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Alley Recycling Collection

Since late June 2015, St. Petersburg residents have successfully reduced the amount of trash sent to the landfill by participating in the city’s recycling program. Residents also played a major role in helping the city achieve a much-lower-than-expected contamination rate during the program’s first few months.

But there is still work to be done.

In order to increase recycling participation and to make it more convenient for residents who currently have their trash picked up in the alley, the city began collecting recyclables in alleys in January 2016. Alley recycling collection occurs on your designated recycling day.

If you have trash picked up in the alley, your recycling will be picked up in the alley.

If you have trash picked up at the curb, recycling will continue to be picked up curbside. 

Alley Container Placement Guidelines

This change affects approximately 31,000 addresses and only those addresses which currently have alley trash pickup. 

To explain the move toward alley collection, a series of Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Alley Recycling has been developed. Residents may also contact the Sanitation Department with questions at 893-7838.

*New* 2018 Recycling Zone Calendars

2018 zone-specific recycling calendars and information about alley recycling will be mailed in mid-December to Sanitation customers. If you do not receive a calendar by January 16, contact Sanitation Customer Service at 727-893-7838.

Alternatively, customers may print their zone calendar found below or use the free St. Pete Collects mobile app to keep track of their collection days. To print on one page, change the orientation to Landscape and use an 80% scale.

How Are We Doing? 

In the spirit of transparency, the city is releasing a monthly scorecard to show the public how the recycling program is doing. The reports typically run a month behind.

Some key measurements used in determining the success of  recycling in St. Petersburg are:

      • the number of residents participating;
      • the amount of materials (tons) recycled;
      • city cost – both the amount received for materials taken to the recycling processor and the amount saved from lower quantities of trash being delivered to the County facility. 

Information will be updated on a monthly basis. 

Missed Collection?

Residential recycling customers who missed collection on their designated recycling day may contact 893-7838 to re-schedule recycling pickup. Calls received at the Sanitation Department before 4 p.m. will have recycling collected the same day; calls received after 4 p.m. will be collected the following weekday.

Find Your Collection Day

Residential recycling customers are reminded that under city ordinance, containers may be placed at the curb by 7 p.m. the night before collection; by 7 a.m. on collection day and removed by 7 p.m. the same day to the side or back of the residence.  

St. Pete Collects Mobile App

Never miss another trash and/or recycling collection day with St. Pete Collects! Download the app for personal reminders before collection days and automatic notifications when holidays or bad weather impacts your schedule. Make recycling easy with mobile collection events, tips for a greener lifestyle and our Waste Wizard to look up accepted materials.

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The city will continue to maintain five drop-off recycling centers/brush sites for those wishing to use them. 

Multi-Unit and Commercial Recycling In St. Petersburg

Waste Pro Inc. and Conex Recycling service large, residential multi-unit buildings, such as apartment complexes (larger than 4 units), and commercial businesses with recyclable materials collection, including newspapers, cardboard, metal and aluminum cans, glass and plastic. For more information, contact Conex Recycling at 813-919-0340 or Waste Pro at 727-873-0800.

Large Oversized Items
If you're throwing out a TV, dryer, box spring or other large item, call to schedule a free pickup! Just give us a call for details 893-7398 or go here for more information.

Electronics or Hazardous Chemicals
Safely dispose of unwanted household electronics or hazardous chemicals by visiting a Mobile Collection Day event held throughout the year in St. Petersburg and Pinellas County. Events are held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. In St. Petersburg, events will be held:

  • *Cancelled due to Hurricane Irma* Saturday, September 9 at the SPC/Allstate Center, 3200 34th St. S.
Collection events may be delayed or cancelled due to severe weather.

Pinellas County offers similar drop-off options for eligible businesses needing to dispose of unwanted electronics or hazardous chemicals.

FREE Services we offer...just by calling 893-7398

Other Services
Our community appearance division removes graffiti and snipe signs and keeps vacant lots clear of overgrowth and debris. Sanitation is also responsible for removing dead animals, furniture, and appliances collection, rodent control treatment, and refuse container repair and replacement.

Junk Mail Handling
Learn how you can reduce junk mail at the Pinellas County A-Z Guide.

Serving The Community

      • 8,112,000 trash pickups
      • Manage 298,832 tons of refuse
      • Service 76,000 residential customers
      • Service 5,900 commercial customers
      • Recycling 61,610 tons brush materials
      • Producing 51,977 tons of FREE mulch
      • Recycling 2,650 tons of newspaper, glass and other materials (mixed metal, electronics, etc.)

Recycling centers throughout the city collect over 39,370 tons of recyclables annually, recycling 2,370 tons of newspapers, glass and other materials, and more than 37,000 tons of yard clippings.


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