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Posted on: April 2, 2019

City Continues Recycling Audits to Target Contaminators

In September, the City of Deerfield Beach restarted the recycling program named DFB Recycling Version 2.0. The relaunched program focuses on bringing recycling back to its basics and keeping it clean through the reduction of excess contamination. As the City’s new recycling program continues, statistics have shown that there has been some reduction in contamination, however the levels still exceed the allowable rate. 

To combat this issue, staff has been performing audits on containers in the commercial and multi-family sectors. Through the audit process, containers with high contamination are being recorded and provided with a warning notice. Containers which have continued high levels of contamination will receive a second notice, and upon third notice, the container may be removed.

To continue fighting contamination, residential curbside containers may be included in the audit process in the future. As a reminder, materials that should go in the blue recycling bin are clean and dry food and beverage cans, paper, newspaper and magazines, food and beverage cartons, flattened cardboard, glass bottles and jars, and plastic bottles and jugs (no caps). Remember: NO PLASTIC BAGS. NO PIZZA BOXES. NO TEXTILES. Know before you throw, when in doubt, leave it out.

For a refresher on how to recycle right in Deerfield Beach, visit For more information, contact the Department of Sustainable Management at 954-480-4391.

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