City temporarily suspends curbside recycling in Jacksonville

For those who wish to recycle, there are 15 drop-off sites across the city.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Mayor Lenny Curry addressed the ongoing issue about missed trash collections in Jacksonville during a news conference.

The city has received several calls and emails in the past few months from residents across the area upset about missed or delayed waste collection and their taxpayer dollars that are being spent. Curry expressed he understands the frustration.

City officials noted that the issue is more than a Jacksonville issue, but a national one brought on by labor shortage amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Curry said waste haulers can’t keep up with the demand and that’s causing the backlog in waste collection.

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On Monday, Oct. 4, the city began temporarily suspending curbside recycling. The suspension is to allow the city to get caught up on the backlog of garbage and yard waste pickup.

“This was a difficult decision. I know this is not a perfect solution and that many people in our community are passionate about recycling. This is why we’re standing up 15 recycling sites throughout the city where residents can bring their item for collection,” Curry said.

Action News Jax reported when Curry said he was considering pausing recycling pickup. The mayor chose to prioritize waste collection due to the sanitary risk it can impose.

For those who wish to recycle, here are the 15 drop-off sites across the city:

  • Blue Cypress Regional Park - 4112 University Blvd. N. – 32277
  • William F. Sheffield Regional Park - 3659 New Berlin Rd. – 32226
  • Girvin Road Landfill - 515 Girvin Rd. – 32225
  • Southside Estates Elementary Park - 9775 Ivey Rd. – 32246
  • Earl Johnson Memorial Park - 5308 St. Augustine Rd. – 32207
  • Palmetto Leaves Regional Park - 5760 Greenland Rd. – 32257
  • A. Philip Randolph Heritage Park - 1096 A. Philip Randolph Blvd. – 32206
  • Dinsmore Playground Park - 10632 Old Kings Rd. – 32219
  • Hammond Park - 2142 Melson Ave. – 32254
  • Mary Lena Gibbs Community Center - 6974 Wilson Blvd. – 32210
  • Fort Family Regional Park - 8000 Baymeadows Rd. E. – 32256
  • Normandy Park - 1728 Lindsey Rd. – 32221
  • Castaway Island Preserve - 2885 San Pablo Rd. S. – 32225
  • Riverside Park - 753 Park St. – 32204
  • 7000 Imeson Road – 32219

Recycling can be dropped off Monday through Saturday from sunrise to sunset at no cost.

The city anticipates resuming curbside recycling operations as soon as possible.

For more information, call (904) 630-2489 (CITY) or review FAQ’s below:

Aurielle Eady

Aurielle Eady, Action News Jax

Aurielle Eady is a digital content producer for Action News Jax.