Recycling

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!


Pasco County Weekly Residential Curbside Recycling

Glass is no longer accepted in once-per-week collections

In pursuit of a cleaner, greener future, Pasco County is now offering weekly residential curbside recycling.  The new, once-per-week schedule will increase recycling tonnage and make participation even easier – just toss your recyclables into one bin!   Trash haulers have a 90-day transition period to implement the schedule change.

Since there is no resale market for recycled glass in Florida, and broken glass contaminates the recycling stream – glass will no longer be accepted in our recycling program.  Please toss your glass in the trash bin where it will be sent to Pasco’s Waste-To-Energy facility, leaving even less of a carbon footprint than it would in a landfill. 

“This increase in service is a reflection of Pasco County’s commitment to future sustainability and to our citizens,” said Solid Waste Director John Power.  “Though removing glass may seem counter-intuitive, it increases the overall reuse of collected materials, eases processing and maximizes our positive environmental impact.”

We understand it can be frustrating when service costs increase. Please know that the cost of trash pickup hasn't increased in 10 years. Part of the increase is to get the trash collection service charges closer to where they should be to keep pace with inflation and the rising costs of the trash hauling business. The other part of the increase is to provide residents with weekly recycling collection. Pasco County is increasing the allowable price cap haulers can charge for service from $12.44/month to $16.81/month.

How to participate: 

  • Contact your trash hauler to find out when your new pick-up schedule takes effect
  • Order an optional recycling cart through your trash hauler
  • Use your own container - recycling is accepted in containers with a recycling sticker

For more information on recycling schedules or to order a recycling cart, call your trash hauler.  A list of local trash haulers can be found by clicking here

To find out more, please read our Recycling Frequently Asked Questions

You can recycle:

  1. Aluminum Cans
  2. Cardboard
  3. Paper
  4. Plastic Bottles and Small Containers
  5. Metal Food Cans

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!


Aluminum Cans

Please Remember...


Plastic Bags are not allowed in recyclingGlass is not allowed in recycling
Styrfoam is not allowed in recyclingMilk or Juice Cartons are not allowed in recycling
Please recycle small items, onlyClothes hangers, wires, or other tanglers are not allowed in recycling
Wet or Dirty items are not allowed in recyclingTrash is not allowed in recylcing


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.

Remember: When in doubt, throw it out!

Call your trash hauler for your recycling schedule

The County does not pick up your recycling. Your recycling is picked up by your trash hauler.

The County does not keep trash account information on file.

If you live in Pasco and you use a dumpster, you can still recycle. Click here to find the drop-off closest to you.