Household, Yard Waste and Recycling Information
New Republic Services Information:
The Town has a franchise agreement with Republic Services for solid waste (household garbage), recycling, and yard waste.
In accordance with Town ordinance Sec. 54.02, trash collection is mandatory.
Holiday Schedule: NO scheduled service on July 4th (Independence Day), 1st Monday in September (Labor Day), 4th Thursday in November (Thanksgiving) or December 25 (Christmas). Service will be on your next scheduled pickup day.
The County's database regarding your personal residential dates for pickup of household, recycle and yard waste is at this link. Please note it may not be accurate! General recycling information is below.
Yard waste is picked up on Friday with the exception of John's Island, Ocean Pearl, The Estuary, Village Shores and The Shores (these neighborhoods do not subscribe to this service). Everything must be curbside by 7 a.m.
Please observe the following rules to avoid additional fees: Click here for the flyer
Brush is to be placed curbside and not mixed with garbage.
Brush must be bundled and tied or taped, no more than 4' long (except palm fronds). Up to 4 standard cans or bundled piles may be used for branches not longer than 4' and up to 40 pounds per container or bundle.
Tree limbs must be less than 3" in diameter
Why RECYCLE? We have to. The State of Florida has a weight-based recycling goal of 75% by the year 2020. This goal applies to all counties over 100,000 in population, which covers 95% of the state’s population. To do our part, the Council instituted mandatory residential recycling with Ordinance 531.
What to do with UNWANTED MEDICINE? Please click here for information on disposal of unwanted medicine, or here for information on disposing of "sharps" (needles).
Yard trash (e.g., leaves) must be placed in reusable containers. Up to 8 TRANSLUCENT PLASTIC BAGS may be collected at no additional charge; brown bags are not acceptable.
Residents may arrange for Republic Services to pick up their bulk waste such as furniture, mattresses, and unwanted appliances. It can be taken to their landfill on 1325 74th Ave SW in Vero Beach (off Oslo Road). Please call (772) 794-2322 with landfill questions. It may also be taken to a County Landfill (click on link for hours and locations). There is no fee for this service, and they also accept yard waste under 4" diameter. Anything formerly attached to your home (construction debris), such as cabinets, carpet, toilets, windows, glass, wallboard, etc. may be brought there as well.
Hazardous waste (cell phone batteries, oil based paint, items containing mercury, flourescent bulbs and "sharps") may be disposed of during normal operating hours at any of the Convenience Centers (Roseland, Winter Beach, Gifford, Old Dixie at First Place, or Fellsmere). The Convenience Centers link has hours, maps and addresses.
Outdated or unwanted medicines may be taken to the Indian River County Sheriff's Office during normal working hours.
Effective November 1, 2018 the Town entered into a new contract with Republic Services. In an attempt to assist the County in meeting their state-mandated recycling goals, the Town has moved from 18-gallon recycling bins to 64-gallon recycling carts.
If residents do not want to keep their 18-gallon bins, they may be placed (empty) next to the new rolling cart on your regular recycling day.
ALL recycling is picked up on WEDNESDAYS
Place these items together inside the container (no sorting necessary, rinsed out containers is best) with the lid closed:
Paper (opened mail, greeting cards, egg cartons, file folders, blueprints, cardboard boxes, magazines, brochures, catalogs, newspapers, paper bags, paperback books, paper beverage cartons uncrushed or unflattened); glass bottles, jars; plastic jugs, aerosol caps, tubs; cans (aluminum, steel, uncrushed); metal (jar lids, bottle caps, empty aerosol cans without caps, clean aluminum foil, pie pans)
These are not acceptable to place at the curb for recycle at this time:
Scrap metal, needles, paint, car batteries, batteries, Tyvek envelopes, syringes, mirrors, ceramics, pyrex, light bulbs, plates, drinking glasses, window glass, vases, tissues, paper towels, napkins, waxed paper or waxed cardboard, stickers or sheets of address labels, frozen food or fruit containers, ice cream containers, styrofoam or paper to-go containers, diapers or hazardous materials (sanitary products).
Indian River County accepts big white “Styrofoam” at all of the Customer Convenience Centers and at the landfill.
Please recycle plastic bags and wrappers! More types of plastic wraps and bags than you ever imagined can be recycled, and here's a list of where to take them and the distance from Indian River Shores! Almost every Publix, Winn Dixie, and Wal-Mart has containers for you to place clean, dry plastic bags.
Note that in addition to plastic bags, most grocery stores also take egg cartons and other food cartons.
Have your bin in plain sight by the truck driver before 7 a.m. on your collection day, and remove it from the curb by dusk