Household, Yard Waste and Recycling Information

Republic Services Information

The Town has a franchise agreement with Republic Services for solid waste (household garbage), recycling, and yard waste.

Trash collection and recycling are mandatory in the Town of Indian River Shores per Sec. 54.02, and Ordinance 531.

For rates or billing issues, please contact Republic Services at (772) 562-6620.

How and When Do I...

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.

Holiday Schedule: NO scheduled service on January 1st (New Year's Day), 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 unless otherwise notified.

Yard Waste - Brush

Yard trash (e.g., leaves) must be placed in reusable containers. Up to 8 BROWN PAPER BAGS may be collected at no additional charge; As of mid-2021 translucent plastic bags are not acceptable.

Yard waste is to be placed curbside and not mixed with garbage. It 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 50 pounds per container or bundle.

Tree limbs must be less than 3" in diameter.

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 latest information from the County Solid Waste Disposal District).

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.

Recycle Information

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

Quick Reference Flyer for Single-Stream Recycling Do's and Don'ts

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.

Remember to:

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

Acceptable Items

Place these items together inside the container (no sorting necessary), rinsed out with the lid closed:

Aerosol caps; cans (aluminum, steel, uncrushed); glass bottles or jars; metal (jar lids, bottle caps, empty aerosol cans without caps, clean aluminum foil, pie pans); 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); plastic jugs or tubs.

Unacceptable Items

These are not acceptable to place at the curb for recycle at this time:

Address labels (sheets of) or stickers, batteries, car batteries, ceramics, containers from frozen food, fruit or ice cream; diapers, drinking glasses, envelopes (of strengthened Tyvek fiber), hazardous materials (sanitary products), light bulbs, mirrors, napkins, needles, paint, paper towels, plates, pyrex, scrap metal, styrofoam or paper to-go containers, syringes, tissues, vases, waxed paper or waxed cardboard, or window glass.

Indian River County accepts big white “styrofoam” used in packing and shipping at all of the Customer Convenience Centers and at the landfill.

Don't Treat Me Like Trash

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.

Get Rid of Unwanted or Outdated Medicines

How do I dispose of prescription or non-prescription medicines? They may be taken to the Indian River County Sheriff's Office during normal working hours.

How do I dispose of "sharps?" Click here for information on disposing of "sharps" (needles) to find out!

Where Do I Take Hazardous Waste?

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.

For more complete guidelines, call (772) 226-3400 if you have other questions. Indian River County may also provide assistance at (772) 770-5112.