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2024

January 2024 - January 19 is Florida Arbor Day


Did you know that the City of Boca Raton has been a Tree City USA for 44 consecutive years? Not only that, but we keep growing our tree programs! In 2023 the City of Boca earned the Growth Award to recognize the City’s continued commitment to protecting and enhancing tree canopy. Most of the points earned for the Growth Award fell in the “Performing the Work” category and included our ongoing partnership with Community Greening to enhance tree canopy in neighborhoods through residential tree give aways as well as our ecological restoration work in the beachfront parks with the Institute for Regional Conservation.

Plant a tree!

Tree Give Away | January 15 | 11:30 am | Mizner Park Amphitheater, MLK Day event

Come celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Mizner Park Amphitheater on January 15th (full event details on the Event page) and pick up a free native or fruiting tree to plant in your yard.

Species include: Gumbo Limbo, Paradise Tree, June Plum, Barbados Cherry, and Starfruit. 

Tree Give away begins at 11:30am while supplies last. City of Boca Raton residents only. Thanks as always to our community partner, Community Greening!

2023

December 2023 - Have a Sustainable Holiday!


The Holiday season is a wonderful time to enjoy the company of family and friends and to celebrate together. There are also great opportunities to celebrate sustainably!

Remember – for celebrations throughout the year, the City provides guidance to celebrate sustainability in our Sustainable Events Guide!

Rent a City facility for your party!

The City has pavilions and facilities available to reserve for your celebration? Help protect and maintain the City’s natural environment by remembering that polystyrene foam, balloons, and confetti are not allowed as part of your event.

Read more and find alternatives to balloons, confetti, and polystyrene foam to make your event festive, fun, and litter-free!

More joy, less waste.

Municipal solid waste collected increases by 25% between Thanksgiving and New Year? The good news is that there is a lot you can do to reduce waste generated during the holidays.

  • Reduce food waste AND improve your soil by building a simple and easy compost bin!
  • Create beautiful and unique packages and reduce wrapping paper waste with unique, reusable, and upcycled options. Check out Earth911.com for ideas!
  • Instead of presents with packaging, gift experiences! There is nothing to wrap, no clutter created, and the gift can create lasting memories and bring you closer to loved ones.

Holiday Trees: Real or Fake?

'Tis the season for the annual debate: real tree or fake tree? While in the grand scheme of the environmental impact of the holidays what type of tree you use may be a small contributor, there are a few ways to make your choice a little more sustainable.

GOOD: If you prefer a fake tree, make sure to buy a high quality and classic tree you can use for many years. Each year it is reused, the less the environmental impact of the choice.

BETTER: If you prefer a real tree, make sure it is recycled! The City of Boca Raton collects holiday trees every year and turns them into fragrant mulch to be used in City parks. Drop off begins December 26th at Countess de Hornle Park. Learn more on the City's website.

BEST: The most sustainable choice would be to forget the traditional tree and decorate a potted native tree that you can plant in your yard after the New Year. Check out the Florida Native Plant Society Palm Beach Chapter for guidance finding a native nursery to choose your tree.

Electronics and Batteries 

If your holiday wish list includes anything electronic, be mindful of how you dispose of your out of date ewaste! Old electronics and lithium batteries cannot be thrown in any of your curbside bins, but they CAN be recycled

SWA maintains Household Chemical & Recycling Centers where electronics, batteries, paints, and many other items can be recycled for FREE. The closest center to Boca Raton is at 1901 SW 4th Ave Delray Beach, FL 33444.

Throwing away lithium batteries and other electronics create a fire hazard in the City garbage trucks. Remember, when in doubt, check the What Goes Where Tool in the Recycle Coach app!

2022

November 2022

November 15th is America Recycles Day!

On America Recycles day it is a great time to refamiliarize ourselves with the five R's. Learn more below.

Refuse - A first important step is to start refusing single use plastics. The Gumbo Limbo Coastal Stewards has more information on how to refuse single use plastics.

Reduce - Avoid single use and disposable products of all kinds. Buy more durable products and maintain the items you own. Reduce what needs to be disposed.

Reuse - Once an item is used for its original purpose, look for ways to reuse or repurpose it so that it does not need to be disposed. 

Recycle - When you have an item that needs to be disposed and it can be recycled, recycle it! The best way to support recycling is to make sure you Recycle Right and avoid "wishcycling."

Rethink - Change the way you think about waste and what it means to throw something "away." What better way to do so than to go visit "Away?" The Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County is hosting an open house on Saturday November 12th and offering tours of their recycling and renewable energy facilities.

Unwrap the Waves - October 17th - November

Did you know that Americans buy over 300,000 tons of candy for Halloween? Those "fun-sized" wrappers end up in landfills or as litter. The City is partnering with Loggerhead Marinelife Center to make sure wrappers get recycled! In 2021 the Unwrap the Wave campaign recycled over 700,000 candy wrappers.

How can you participate?

From October 17th through the first week of November bring your clean candy wrappers to either Gumbo Limbo Nature Center or Sugar Sand Community Center and put them in the designated collection bins. After the campaign is over Loggerhead Marine Life Center will collect all the wrappers and send them to be recycled with Terracyle. 

Loggerhead marinelife center unwrap the waves candy wave

2022 Palm Beach County Solar Co-op!

Join the Palm Beach County solar co-op, organized by Solar United Neighbors, to learn more about going solar. Co-op members will have access to more information about putting solar panels on their home or business and group pricing should they choose to install. Joining the co-op is not an obligation to purchase.

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2021

December 2021


Holiday Trees: Real or Fake?

'Tis the season for the annual debate: real tree or fake tree? While in the grand scheme of the environmental impact of the holidays what type of tree you use may be a small contributor, there are a few ways to make your choice a little more sustainable.

GOOD: If you prefer a fake tree, make sure to buy a high quality and classic tree you can use for many years. Each year it is reused, the less the environmental impact of the choice.

BETTER: If you prefer a real tree, make sure it is recycled! The City of Boca Raton collects holiday trees every year and turns them into fragrant mulch to be used in City parks. Drop off begins December 26th at Countess de Hornle Park. Learn more on the City's website.

BEST: The most sustainable choice would be to forget the traditional tree and decorate a potted native tree that you can plant in your yard after the New Year. 

2020

December 2020


Holiday Trees: Real or Fake?

'Tis the season for the annual debate: real tree or fake tree? While in the grand scheme of the environmental impact of the holidays what type of tree you use may be a small contributor, there are a few ways to make your choice a little more sustainable.

GOOD: If you prefer a fake tree, make sure to buy a high quality and classic tree you can use for many years. Each year it is reused, the less the environmental impact of the choice.

BETTER: If you prefer a real tree, make sure it is recycled! The City of Boca Raton collects holiday trees every year and turns them into fragrant mulch to be used in City parks. Drop off begins December 26th at Countess de Hornle Park. Learn more on the City's website.

BEST: The most sustainable choice would be to forget the traditional tree and decorate a potted native tree that you can plant in your yard after the New Year. If you would like a free tree, the City has a limited number of Bald Cypress, Dahoon Holly, and Live Oaks to deliver to your door! For more information, go to the City's Tree Give Aways page.

For more sustainable holiday tips, follow Gumbo Limbo Coastal Stewards on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for their #sustainablesunday series.

2019

December 2019


Low Waste Holidays!

The holiday season is a great time to connect with family and friends and take park in many festive activities hosted by the City and others! It is also a time where the boxes, packaging, single use party supplies pile up! Follow some simple tips to keeping it under control this year.

  • Replacing your old twinkle lights with LED to save energy? Recycle your old lights at one of SWA’s drop off locations.
  • Buy fewer gifts and give experiences instead! Support local businesses and organizations by giving gift cards or memberships or buy tickets to upcoming events. Visit downtownboca.org for ideas!
  • Throw a low waste party! Find some tips at MarthaStewart.com and Going Zero Waste.
  • Get creative with your gift wrap! Use newspaper or paper bags and paint to create unique recycled paper! Get more ideas from trashisfortossers.com.