Single Stream Recycling

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What is Single Stream Recycling?

Single stream recycling refers to our system in which all kinds of recyclables are put into a single bin by residents. Recyclables include items such as bottles, cans, jars and jugs made of aluminum, glass, plastic, steel and/or tin, along with cardboard, paper and paperboard. 

Recycling Carts

All single-family households in unincorporated St. Lucie County and the City of Port St. Lucie have a green 64-gallon recycling cart with wheels and an attached lid for Single Stream Recyclables.  If you live in a building without recycling, you can still recycle!  Just bring your recyclables to 6120 Glades Cut-Off Road, Fort Pierce, FL 34981.  Upon arrival, drive straight ahead to the Scale House, pull onto the scale closest to the window, and let the operator know what items you are dropping off and they will direct you. 

Please place only the following un-bagged recyclables in your Recycling Cart:

Bottles, Containers, Jars, Jugs
Made of  Plastic #1-#7 or Glass
Empty & Rinse. NO Plastic Bags.

Cans
Beverage & Food Cans made of Aluminum, Steel or Tin
Empty, Rinse & Recycle!

Cardboard Boxes 
Moving, Shipping, Shoe Boxes, etc.
Remove Packing Material/Plastic Wrap and Flatten.  NO Greasy Pizza Boxes.

Paper
Catalogs & Magazines, Envelopes, Mail, Newspaper & Inserts, Office & Writing Paper, Postcards
Clean, Dry & Flat.  NO Shredded Paper.

Paperboard Boxes
Cereal, Cracker, Pasta, Snack Boxes, etc.
Remove Plastic Bags & Plastic Wrap.

Cookie Sheets, Lids, Pots & Pans 
made of metal 

Please do NOT place any of the following items in Recycling Carts:

Batteries** Rechargeable batteries are considered Household Hazardous Waste.  Visit our Battery Disposal/Recycling page for more information.

Bottle Caps (loose) Loose Bottle Caps are not recyclable. Please make sure they are securely placed on bottles before recycling. If loose, please place these in your household garbage for disposal.

Cartons Gable top or aseptic cartons are not currently recyclable in St. Lucie County.  Please place these in your household garbage for disposal.

Ceramics Ceramics are not recyclable. Please place these in your household garbage for disposal.

Clothes Clothing is not recyclable. Please consider donating old clothing before placing it in your household garbage for disposal.

Electronics** There is a separate recycling program for electronics. Visit our Electronic Recycling page for more information.

Fire Extinguishers** Fire Extinguishers are considered Household Hazardous Waste and cannot be placed in household garbage or recycling. Visit our Household Hazardous Waste page for more information.

Fluorescent Bulbs** Fluorescent Bulbs contain a small amount of mercury and cannot be placed in household garbage or recycling. Please see our Fluorescent Bulbs page for more information. 

Hangers Plastic and metal hangers are not recyclable. Please consider donating old hangers before placing them in your household garbage for disposal. You can also include metal hangers in scrap metal disposal, which can be brought to the Solid Waste Baling & Recycling Facility to be disposed of properly. Visit our Waste Fees page for up-to-date pricing for disposing of scrap metal.

Helium Tanks** Helium Tanks are considered Household Hazardous Wastes and cannot be placed in household garbage or recycling. Visit our Household Hazardous Waste page for more information.

Hoses Hoses are not recyclable. Please place them in your household garbage for disposal.

Paint Cans Oil based paints and stains are considered Household Hazardous Waste and cannot be placed in household garbage or recycling. Visit our Household Hazardous Waste page for more information. Latex paints are water based and not considered hazardous, but the paint must be completely dried to a solid before disposing in your household garbage.

Plastic Bags Plastic bags are not recyclable in single stream carts. Please return them to your local grocery retailer or one of our WRAP campaign locations. 

Propane Tanks** Propane Tanks are considered Household Hazardous Waste and cannot be placed in household garbage or recycling. Visit our Waste Fees page for up-to-date pricing for disposing of Propane Tanks.

Pyrex Cookware Pyrex Cookware is not recyclable. Please consider donating your old Pyrex before placing in your household garbage for disposal.

Rubber Items Rubber items are not recyclable. Please place rubber items in your household garbage for disposal.

Sharps/Needles Sharps and needles cannot go into your recycling bin. Call the Health Department at 772-873-4931 for the most up-to-date information on how to properly dispose of these items.

Shrink Wrap Shrink wrap is not recyclable in single stream carts. Please recycle them at your local grocery retailer or one of our WRAP campaign locations.

Six Pack Rings Six pack rings are not recyclable. Please place them in your household garbage for disposal. We recommend you cut/break the rings so there are no holes left when you throw them away. 

Styrofoam Styrofoam is not recyclable. Please place it in your household garbage for disposal.

Window Glass Window glass is not recyclable. Please place window glass in your household garbage for disposal.

**Hazardous items are dangerous to put in recycling carts, but many can be recycled in other ways.  Call (772) 462-1768 or visit our Household Hazardous Waste page for more information.

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