Trash Pickup

Polk County Waste & Recycling provides and schedules residential waste collection for citizens living in unincorporated areas of the County (not within city limits).

Weekly Residential Curbside Pickup – New Waste Collection Information

Place It ALL by the Curb!  Here’s what you need to know….

New Changes include:

It’s easy! Place all garbage, recycle and yard waste by the curb on your collection days.

AUTOMATED GARBAGE COLLECTION:

  • Residents will receive a 95-gallon garbage cart for all household trash.
  • A special vehicle is equipped with a lifting mechanism that reaches out to the waste cart, lifts and empties the container returning the cart to its original position.
  • NO OTHER container may be used for trash.

WASTE PICKUP SCHEDULE

  • All waste collection takes place between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • All garbage, recycle and yard waste should be placed curb-side either the night before or by 6 a.m. on your collection day.

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  • Place all garbage inside your new 95-gallon cart.
  • Place the cart within five (5) feet of the curb or street.
  • Make sure the handles face away from the street.
  • Garbage not inside the cart will not be picked up.
  • Too much trash for your cart? See “Big” Trash Days for Instructions.

If you have a long driveway and need something to help transport you new cart to the road, we have a couple of solutions.  We currently have in stock the Chore Saver, or the Can Sporter.  For a small deposit, you can rent one of these items from our office to make your trash day easier.  After visiting the website, please contact our office for more information.

YARD WASTE

Yard waste collection service is intended for the collection of routine lawn and landscape maintenance. Routine yard waste is collected once a week. Any yard waste should be placed at the curb in lawn bags, in old garbage containers, or in neat bundles; each (bag, container, or bundle).

Guidelines for Yard Waste collection:
  • Yard waste must be within three feet of the curb or edge of the street or road
  • Yard waste must be at least three feet from other fixed objects
  • Bundles, bags, or containers of yard waste should weigh less than 50 pounds
  • Yard Waste outside of a container should be no more than six feet in length and/or no more than six inches in diameter

Routine yard trash is any vegetative matter resulting from residential property lawn and landscaping maintenance including:

  • Shrub and tree trimmings
  • Grass clippings
  • Palm fronds
  • Branches

Material placed curbside that does not meet the county guidelines of routine yard trash will be tagged with a non-collection notice, which serves to inform the resident that the material is non-conforming debris and therefore cannot be collected. If a material is non-conforming, then disposal is the responsibility of the resident. Routine yard trash does not include:

  • Whole trees/tree trunks
  • Stumps/logs
  • Root systems
  • Land clearing debris (i.e. rocks, bushes)

For a list of contract haulers to remove non-conforming debris, contact the Waste and Recycling Division at (863) 284-4319.

LARGE OR BULKY ITEMS

Bulk Waste collection is intended for those items that are too large to fit inside the garbage roll cart. Bulk waste items must be set out by the curb two items at a time. Drivers will only collect two items per service.

Guidelines for Bulk Waste collection:

  • Place only two bulk waste items curbside at a time
  • Bulk waste items must be within three feet of the curb or edge of the street
  • Bulk waste items must be at least three feet from other fixed objects

Some examples of accepted bulk waste:

  • Couches
  • Mattresses
  • Chairs
  • Tables
  • Appliances (“White goods”)

Once two items have been collected, residents may place two more items curbside. Bulk items do not require scheduling from the resident. Drivers will make note of bulk items curbside as they move along their routes. Bulk items will be collected within three business days; however, if bulk items are placed at the curb in between services, you will need to schedule a pick up by calling the W&R Customer Care team (863) 284-4319 or emailing PolkWasteWise@polk-county.net.

UNACCEPTABLE TRASH ITEMS:

Do NOT place the following materials in your garbage cart or at the curb. If any of these items are found in your cart, the cart will be tagged with an instructional notice and not serviced. Call (863) 284-4319 for proper disposal information.

  • Trees/tree trunks
  • Stumps/logs
  • Root systems
  • Land clearing debris (i.e. rocks, bushes)
  • Construction Materials
  • Cars
  • Boats
  • Tires
  • Automobile Parts
  • Engines
  • Asbestos
  • Radioactive Materials
  • Explosives, including propane cylinders
  • Biomedical Waste, including sharps/syringes used for medical purposes
  • Hazardous Wastes, such as:
    • Lead-Acid Batteries
    • Used Oil or Oil Filters
    • Any product labeled:
      • Toxic
      • Poison
      • Corrosive
      • Flammable
      • Irritant

RECYCLE

The goal of the Recyclable Materials Collection Program (RMCP) is to effectively collect materials that have the greatest potential to successfully be reused or recycled into new products.

Automated Recyclable Materials Collection

A special vehicle, equipped with a lifting mechanism, reaches out to the roll cart, lifts and empties the container returning the cart to its original position. Residents receive a 65-gallon recyclable materials roll cart for the accepted recyclable materials. RMCP is available to all unincorporated Polk County customers, who wish to participate. If you need a recyclable materials roll cart, call the Waste and Recycling Division at (863) 284-4319.

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Guidelines for Recyclable Material collection:

  • Recyclable materials roll cart must be within three feet of the curb or edge of the street or road
  • Recyclable materials roll cart must be at least three feet from other fixed objects
  • Recyclable materials roll cart lid must open to the street or road
  • No other container may be used for recyclable materials roll cart

Accepted recyclable materials:

  • Aluminum cans
  • Steel (tin) cans or containers
  • Cardboard, cereal boxes, egg cartons (cardboard)
  • Newspaper, uncoated paper, paper products
  • Most gallon and half gallon, translucent plastics (no colored plastics), milk, juice or water jugs

Keeping recyclable materials free of grease, soil and residue is another way to help ensure the success of the program. Avoid including items that can contaminate good materials. Only items listed should be placed in the recyclable materials cart. Items not listed above, should be placed in the garbage roll cart. Lids and labels can stay on the containers, but containers must be unsoiled.

 

HOLIDAYS

The landfill is closed and waste will not be collected on the following holidays:

  • Memorial Day
  • July 4
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Eve (Saturday) and Christmas Day (Sunday)
  • 2012 Saturday New Years Eve

If the holiday falls on a weekday, your garbage, recycle and yard waste collection will be delayed by one day for that week only.  Your regular schedule will resume the following week.

For example:  If the holiday falls on Thursday, then Thursday collection service will be provided on Friday and Friday service will be provided on Saturday.

QUESTIONS?

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Trash Pickup[KPC1]
Polk County Sold Waste provides and schedules residential waste collection for citizens living in unincorporated areas of the County (not within city limits).

ONCE PER WEEK PICK UP!
Place It ALL by the Curb on YOUR Day!

New Changes include:

·single-day, once-per-week collection of all garbage, recycle and yard waste

·new 95-gallon garbage carts assigned to each address for all household garbage

·automated garbage collection

It’s easy! Place all garbage, recycle and yard waste by the curb on your collection day.

Automated Garbage Collection:

·Residents will receive a 95-gallon garbage cart for all household trash.

·A special vehicle is equipped with a lifting mechanism that reaches out to the waste cart, lifts and empties the container returning the cart to its original position.

·NO OTHER container may be used for trash.

Waste Pickup Schedule.

·All waste collection takes place between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

·All garbage, recycle and yard waste should be placed curb-side either the night before or by 6 a.m. on your collection day.

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·Place all garbage inside your new 95-gallon cart.

·Place the cart within five (5) feet of the curb or street.

·Make sure the handles face away from the street.

·Garbage not inside the cart will not be picked up.

·Too much trash for your cart? See “Big” Trash Days for Instructions.

If you have a long driveway and need something to help transport you new cart to the road, we have a couple of solutions.  We currently have in stock the Chore Saver, www.choresaver.com or the Can Sporter, www.cansporter.com.  For a small deposit, you can rent one of these items from our office to make your trash day easier.  After visiting the website, please contact our office for more information.

“Big” Trash Days

We understand there will be times when you produce more garbage than fits in your cart.

You may choose four (4) times per year you may place up to five (5) garbage bags of extra waste next to your new cart. Please call Republic Services before your scheduled trash day to let them know you will have extra trash.  Trash must be in bags and set beside your garbage cart.

If you have extra trash bags more often, call Republic Services at (863) 665-1489 or (888) 445-5045 and ask about purchasing a second cart.

Yard Waste

·Do not mix garbage and yard waste.

·Place loose yard waste (grass clippings, leaves and small twigs) in paper or plastic lawn and leaf bags or use your old garbage container.

·Place branches and tree trimmings in a neat stack near the curb.

·For large piles (more than the size of a pickup truck bed), call (863) 665-1489 or (888) 445-5045 to arrange for collection.

Large or Bulky Items

The following items will be picked up curbside within 72 hours of notifying Republic Services at (863) 665-1489 or (888) 445-5045:

·Air Conditioners

·Furniture

·Freezers

·Refrigerators

·Stoves

·Washing Machines

Unacceptable Trash Items:

Do NOT place the following materials in your garbage cart or at the curb. If any of these items are found in your cart, the cart will be tagged with an instructional notice and not serviced. Call (863) 284-4319 for proper disposal information.

·Trees

·Land Clearing Debris

·Construction Materials

·Cars

·Boats

·Tires

·Automobile Parts

·Engines

·Asbestos

·Radioactive Materials

·Explosives, including propane cylinders

·Biomedical Waste, including sharps/syringes used for medical purposes

·Hazardous Wastes, such as:

·Lead-Acid Batteries

·Used Oil or Oil Filters

·Any product labeled:

·Toxic

·Poison

·Corrosive

·Flammable

·Irritant

Recycle

Rinse and place recyclables in yellow recycle bins beside your garbage cart. Need more yellow recycle bins? Call (863) 665-1489 or (888) 445-5045. Click here for more recycle information.Description: Yellow Recycle Bin

·All Non-Food Contaminated Paper and Paperboard (junk mail, newspaper, cereal boxes, etc.)

·Plastic Containers #1-7 (water and soda bottles, milk and detergent jugs, butter and yogurt tubs, etc.)

·Steel and Aluminum Cans

·Clear and Colored Glass, but NO ceramic mugs, mirrors or window panes

·Flatten all cardboard

Holidays

The landfill is closed and waste will not be collected on the following holidays:

·Memorial Day

·July 4

·Labor Day

·Thanksgiving Day

·Christmas Eve (Saturday) and Christmas Day (Sunday)

·2012 Saturday New Years Eve

If the holiday falls on a weekday, your garbage, recycle and yard waste collection will be delayed by one day for that week only.  Your regular schedule will resume the following week.

For example:  If the holiday falls on Thursday, then Thursday collection service will be provided on Friday and Friday service will be provided on Saturday.

Questions?

·Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

·Call Polk County Waste Resource Management at (863) 284-4319 or Republic Services at (863) 665-1489. OR

·E-mail garbage@ polk-county.net.

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