Solid Waste Management
If you see illegal dumping in action, call 9-1-1 to report the activity while it is in progress. It is a felony to dump household appliances, construction materials, boats, trailers, RVs, and vegetative debris on County-owned vacant land and County rights-of-way and streets.
To report dumping that is not actively in progress, call the most appropriate Monroe County Sheriff substation for the area:
- Stock Island Headquarters: 305-292-7000
- Lower Keys and Big Pine Key Freeman Substation: 305-745-3184
- Marathon Substation: 305-289-2430
- Islamorada Substation: 305-664-6480
- Tavernier Roth Building: 305-853-3211
Solid Waste, Yard Waste & Recycling Collection
Curbside trash collection is paid as a special assessment on the property owner’s annual tax bill for Monroe County residential properties; businesses must arrange for service with local providers.
Trash cans must not exceed 32 gallons in capacity, and should not weigh more than 50 pounds when full. Lids should be secured if left out at night or prior to collection days. If animals or weather scatter trash from your cans, you are responsible for cleaning the area within 24 hours of collection times; litter causes environmental degradation and hazards to wildlife. Trash cans should be brought in from the curb after collection.
Yard waste must be less than 4 inches in diameter and 4-foot lengths; it can be placed loosely in cans, or cut to 4-foot lengths and bundled. Cans or bundles should not exceed the 50-pound limit.
Monroe County contracts with four private franchise operators to provide solid waste, yard waste, and recycling for the Keys, excluding the City of Key West and the Village of Islamorada.
County and City Collection Haulers
- Waste Management
- Stock Island to 7 Mile Bridge
- City of Key West
- Marathon Garbage Service
- 7 Mile Bridge to MM 72.5
- City of Marathon
- City of Key Colony Beach
- City of Layton
- Waste Management
- Village of Islamorada
- Keys Sanitary Services
- MM 91 Tavernier and Key Largo to the County Line
- Ocean Reef: 305-367-2611
County Transfer Stations
Solid waste disposal is handled by three transfer stations, where waste is prepared for transportation and disposal at out-of-county locations. Residents can drop off items directly at the transfer stations between 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
- Cudjoe Key Transfer Station
- MM 21.5 on Overseas Highway at Blimp Road
- Long Key Transfer Station
- MM 68 on the Overseas Highway
- Key Largo Transfer Station
Household Hazardous Waste and E-Waste Collections
Monroe County hosts several household hazardous waste and e-waste collections throughout the year, as well as has hours available at the local transfer stations for collections.
- Household Hazardous Waste
Bulk Waste Pickup
Large items, including furniture, carpeting, appliances, can be removed free for residents. Call the service provider in your area to schedule a pickup. The information can be found at the top of this page.
Community Marine Cleanups
Monroe County will continue to support groups that want to do community marine cleanups of areas that big equipment could not reach following Hurricane Irma.
If you are planning a community marine cleanup in unincorporated Monroe County and need Monroe County public works’ support for pickup of the collected debris or disposal at a County transfer station, contact Monroe County Solid Waste at least a week in advance of the cleanup at 305-292-4536 to schedule.
Monroe County is proud of the community’s willingness and self-help attitude to support the Keys recovery.
The mission of Solid Waste Management is to provide for cost-efficient and environmentally proper collection, transportation, and disposition of solid waste generated in the county, excluding the City of Key West and the Village of Islamorada, as defined by various statutes, ordinances, and agreements.