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Posted on: December 8, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Holiday recycling and waste tips for Palm Beach County holidays are nearly here, and with them gifts, good times and… Garbage! Here is everything you need to know about changes in collection schedules, recycling common holiday items, and what to do with weird winter wastes.

Holiday Collection

The Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County only observes two holidays a year - Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. There is no garbage service and all Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County facilities are closed on those days. There is no make-up collection day.

Garbage collection service will resume Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017. Garbage collection service will also happen as scheduled on New Year’s Day (Monday, Jan. 1, 2018) in unincorporated Palm Beach County. While SWA administrative offices will be closed, there will be a limited number of Customer Service team members available to assist residents with any garbage or recyclable collection questions or concerns. SWA Customer Service can be reached at 561-697-2700 or 866-792-4636.

All material should be at the curb on New Year’s Day by 6 a.m. Collection service may happen much earlier than your normal collection time.

Live in one of Palm Beach County’s 39 municipalities? Contact your municipality directly for their holiday collection schedule. A list of municipal contacts can be found online.

Resolve to Recycle

Many of us celebrate the values we hold most dear at this time of year. Thank you for making Recycling Right a part of your holidays.

Many food and drink containers can be recycled in your Blue recycling bin, including:

  • Plastic bottles and containers, except foam cups
  • Aluminum, tin and steel cans
  • Cartons, such as those for milk, juice boxes, chicken broth, etc.
  • Glass bottles and jars

The Yellow recycling bin is the place for all fiber, including:

  • Flattened cardboard boxes, including gift boxes
  • Greeting cards and wrapping paper that have no ribbons, foil or other non-paper items
  • Paperboard food boxes, cereal boxes and paper towel rolls
  • Newspaper, office paper, junk mail, paperback books, magazines, etc.

Thank you for not placing these items in your Blue or Yellow recycling bins:

  • Plastic bags, film or shrink wrap (they damage our recycling equipment)
  • Gift bags, tissue paper, ribbons or bows (throw those in the trash)
  • Disposable plates and silverware (the food stains make them not recyclable)
  • Grease stained pizza boxes (throw those in the trash, but clean pizza boxes can go in the Yellow recycling bin)
  • Napkins or paper towels
  • Drink pouches
  • Holiday lights (see more about those below)

For more information about Recycling Right, or to order new recycling bins, call 866-NEW-BINS (866-639-2467) or visit

Recycling Electronics and Disposing of Home Chemicals

Are you upgrading your electronics or cleaning out the garage after setting up the decorations? Palm Beach County residents can bring outdated devices and wastes such as holiday lights, used cooking oil, old paint, fluorescent light bulbs, batteries, automotive fluids, and more to any of the seven Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County Home Chemical and Recycling Centers:

  • Jupiter
    North County Transfer Station
    14185 Military Trail (SWA Road) in Jupiter
    Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Saturday: 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

  • West Palm Beach
    Home Chemical and Recycling Center
    6161 N. Jog Road in West Palm Beach
    Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Saturday: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.


  • Belle Glade
    Glades Regional Transfer Station
    1701 State Road 15 in Belle Glade
    Monday - Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Royal Palm Beach
    West Central Transfer Station
    9743 Weisman Way in Royal Palm Beach
    Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Saturday: 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

  • Lantana
    Central County Transfer Station
    1810 Lantana Road in Lantana
    Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Saturday: 7 a.m. - 12 p.m.

  • Delray Beach – West
    Southwest County Transfer Station
    13400 S. State Road 7 in Delray Beach
    Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Saturday: 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

  • Delray Beach – East
    South County Transfer Station
    1901 SW 4th Ave. in Delray Beach
    Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Saturday: 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

A full list of all of the items accepted in the SWA’s hazardous waste program is available online.

Tips for Other Items

  • Unincorporated Palm Beach County residents can place their live Christmas tree curbside on the regular yard waste collection day. Remember to remove all decorations, lights and tinsel.
  • Pre-lit and artificial trees should be discarded as trash.
  • Plastic bags and film (like wrap on water bottle cases) can be recycled at most local supermarkets in special bins. Soiled bags and film should go in the trash.
  • Foam food trays and egg cartons can be recycled at most local supermarkets in special bins.
  • Oversized and large volumes of flattened cardboard boxes may be recycled at any of the Home Chemical and Recycling Centers or at nearly 200 community drop-off locations.
  • Holiday ornaments, decorative pieces, clothing and toys that are in good condition can be donated to a local nonprofit, church or shelter to be reused.
  • Tree trimmings such as tinsel and garland should be discarded as trash.
  • Excess trash can be taken to any of the SWA’s transfer stations or the North County Landfill during regular hours, but there is a nominal charge for disposal.

Much more information is available online at Residents can also contact SWA Customer Service with their questions or comments at 561-697-2700, toll-free at 866-SWA-INFO (866-792-4636) or by email.

Wishing you and your family a Happy Holiday Season from the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County!


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