Okaloosa Recycling

Don't Contaminate! Remove all food waste from Recyclables. 

What is Recycling? Recycling is the process of collecting and processing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash and turning them into new products. Recycling can benefit your community and the environment. 

Why Should I care about recycling? Great question! Recycling is important because according to the EPA recycling and reuse activities are responsible for about 681,000 jobs, recycling, reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators​, conserves natural resources such as timber, water and minerals, prevents pollution by reducing the need to collect new raw materials, saves energy, supports American manufacturing and conserves valuable resources.

What are the most common contaminates? The most common contaminates are plastic bags, tanglers such as hoses, hangers, and Christmas lights, yard waste, and household garbage. To see a full list of common contaminates please CLICK HERE


More About Recycling

Plastic bags and other plastic films DO NOT belong in your recycling bin, instead check with your local supermarkets for collection bins! 

Unwanted electronics, paint, oil, gas, antifreeze, pesticides, fluorescent lamps, and rechargeable batteries should be taken taken to the Household Hazardous Waste collection facility on 84 ready ave. Tuesday-Saturday 7am-3pm.

Have yard waste or organic waste you wish to recycle? Compost! 

If you like to DIY, compost bins can be made as small as a 2 liter bottle for a fun hands on activity for the kids, or if you wish to have enough for your garden, you can use a tote or large trash can. Compost bins are also available for purchase at the Household Hazardous Waste drop off on 84 Ready ave. 

Want to test your sorting skills? Play this interactive recycling game

A map illustrating franchised unincorporated Okaloosa County residential waste collection can be reviewed and/or downloaded if you CLICK HERE.  The legend on the map indicates “Okaloosa Collection Areas 1-5”.  These franchised areas are under an exclusive service contract with Waste Management to collect residential garbage, recyclables, bulk and yard waste. In addition to Areas 1-5, the Non-Exclusive Franchise North area is specified. Residential and commercial waste services are fulfilled by a variety of County approved service providers. Since the County only facilitates residential curbside collection of garbage and recyclables, businesses interested in recycling should discuss options with their commercial trash collector.

South Okaloosa County  Individuals can drop off household recyclables at the Transfer Station on 630 Transit Way off of Martin Luther King Jr Blvd in Fort Walton Beach. Hours of operation are 6 am to 5 pm M-F and 6 am to noon on Sat. 

North Okaloosa County Individuals can drop off household recyclables may be dropped off at 1415 Charlie Day Rd. in Baker, M-F 7am to 3:30pm and Sat. 7am to noon. For further information call 850-244-7642. 

If you would like to find out what company handles your waste and recycling pick up please Click here!

Municipalities have their own franchise area for both residential and commercial waste collection. Commercial waste collection is covered under a non-exclusive commercial franchise Countywide. Services offered through these County approved vendors vary.