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Recycle Right

August 10, 2023

Recycling contamination has become a bigger problem in the City of Hollywood over the past several years. More than 60% of recycling collections are contaminated. When a cart includes contaminated items, the entire collection is trash.

The City’s Department of Public Works, in partnership with recycling partners, have a renewed focus on encouraging residents to recycle right. Crews will begin inspecting carts for compliance prior to collection; if contamination is observed the cart will not be collected. Information on how to recycle right can be found on the City’s website at: To ensure you are recycling right, be sure to:

• Completely empty and rinse glass and plastic containers before placing in cart
• Dispose of caps, lids, and straws in the trash
• Place recycled items loosely in the cart, not inside a plastic bag
• Remove all plastic tape from cardboard boxes
• Collapse all cardboard

If you think an item can be recycled but you are unsure, check the City’s website at: or throw it in your gray garbage cart to reduce contamination. Blue recycling carts must not be used for household trash. Most contamination in the City comes from 3 items that should never be placed in the recycling cart:

• Plastic shopping bags
• Pizza or food cardboard boxes. To avoid risk of contamination, clean or not, do not throw them in the cart.
• Alkaline and Rechargeable Batteries

Bring plastic shopping bags back to your favorite grocer for recycling. Alkaline batteries are trash, rechargeable batteries can be dropped off for recycling at major box stores and battery retailers. Food containers with any food or grease stains should be thrown in the trash.
For more information, visit:

Hollywood Beach Sweep
Saturday, August 12th, 2023 from 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
2nd Saturday of Every Month
Charnow Park, 300 Connecticut Street, Hollywood, Florida 33019
Register at: and search “Beach Sweep.”
Learn More About the City Charter and the work underway by the Charter Review Committee:
Since May, Charter Review Committee members are meeting every month to review the City Charter page by page. The meetings are held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at City Hall, 2600 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, Florida 33020. All are invited to attend. The first agenda item, following roll call, is public comment. Each speaker has a maximum of three minutes to share their ideas and suggestions. No pre-registration required.

Get Involved!
The next Charter Review Committee Meeting is Tuesday, August 15th, 2023 hope to see you there! For questions, please email the City Clerk, Pat Cerny at: For more information about the Charter Review Committee, visit:

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