Pasco County Amends Solid Waste Collection/Storage Rules
~~Use any container/bags for trash pickup; use container with lid for trash storage~~
In an effort to keep our communities clean, safe and free of blight, Pasco County is changing some solid waste collection and storage rules. The new ordinance amendment requires any garbage stored outside your home for more than a day to be placed in a container with a lid. This change is in response to frequent customer complaints about trash being piled outside homes for extended periods.
Please note, trash can still be set out at the curb in containers without a lid or in bags within 24 hours of your hauler’s scheduled pickup. You do not need to buy new containers for regular trash service.
Other important changes include:
- Beginning July 24, 2020, trash containers with lids will need to be used to store any garbage that sits outside your home for longer than 24 hours
- Waste haulers will have new customer service and truck maintenance requirements
- Licensed haulers must provide recycling services to businesses, upon request
As a reminder, weekly curbside recycling is available for all customers who have trash service with a licensed hauler.
For more information about Pasco County’s Solid Waste Facilities, please call 727-857-2780. For more information about Pasco County’s Recycling, please see below or call 727-856-4539.
It can be hazardous to our dedicated sanitation workers to put out trash without bagging it first. Please help keep sanitation men and women safe by bagging all garbage for curbside trash pickup.
Pasco County to Reopen Solid Waste & Recycling Collection Area
Residential Trash Drop-Off Service Resumes Saturday April 25, 2020
Starting Saturday, April 25, 2020, the West Pasco Resource Recovery Facility and East Pasco Transfer Station will reopen for residential waste and recycling disposal, and the Land O’Lakes Area Recycling will reopen for residential recycling drop-offs.. This change restores services that previously limited residential trash drop-offs on April 4.
Please practice smart social distancing on site – remain in your vehicle at the scale house unless prompted for payment and stay at least six feet away from employees and other visitors while unloading. Remember, team members do not assist with unloading items.
Please click to view our Solid Waste Facility Site map to help you navigate our drop-off sites. Proof of Pasco County residency is required for services.
For more information about Pasco County’s Solid Waste Facilities and standard pricing, please call 727-857-2780.
The Recycling and education Department of Pasco County is committed to reducing the waste stream through recycling and reuse, encouraging environmental stewardship, and providing information and presentations to educate citizens about recycling and the benefits of waste reduction. Call us for more info!
You can recycle:
We accept aluminum cans in our program. Recycling just one aluminum can saves enough energy to power a standard laptop for two hours!
Please make sure cans are clean and dry!
We love cardboard! Please make sure your cardboard is clean and dry. Once cardboard becomes wet, the fibers begin to break down and it can no longer be recycled. Pasco can recycle your corrugated cardboard boxes (please flatten), cereal boxes (without the bag), tissue boxes, toilet paper tubes, paper towel tubes, pasta boxes, etc.
Please no soiled, dirty, or greasy cardboard.
We accept newspaper, office paper, junk mail, magazines, wrapping paper, and card stock. Please make sure your paper is clean and dry. Once paper becomes wet, the fibers begin to fall apart, and it can no longer be recycled.
You can recycle plastic bottles, jugs, and small containers #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7. Is the number too small to read? If the plastic container has a neck, it's probably recyclable in our program. Please remember to rinse your plastic containers thoroughly and throw away both caps and squirt bottle nozzles.
You can recycle metal food cans. Does the top have a pull tab? Can you use a can opener? You can recycle it!
Why Don't You Recycle Glass?
When glass breaks, it acts as a contaminant for other materials and makes them more difficult to recycle. Recycling standards have increased over the years, and glass makes it harder to recycle other material. Glass is expensive to process and there is no viable market for recycled glass in Florida. To reduce costs and increase the recyclability of the overall stream, glass is no longer accepted.
Why no _____________________?
We can only accept the items listed because the machines that separate recycling are only designed for certain items. Anything else can cause the machines to seize up, slow down, or even break.