Single Stream Recycling is an automated sorting process designed to handle non-hazardous items from your kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, office and mailbox. The recyclables are then collected and transported to a material recovery facility where they are sorted and processed.
No Plastic Pesticide Containers
Pesticides are considered hazardous waste and should be disposed of properly at the hazardous waste collection facility. If empty they can be placed in the garbage.Hazardous Waste
No Bug Spray Bottles
Bug spray is also considered a mild pesticide and should be disposed of in your garbage.
No Plastic Produce or Bakery Containers
These lightweight containers are made from a plastic with a different melting point than most food container plastics. This makes them difficult to recycle into other products.
No Plastic Hazardous Cleaning Product Containers
Drain cleaning products are considered hazardous. If empty the container can be placed in the garbage. Bottles containing liquids should be disposed of at the Household Hazardous Waste collection facility.Hazardous Waste
No Plastic Motor Oil Bottles
Empty motor oil bottles contain petroleum residue and must be disposed of in your garbage. Used motor oil must be dropped off at a Household Hazardous Waste location in the county.Hazardous Waste
No Plastic Buckets
Plastic pails and buckets are too ridged and jam up the recycling equipment. If the bucket is still in good condition please consider donating to a local charity or thrift store.
No Plastic Lawn Decorations
Plastic decorations are too large and ridged and are made from varying types of plastics that cannot be mixed with most recyclable plastics. These items could be donated to a local charity or thrift store.
No Plastic Toys
Plastic toys are too large and ridged and are made from varying types of plastics that cannot be mixed with most recyclable plastics. See the Recyclopedia for other recycling options.Recycling Options
No Plastic Plant Pots
Plastic plant pots are often too large and made from non-compatible varieties of plastics.
No Plastic Storage Bins
Plastic storage bins are too large and ridged and made from non-compatible varieties of plastic.
No Plastic Yard Furniture
Plastic yard furniture are too large and ridged and made from non-compatible varieties of plastic.
No Mirror Glass
Mirror glass is painted and toughened with chemicals added limiting its ability to be recycled.
No Window Glass
Window glass is toughened with chemicals added making it difficult to recycle.
No Light Bulbs
Light bulbs are not recyclable and both compact and regular fluorescent bulbs need to be disposed of at the hazardous waste collection site. See the Recyclopedia for other recycling options.Recycling Options
No Glass Holiday Decorations
Holiday decoration glass is too fragile to recycle. Consider donating unwanted decorations.
No Wet Cardboard
Wet cardboard will fall apart and not make it through the automated sorting system.
No Metal Hazardous Cleaner Cans
Cans containing products such as turpentine, mineral spirits, denature alcohol and paint thinners have hazardous material residue and if empty, should be disposed of in your garbage.
No Hazardous Spray Cans
Spray cans that contained spray paint, lubricants, carburetor fluid and similar petroleum-based products must be disposed of in your garbage if empty. If they still contain liquid please take to a Household Hazardous Waste location.Hazardous Waste
No Metal or Plastic Paint Cans
Paint cans contain residue that prevents them from being recycled in the single-stream process. Empty paint cans should be placed in the garbage. If they have paint left please recycle by dropping off at a County Household Hazardous Waste location.Hazardous Waste
No Metal Propane Tanks
Metal tanks that contained propane fuel for grills, camp stoves, lights or heaters cannot be recycled in the single-stream process due to their size, weight and rigidity. They are also very dangerous and cannot be sorted by the equipment. See the Recyclopedia for other recycling options.Recycling Options
No Scrap Metal
Scrap metal is typically too rigid and jams up or tangles the sorting equipment. Scrap metal should be recycled at a scrap metal facility. See the Recyclopedia for other recycling options.Recycling Options
Tires are too large for the sorting equipment. Residents can take up to four (4) tires to a Brevard County Disposal facility each year free of charge.
Rope tangles up and shuts down the sorting equipment.
No Garden Hoses
Rubber and plastic hoses are not made from a recyclable material. They will get tangled in the sorting machines.
No Dog Poop
Dog poop is not recyclable. Please dispose of it in your garbage cart.
No Mixed Materials Food Cans
Packages that are made from mixed materials like chip cans or bread crumb cans cannot be recycled in the single-stream process since the materials cannot be separated.
No Air Filters
Air filters are made from multiple materials that are not easily separated.
No Mulch and Soil Bags
Just like plastic shopping bags, these bags will tangle in the sorting equipment causing damage and downtime. Since they are dirty they should NOT be taken to the grocery store collection sites.
No Pet Food Bags
These bags are often made from multiple materials that cannot be separated. Some are made from plastic which will tangle in the sorting machines.
No Mixed Material Packages
Packaging around toys, tools and batteries is made of cardboard and clear plastic. Since the materials are mixed they cannot be recycled. If the plastic is separated from the cardboard, please recycle the cardboard and place the plastic in the garbage.