- Yard waste must be cut to proper lengths and placed in containers for collection. Containers need to be plastic or metal and not exceed 32 gallons in capacity and not weigh more than 50 pounds.
- 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 places 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.
During 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.
All residents are asked to avoid placing yard waste curbside in a way that may block drainage in the event of heavy rains, or in a way that will allow material to be washed into storm drainage structures.
Garbage will be collected as follows:
- 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.
- 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.
All recycling materials will be collected on Wednesdays.
The program will help Melbourne comply with the new state 75% recycling goal, to be achieved by the year 2020. The carts are made from 50% recycled material.
Recycling is in a single-stream collection, 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 cart :
- Paperback Books
- Phone books
- Paper bags
- Envelopes (including those with windows)
- Junk mail
- Paperboard boxes
- Corrugated cardboard boxes (broken down). If you have a large quantity of cardboard boxes, break them down and put them next to the recycling cart on collection day.
- Milk and juice cartons
Please keep these items dry and remove plastic bags, which can cause the automated sorting system to fail.
All containers and bottles, any color, 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.
Any color bottles and jars. Lightly rinse glass jars and bottles and throw the lids away. Do not include window glass, ceramic cups or dishes, light bulbs, mirrors or broken glass.
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.
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, small appliances and CDs and DVDs. Electronic waste is collected on Wednesdays.
Customers can call Waste Management or the ECO Division to to schedule a pickup of refrigerators (doors MUST be removed), stoves, washing machines, water heaters and other appliances. White goods are collected on Wednesdays.
Call WM 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.
WM will collect four tires per household, per year. Rims must be removed. Contact WM to schedule a pickup.
Contact WM to schedule a bulk item collection which will occur on the same day as your scheduled yard waste collection. This would include discarded furniture and household junk.
WM will pick up bicycles that are left curbside in Brevard County in conjunction with the Brevard County Sheriff's Bikes for Tykes program. Customers wishing to dispose of a bicycle can call Waste Management or the City's ECO Division to schedule the pickup. A WM supervisor will pick up the bike for transport to the Sheriff's work farm where they will be fixed up by jail inmates, then donated to non-profit agencies for children or adults in need.
The recycling guidelines remain the same for apartment and condominium residents. Collection is weekly.
For service needs or questions, contact Waste Management at (321) 723-4455 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call the City of Melbourne's ECO Division at (321) 953-6302 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
If you live outside of Melbourne, contact your local government or the company that provides collection services.
Resolution No. 3214