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Posted on: December 13, 2021

Holiday Recycling and Waste Tips: Walking You Through a Waste Wonderland

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The holidays are nearly here, and with them gifts, good times and… garbage! Here is everything you need to know about your recycling opportunities and weird winter wastes. 

Holiday Collection 

There is no garbage, yard waste and recycling collection services in unincorporated Palm Beach County and all SWA facilities are closed on Christmas Day (Saturday, Dec. 25, 2021). There is no make-up collection day.  

However, under the new collection service contract using standardized garbage carts, garbage will be collected outside of the cart from Dec. 26 through Jan. 1. The garbage must be properly secured in plastic bags weighing less than 50 pounds when filled. Residents still should place all waste normally collected on these days curbside by 6 a.m.  

New Year’s Day (Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022) will not affect your scheduled garbage, recycling, yard waste and bulk waste collection services in unincorporated Palm Beach County. All material should be at the curb on New Year’s Day by 6 a.m. as collection service may be much earlier than normal.  

Residents in unincorporated Palm Beach County can always see their updated collection schedule, set reminders, and sign up for collection information by clicking the “My Pick-Up Days” button at SWA.org.  

County residents living in one of Palm Beach County’s 39 municipalities should contact their 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 – 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 or straws  

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

  • Cardboard - Flattened with packaging removed. Palm Beach County residents can also take oversized cardboard to one of more than 250 community cardboard drop-off locations
  • 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; tear the stained side off  

Thank you for not placing these items in your blue or yellow recycling bins: 

  • Plastic Bags 
  • Foam Products 
  • Aluminum Foil or Pans 
  • Shredded Paper 
  • Plastic Eating Utensils or Straws 
  • Paper Plates 
  • Paper Towels or Napkins 
  • Coat Hangers 
  • Light Bulbs 
  • Needles  

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

Electronics Recycling and Home Chemical Disposal 

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. Watch the SWA’s fun parody video on disposing of home chemicals. 

The SWA’s locations include (from north county to south county): 

  • 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 South 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. 

See the full list of all of the hazardous waste items accepted in the SWA’s program 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 (check out our video explaining this). 
  • 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 one of the hundreds of 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. Palm Beach County residents can bring holiday lights to any of the seven Home Chemical and Recycling Centers
  • 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 SWA.org. 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 ContactCIS@swa.org.  

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

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