How to Recycle in Cocoa Beach/Brevard County

Seeing the beauty  the environment provides us everyday – from the beaches to the river to the landscape – makes the residents of Cocoa Beach much more mindful of preserving the beauty we have. Here’s a quick article to help make our town even better than it already is.

According to the EPA, approximately 75% of the trash Americans throw away each week is recyclable. Yet only 25% is actually recycled.

Residents of unincorporated Brevard County who have curbside service can request a recycling bin. Call (321) 636-6894 for North and Central Brevard or (321) 723-4455 for South Brevard, or visit Recycling bins need to be placed by the curb before 6 a.m.


NO plastic bags.

 Recyclables Plastic Plastic Bottles and Containers – Beverage bottles and food containers (water and soda, yogurt and butter tubs).  Dish soap, laundry detergent, shampoo, conditioner and similar items.  Caps and pumps on can be left on.  No straws.
 Recyclables Paper  Cardboard, etc. – Milk & juice cartons, paper towel & toilet tissue rolls, paper-board food boxes and clean, dry, flattened corrugated cardboard boxes (no greasy pizza boxes).
 Recyclables Metal  Aluminum cans, etc. – Aluminum, steel and tin cans, clean foil & aluminum food pans
 Recyclables Glass  Glass bottles & jars. – Clear and color glass bottles and jars.  NO oven cookware, drinking glasses or ceramics.
 Recyclables Paper Paper – Newspapers, magazines, catalogs, paperback books, office paper, junk mail, envelopes, telephone books and paper bags.

Remember to lightly rinse all bottles and containers.

Creativity & Community through recycling

The Reusable Resources Adventure Center accepts items, such as paper, wood, fabric and plastic, to recycle into children’s art projects.

While not everything is recyclable, not everything can be discarded either.

There are many everyday household items and materials that pose a threat to the environment and human health if not properly discarded.


Did you know that throwing away electronics is incredibly hazardous to the community?

Big name brands like: Apple, Dell, Gateway, HP, IBM, Sony, and Toshiba offer buybacks and free recycling for your electronics so you can safely and sustainably dispose of your old electronics. More info


Alkaline batteries – (AA, AAA, C, D) have been determined as non-hazardous and may be disposed of in your regular trash.

Prescription Drugs

These are definitely not a good thing to toss in a bin for a variety of reasons. The DEA hosts a yearly Prescription Drug Take Back day which just happens to be a few weeks from now on April 29th. Cocoa Beach residents can conveniently bring their medications to the Cocoa Beach County Commission room located at 2 S ORLANDO AVE COCOA BEACH FL, 32931 or Cocoa Beach Police Department located at 20 South Orlando Avenue and Cocoa Police Department at 1226 W KING ST COCOA FL, 32922  from 10:00AM- 2:00PM on April 29, 2017. For more information or alternate drop-off locations visit the DEA official Take Back Day website.

We’re lucky to live where we do and should do everything we can to preserve the beauty of Cocoa Beach!

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7 Comments Leave a comment

  1. Roger Larson April 6, 2017

    The Sunseed Coop magazine April 2017 edition has a great article regarding plastics and is entitled, “Drowning In Plastics, How Modern Convenience Poisons Our Oceans”. Initially starts off indicating the following: “According to a study by Jenna Jambeck, PhD, an environmental engineer at the University of Georgia, an estimated 8 million metric tons of plastics ends up in our oceans every year- half of which is used once and thrown away- and that number continues to grow at an alarming rate. For me, that is a staggering number.
    The article also goes into little tidbits of information for a person to become an “agent of change”. For example, take your own coffee cup to the places you buy coffee (i.e. Juice and Java) rather than using one of J&J’s. Credit for this tidbit and others mentioned go to Patty Lenz Bovie.
    Lastly, the article mentions a film on the destruction of plastic to our oceans entitled. “A Plastic Ocean”. For those of you who have Netflix, you can find it as a new release for 2017.

  2. Liz April 7, 2017

    Under prescription drugs you give out Cocoa PD’s address for Cocoa Beach PD.
    CBPD is 20 South Orlando Avenue. 🙂

    • Linda Rivera April 9, 2017

      Thanks for the added info, Liz.

    • I Love Cocoa Beach Team April 10, 2017

      Thank you for catching that Liz! We will edit now.

      Much love,

      The I Love Cocoa Beach Team

  3. Linda Rivera April 9, 2017

    Roger, what an excellent comment you left. Whenever we have Condo parties, Roger & Cathy, ( 2 of our very competent organizers) always have a recycling garbage can at the ready to encourage others at the event to recycle. Roger practices what he “preaches.” Thanks for all the info, Roger. Cathy, Rogers wife, is a wealth of knowledge also and both of them are great Cocoa Beach residents. They are also wonderful caring neighbors. Thanks for encouraging everyone at our Condo to recycle.

  4. Bharatbhushan Patel December 11, 2019

    Who provides the largest trash and recycling cans for curb side residential pickup in Bridgewater Viera community

  5. Amy Kindred February 5, 2020

    Bought a condo in the Windrush Condo complex in Cocoa Beach in 2018. The board voted to stop recycling last night stating that “too many renters don’t follow the recycling rules which costs us too much in penalties and it’s too much work to clean the bottles and cans.”

    I’m terribly disappointed the group decided to become part of the landfill problem instead of working harder to become part of the recycling solution. What are my options if I reside in a condo but still want to recycle cardboard, cans and bottles?

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