This is an image of the universal recycling symbol with three green arrows forming a triangle indicating reduce, reuse, and recycle.Jacksonville residents can now recycle more items than ever, and there’s no need to pre-sort or remove labels from bottles and cans. The schedule and standards for recycling depend on your service area. Set out recycling no later than 6 a.m. on collection day and no earlier than 5 p.m. the day prior. (Ord. Sec. 382.415). Please do not put recyclables in plastic bags.

What is Recyclable?

Single-family residents can recycle all of these items curbside in their yellow-lid recycle cart:


  • This is an image of items that can be recycled: flattened cardboard box, paper, metal cans, plastic bottles and jugsMail, office and school paper
  • Newspapers, magazines, catalogs and phone books
  • Paperback books
  • Brown paper bags
  • Fiberboard boxes (cracker/cereal)
  • Corrugated cardboard (must be flat and cut 2’ by 3’ or smaller)


  • Steel food containers
  • Aluminum cans
  • Aluminum baking pans


  • Plastics numbered 1-3, 5 or 7
  • Detergent bottles
  • Cleaning solution bottles
  • Plastic food and beverage containers


  • Milk and creamer containers
  • Juice boxes
  • Soup and broth containers


  • Green, brown or clear bottles and jars (discard lids with garbage)


Recycling is automated and collected every other week in all service areas. ​

  1. ​Place items in city-issued recycling carts – the cart with a yellow lid. 
  2. Place carts at least two (2) feet apart and three (3) feet away from obstructions. 
  3. Lids must be fully closed.
  4. Carts must face with wheels away from the road. 
  5. Save excess waste for the next recycle collection.

Prohibited Items

These items are NOT accepted for recycling.

  • Any #4 Plastics (LDPE)

    • Includes items such as cling (Saran) wrap, sandwich bags, plastic garbage or grocery bags

  • Any #6 Plasticts (Polystyrene)

    • Includes items such as all types of Styrofoam, packing peanuts, plastic cutlery, hangers, and medicine bottles

  • Aerosol cans
  • ​Shredded paper
  • Weapons
  • Batteries
  • Fireworks or flares
  • Needles
  • Cables or wires
  • Rubber
  • Food or yard waste


  1.  All containers should be rinsed and cleaned and dry before tossing in your recycle bin.
  2.  Paper and cardboard must be clean and dry.
  3.  Food waste from inside a container may leak out and contaminate clean paper.
  4.  Any recyclable product contaminated with food cannot be recycled.

    *** Please make certain that items are clean and dry.  Remember, just because an item might contain a recyclable material does not mean it can be recycled! When in doubt, throw it out.***

Please be aware that is unlawful to place hazardous waste of any kind in the residential collection waste streams.  Municipal Code Section 380.209.

To confirm your schedule click here or call 630-CITY (2489). 


Homeowner's Guide to Battery Recycling and Disposal

Confused about all the types and sizes of batteries? Fact sheet about how to properly dispose of various batteries commonly used around the home. To request collection service or report a problem with collection, please call (904) 630-CITY (2489) or visit the MyJax online customer service website at

Recycling Tips

Check out these tips from Republic Services on how to become a better recycler.