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Recycling collection truck


Do's and Don'ts of Using the Cart Collection System

The following are a few "do's and don'ts" for customers to keep in mind.

  • Do face the front of the cart toward the street so the side arm can collect it. Please do not place the cart on the sidewalk or under low hanging limbs.
  • Do store your empty carts behind the front building line on non-collection days, as required by City Code.
  • Don't place the carts or yard waste cans at the curb until after 5 p.m. the day before collection. To be assured of pickup, place carts at the curb by 6:30 a.m. on the day of collection.
  • Don't forget to recycle holiday boxes and wrapping paper. These can be placed in your recycling cart, which will result in extra room in your garbage cart. If you have large items that won't fit in the cart, please call the City's ECO Division at (321) 608-5080 or Waste Management at (321) 723-4455 to schedule a bulk collection.

Each new residential customer received either a 96-gallon, 64-gallon or 35-gallon cart for garbage and one 64-gallon cart for recycling. These are sturdy, user-friendly carts with wheels. The cart with the green lid is for garbage only and the cart with the yellow lid is for recycling only.

Residents can also purchase additional carts from Waste Management for $70 each or can request a swap for a larger or smaller size garbage cart (35 gallon, 64 gallon or 96 gallon) for $25 by calling (321) 723-4455.

For a special bulk yard waste collection, using the clam truck, please call Waste Management at (321) 723-4455 or the City's ECO Division at (321) 608-5080 to schedule.

Yard Waste Tips for Prompt Pickup

Yard waste is collected once a week. Yard waste is anything that grows around your home or property and that you cut. This includes grass clippings, weeds, twigs, branches, palm fronds, leaves, etc. The key to prompt yard waste pickup at your home is proper preparation. Following are some points to remember:

  • Yard waste must be cut to proper lengths and placed in containers for collection. Containers need to be plastic or metal and not exceed 40 gallons in capacity and not weigh more than 50 pounds.
    Do NOT use the recycling or trash cart for yard waste.
  • Branches must be cut in lengths of four feet or less. All branches, leaves, twigs, berries, clippings, etc. must be placed in containers.
  • Yard waste is NOT accepted in plastic bags.
  • When placing yard waste at the curb for collection, do not place it on or in storm drains or in any manner that could obstruct drainage.
  • Make sure your yard trash is free of any other debris that is not yard waste (such as wood fencing, doors, landscaping timbers, etc.).
  • Do not obstruct or conceal fire hydrants with yard waste.
  • Do not place yard waste piles under power lines or trees.
  • Do not place yard waste over water meters.
  • Yard debris may not be placed on vacant lots, City streets, medians or parks.
  • Yard waste generated by landscape contractors or tree removal workers must be disposed of by the contractor and is not included within the requirements of the City's sanitation contractor's responsibility.

When yard waste will not fit into carts, it can be stacked near the roadway. The debris should not be on a curb, gutter, or water meter, and must not go into the street. The debris should not be placed under a power line or a large tree. Accepted placement procedures also include cutting limbs into four foot sections.

Preparing for Hurricane Season

During the summer and early fall, when hurricanes can bring high winds and heavy rains to Melbourne, residents and businesses are asked to take special care in the handling of yard waste. For instance, it is best to trim trees prior to the hurricane season to remove limbs that might break off during high winds.

Once a hurricane threat is approaching, everyone is asked to delay any landscape trimming until after the threat has passed. If yard waste is on hand, avoid placing it at the curb, since the material could potentially clog drainage structures or be picked up by high winds. If a hurricane threat causes the closing of the Brevard County landfills, collections by Waste Management will have to stop at that time.

Collection Schedules


  • Tuesdays and Fridays from the north side of Sarno Road to the northern City limits.
  • Mondays and Thursdays from the south side of Sarno Road to the southern City limits.
  • Beachside collections will also be on Mondays and Thursdays.

PLEASE NOTE: Solid waste collection service is not available on traditional holidays due to the closing of the Sarno Landfill disposal site, which is operated by Brevard County. The days on which scheduled collections will not be available are Memorial Day, Independence Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Yard Waste

  • Fridays from the north side of Lake Washington Road to the northern City limits.
  • Tuesdays from the south side of Lake Washington Road to the north side of Sarno Road.
  • Thursdays from the south side of Sarno Road to the north side of U.S. 192, and including the beachside portions of Melbourne.
  • Mondays from the south side of U.S. 192 to the southern City limits.

Bulk Items

Bulk items include discarded furniture and household junk that will not fit in your garbage cart. Please call Waste Management at (321) 723-4455 or the City's ECO Division at (321) 608-5080 to schedule.


  • All recycling materials will be collected on Wednesdays.
  • Recycling is single-stream, which means that items do not need to be sorted. The co-mingled recycling items will be transported to a materials recovery facility for sorting and transporting to various markets.
  • The cart with the yellow lid is to be used for recycling only.

The following items can be placed in your recycling cart:

A. Paper products:

Please keep these items dry and remove plastic bags, which can cause the automated sorting system to fail.

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Paperback Books
  • Phone books
  • Catalogs
  • Paper bags
  • Envelopes (including those with windows)
  • Paper
  • Junk mail
  • Paperboard boxes
  • Corrugated cardboard boxes (broken down). If you have a large quantity of cardboard boxes, that when broken down will not fit in your recycling cart, break them down and put them on top of your recycling inside the lid. If there is too large a quantity, please call Waste Management at (321) 723-4455 or the City's ECO Division at (321) 608-5080 to schedule a special pickup.
  • Milk and juice cartons

B. Plastics:
All containers and bottles numbers 1 - 7. Please rinse bottles before placing them in your cart. Do not include bottles that contained automotive products, pool chemicals, pesticides, fertilizers or any other household hazardous waste. Please do not place plastic bags in your recycling cart. Many grocery and other retail stores accept plastic bags for recycling. Do not include any Styrofoam products. Publix accepts all Styrofoam for recycling.

C. Glass
Any color bottles and jars. Lightly rinse glass jars and bottles. Do not include window glass, ceramic cups or dishes, light bulbs, mirrors or broken glass.

D. Aluminum, Tin and Steel Cans
Lightly rinse beverage and food cans. Empty aerosol cans are accepted. Clean aluminum foil and disposable aluminum pans can also be placed in your recycling cart.

E. Electronic Waste
Customers can call Waste Management or the ECO Division to arrange for a pickup of items including computer equipment, printers, cell phones, televisions, VCRs, stereos, radios, electric clocks, electronic toys and small appliances.

F. White Goods
Customers can call Waste Management or the ECO Division to schedule a pickup of refrigerators (doors MUST be removed), stoves, washing machines, water heaters and other appliances.

G. Compact Fluorescent Bulbs and Fluorescent Tubes
Call Waste Management or the ECO Division to request special vapor-locked bags, which will be delivered to your home. Place the bulbs in the bags. Put them in a safe place away from children and keep the bag sealed. If bulbs break inside the bag, do not re-open the bag. Call Waste Management when the bag is full and ready to be picked up.

H. Tires
Waste Management or the ECO Division will collect four tires per household, per year. Rims must be removed. Contact Waste Management or the ECO Division to schedule a pickup. 


For More Information

  • For service needs or questions, contact Waste Management at (321) 723-4455 or send e-mail to
  • You can also call the City of Melbourne's ECO Division at (321) 608-5080 or send an e-mail to
  • If you live outside of Melbourne, contact your local government or the company that provides collection services.

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