Residential Trash & Recycling

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Residential Trash & Recycling

Proper Trash & Recycling Bin Placement

  • Bring bin to the curb by 7 a.m. on collection day, and remove it by 7 p.m. that evening
  • Don't park vehicles in front of the bin on collection day
  • Place bin within 2 feet of the curb, lid opening toward the street, handles toward residence
  • Do not overfill the bin - ensure the lid can close

Trash Collection

Use the City-provided alley or curbside trash container to dispose of normal household waste and kitchen trash. Allow fireplace ashes to cool completely before placing in container.

What not to throw away

  • Appliances
  • Building materials
  • Furniture
  • Hazardous materials (lead acid batteries, pesticides, paint, household chemicals and electronics, etc.). More information at
  • Large carpet pieces
  • Tree limbs more than 3 inches in diameter or 4 feet in length


For container maintenance or repair such as broken or missing lids and wheels, call 727-893-7398.

Illegal Dumping

Report illegal dumping to the Police Tip Line at 727-892-5000.

Special Pick-up

The City will pick up select items for free, based on size and quantity. Large quantities of accumulated waste, building materials and brush may have an associated fee per cubic yard. Find accepted items and current rate at

To schedule a special pick-up, call the Sanitation Department at 727-893-7398.

Recycling Collection

Find your recycling day and check if an item is recyclable at or in the St. Pete Collects app.

What to recycle

  • Aluminum and steel cans and lids
  • Cardboard
  • Glass containers
  • Milk and juice cartons, drink boxes
  • Paper, newspapers, magazines, mail, shopping ads
  • Plastics #1-7
  • Plastic bottles and caps

What not to recycle

  • Ceramics
  • Electronics
  • Flimsy plastic
  • Food-tainted items
  • Garbage, food waste and liquids
  • Lightbulbs, batteries
  • Mirrors
  • Plastic bags and wrap
  • Styrofoam
  • Yard waste

If you need a recycling cart or would like to request an additional cart, call the Sanitation Department at 727-893-7838.

Yard Waste & Recyclables Sites

City residents are welcome to drop off yard waste and other selected recyclable materials for free at the City’s brush sites. 

Brush Site Locations

  • 1000 62nd Ave. NE.
  • 7750 26th Ave. N.
  • 2500 26th Ave. S.
  • 4015 Dr. Martin Luther King St. S.
  • 2453 20th Ave. N.

Accepted Recyclables

  • Appliances
  • Cardboard
  • Glass containers
  • Mixed paper
  • Newspaper
  • Plastics #1-7
  • Yard waste

Open 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., 7 days a week. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Find additional recycling sites at

Waste Reduction


St. Pete has made a goal to be a zero-waste city by 2050. Join us on St. Pete’s Road to Zero Waste. By making small everyday changes, we can all help decrease the waste that ends up in the trash where it can produce greenhouse gases and other pollution.

Find more information and waste reduction tips at


Residents in single-family homes can sign up for St. Petersburg’s free and voluntary composting program. Residents are responsible for feeding and maintaining the compost bin in their backyard.

Find more information and registration at

Roll-Off Dumpster Rental

The City of St. Petersburg offers large roll-off open-top trash containers for rent at a competitive price. There are different size containers available depending on the size of your job.
More information, pricing and the request form can be found at

How to Get in Touch

Sanitation Department Customer Service: 727-893-7398
Sanitation Services:
Pinellas County Hazardous Materials Disposal:

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