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.). Find drop-off location and more information here.
  • Large carpet pieces
  • Tree limbs more than 3 inches in diameter or 4 feet in length

Safe Trash Disposal

Help St. Pete reduce truck fires by safely disposing of your trash. When proper trash disposal is not followed, it frequently causes sanitation trucks to spontaneously catch on fire, putting our first responders, City employees, and residents at risk. Do your part in keeping everyone safe.

  • Do not throw out hot coals. Let them cool completely before placing in the trash. 
  • Do not throw out hazardous materials. Find drop-off location and more information here.
  • Do not throw out lithium batteries. Find drop-off location and more information here.

Keep our City SAFE by following guidelines.


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

Other Services


Mulch is available to City residents through the City’s brush sites. Regular mulch is free to pick up or can be delivered for a fee. Log mulch, double ground log mulch and fill dirt are available for a fee and through delivery only. More information and order forms can be found at


For assistance with rodent control outside of properties in neighborhoods, the City’s Rodent Control Program can help. The City’s Rodent Control Technicians make inspections, advise on how to help with rodent prevention, and if necessary, place tamper-resistant bait stations in rodent-attracting locations outdoors, free of charge. To schedule an appointment, call the Sanitation Department at 727-893-7398. For assistance with rodent control inside a residence, contact a private exterminator.

Rodenticide Caution: The use of any rodenticide should be considered only after all other pest control methods have been exhausted. Certain types of rodenticides, if applied incorrectly, can have negative results. Prevent causing harm to children, pets, and wildlife by following the manufacturer’s instructions or working with a pest control professional.


The City of St. Petersburg is committed to preventing and removing graffiti to maintain a clean and graffiti-free city. Find information on how to report graffiti on public or
private property 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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