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Plantation’s Solid Waste & Recycling System
Over 40 years ago, the Plantation City Council and Mayor looked into ways to better serve the waste collection needs and requirements of our community. With that in mind, a Pay As You Throw (PAYT) or “blue bag” system for solid waste collection was introduced.
Purchasing the bags at Plantation Publix, Winn Dixie or Walmart stores, is how you pay for your monthly garbage service. The amount you pay on your monthly utility bill, combined with a portion of the cost of the blue City bags, is the total cost of your garbage collection service, bulk pick-up, and recycling. (As a point of information, blue bag costs dropped significantly on October 1, 2016.) We now offer a smaller kitchen-sized bag at a lower cost.
This system was chosen for several reasons.
First, it is more equitable than using trash bins. The system is set up so that you only pay for the trash you generate. For example: a single-person household may only use one bag per week, versus a family of four that may use two per week. Other cities charge a flat fee regardless of how much trash you generate or how large your household is.
Second, it is more aesthetically pleasing. Once the bags have been picked up, there are no unsightly trash bins lying along the street until someone comes home from work (or worse, home from vacation after a week away) to pick them up.
While Plantation’s solid waste system is unique to Broward County, over 7,000 communities around the United States use the PAYT system for their solid waste and recycling.
The City’s Recycling program was introduced several years later. The clear recycle bags were introduced to encourage recycling and help residents save money. To simplify the recycling process, Broward County instituted “single stream” recycling – meaning all recyclable materials (glass, paper (including magazines, paperback books, office paper, newspaper inserts, etc.), chip board (Kleenex/cereal boxes), narrow neck plastic bottles (shampoo, water, detergent, milk, etc.), metal and aluminum) can go into one bag. No more separating!
Only three areas within Plantation have the cart system: Hawks Landing, Melaleuca Isles, and Plantation Acres. Melaleuca Isles and Plantation Acres have the bin system due to the more rural nature of the area. Hawks Landing requested the cart system when the neighborhood was developed. As of October 1, 2017, Plantation Acres/Melaleuca Isles pays $26.72/month plus $11.01 for each additional cart. Hawks Landing pays $39.04/month plus $11.01 for each additional cart.
Common to both systems is the City’s monthly bulk collection program, which provides all residents the opportunity to discard unwanted furniture, appliances and other items too large for regular garbage collection.
Collection is provided two times per week with no service on Sunday or Christmas Day. Blue garbage bags should not weigh more than 40 pounds each. Solid waste and recycling material must be placed curbside prior to 7:00 AM on your collection day. On regular collection days, yard waste will be removed if ties in bundles not exceeding 6 feet in length and 50 pounds. Palm fronds and Christmas trees are excluded from this bundling limitation. There must be a blue bag out for collection.
For more information, please call the City’s Public Works department at 954-452-2535 or Waste Management at 954-974-7500, or visit their website to chat/e-mail a live customer service representative.
You may drop off your waste, household hazardous waste and electronics at the Wheelabrator site, located at 4400 S. State Road 7, Davie, FL. Drop-off is available on Saturdays only, from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Proof of Plantation residency required.
Plantation Garbage & Recycle Bags
The following locations stock Plantation garbage and recycling bags for purchase. Should you frequent a grocery store within the immediate area that does not stock Plantation garbage and recycling bags, please notify Waste Management so arrangements may be made for that store to add them to their inventory.
Publix Locations: 8101 W Sunrise Blvd.; 6921 W Broward Blvd.; 225 S Flamingo Rd.; 10065 Cleary Blvd.; 550 N. Pine Island; 12500 W Sunrise Blvd., Sunrise; 8842 W State Road 84, Davie
Winn Dixie Locations: 901 N Nob Hill Road; 7139 W Broward Boulevard
Wal-Mart: 1885 N Pine Island Road
Missing Bag Ties?
Stop by the City of Plantation Public Works Department to pick some up instead of returning them to the store. 750 NW 91st Avenue, Plantation. 954-452-2535