On June 2012, the City Commission adopted a new ordinance that mandates multi-family residences of nine units or more and commercial establishments implement a single-stream recycling program by July 1, 2014. On July 2014, the ordinance was amended to include multi-family residences of two to eight units. Since the adoption of this ordinance, the city has since been conducting extensive outreach and education to inform residents, property owners and businesses of these requirements. Outreach involved the incorporation of a recycling campaign and the issuance of notices or any applicable fees to properties found not to be in compliance with the City of Miami Beach’s Code.

Recycling for Businesses (Commercial/Hotels)

Businesses are required to coordinate their own single-stream recycling plans. Businesses can arrange recycling service with a licensed recycling hauler or utilize one of the waste haulers permitted to operate in the city.

Current Franchisee Waste Hauler Options:

Waste Management Inc. of Florida 305.634.1180
Progressive Waste Solutions Inc. 305.694.7317

Single Stream Recycling

Single-stream recycling is the process by which certain recyclable materials are mixed together instead of being sorted into separate recycling containers in the collection process. This recycling process has been found to the more convenient that the traditional sorting process and has been found to lead to higher recycling rates. It also helps in reducing costs for waste haulers since all recycling waste can be placed in a single truck. Per Section 90-340 and 90-341 of the Miami Beach Code, single stream recycling must allow for the following items to be recycled while commercial establishments must have a minimum of 3 of the following items as part of their recycling service:

  1. Newspaper. Used or discarded newsprint, including any glossy inserts.
  2. Glass. Glass, jars, bottles, and containers of clear, green or amber (brown) color of any size or shape used to store and/or package food and beverage products for human or animal consumption, and/or used to package other products, which must be empty and rinsed clean of residue. This term excludes ceramics, window or automobile glass, mirrors, and light bulbs.
  3. Metal food and beverage containers. All ferrous and nonferrous (i.e., including, but not limited to, steel, tin-plated steel, aluminum and bimetal) food and beverage containers (i.e., including, but not limited to, cans, plates, and trays) of any size or shape used to store and/or package food and beverage products suitable for human or animal consumption, which must be empty and rinsed clean of residue.
  4. Other metal containers. All other ferrous and nonferrous containers used to package household products including, but not limited to, paint cans and aerosol cans, which must be empty and rinsed clean of residue.
  5. Plastics. All high density polyethylene (HDPE) and/or polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles, jugs, jars, cartons, tubs, and/or other containers, and lids, of any size or shape used to package food, beverages, and/or other household products, or crankcase oil, which must be empty and rinsed clean of residue. This term excludes all plastic film, plastic bags, vinyl, rigid plastic (i.e., toys), and plastic foam materials. Commercial Establishments include:
  6. Textiles.
  7. Wood. Clean wood waste and/or pieces generated as by-products from manufacturing of wood products. It excludes clean yard waste and clean waste (i.e., natural vegetation and minerals such as stumps, brush, blackberry vines, tree branches, and associated dirt, sand, tree bark, sand and rocks), treated lumber, wood pieces, or particles containing chemical preservatives, composition roofing, roofing paper, insulation, sheetrock, and glass.


Beginning July 1, 2013, residential (Sec. 90-340) and commercial (Sec. 90-341) properties that do not offer a recycling program or single stream program with the appropriate materials will be issued one warning and must correct the violation within 30 days. If the violation is not corrected within 30 days, a notice of violation will be issued. After one warning, violators of sections 90-340 and 90-341 will be issued a notice of violation. All notices of violations will specify any fine or penalty that may be due in connection with the violation(s), the time specified by the inspector to correct the violation(s), and the procedure for timely payment or appeal of the fine or penalty.

Penalties for violations of subsections 90-340(a) and 90-341(a) for properties that do not offer a recycling program shall be as follows:

  1. For the first violation, a fine of $350.00.
  2. For the second violation, a fine of $500.00.
  3. For the third violation, a fine of $1,000.00.
  4. For the fourth violation, a fine of $2,500.00.

The penalty for violation of subsections 90-340(b) and 90-341(b) for properties that do not offer a single stream recycling program with the listed recyclable materials shall be as follows:

  1. For the first violation, no fine.
  2. For the second or subsequent violations, a fine of $100.00.
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