  • Schools are always looking for various donations of items such as school supplies and gently used school uniforms

Be sure to check with the organization you wish to donate to before you drop anything off.


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Contact

561-533-7344

solidwasteinfo@lakeworthbeachfl.gov

1880 2nd Avenue N


Hours: 8:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.