Recycling programs

How the City Recycles: 

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Recycling is probably one of the most universally known acts of environmental stewardship. It was probably one of the first ways you learned how to help the environment and conserve resources in school. But for all its notoriety, recycling is one of the most misunderstood consumer practices and recent trends can prove this. Brevard County’s own recycling plant has been plagued with costly delays and cost overruns due to contamination within its recycling stream. In May of 2018, workers at Brevard’s recycling plant sorted through 7,888 tons of material, 3,144 tons (40% of the total) of which was garbage, not recyclables.

In an effort to improve both City staff and the public’s understanding of what is, in fact, recyclable the City has revamped its recycling signage across its facilities. This new signage comes in two phases. The first phase involves mounting larger and simpler infographic style signage (example shown below) that makes clear what is and isn’t recyclable in the City’s single-stream receptacles. Due to confusion over the numerous items that can and can’t go into recycling bins and to reduce contamination the City has opted to reduce what is allowable in City recycling receptacles to five simple and well-known items. These five items are as follows:

  • Non-crushed and empty aluminum cans

  • Non-crushed and empty plastic water bottles

  • Standard paper sheets

  • Newspaper

  • Flattened and clean cardboard


These five items and ONLY these five items are to be accepted within City recycling receptacles.

The second phase involves posting stickers directly onto all small City facility waste and recycling receptacles found typically within most offices. These stickers come in two variations (seen below). The first one is for recyclables, indicating what is acceptable within these small bins. The second sticker (seen below) is for solid waste bins, indicating “trash only” is acceptable within them.


If you have materials that do not fall within the previously stated five acceptable items that you wish to recycle the 
David R. Schechter Community Center (1089 S Patrick Drive) offers an excellent array of recycling options within the building’s front lobby just to the left of the double front doors. Items the DRS Center can take are:

  • Used eyeglasses and prescription sunglasses

  • Toiletries

  • Box Tops

  • Aluminum can tabs

  • Wine corks (cork or synthetic)

  • Empty medicine bottles with labels peeled off

  • Cellphones

  • Paperback books

  • Greeting cards

  • Expired coupons

Paper, newspaper, and magazine recycling is also available behind the building in a large black and red dumpster (seen below). Public Works (530 Cinnamon Drive) also collects used motor oil at its shop in a holding rack next to its garage.


Recycling rates in Brevard County have actually been improving according to the Brevard County Solid Waste Management Department. Since 2011, county recycling rates have gone up 16% from 45% in 2011 to 61% in 2016. It is important and vital that this trend continues to improve waste management, reduce waste pollution, and lower unnecessary cost.