Brush & Recycling Sites

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Drop-Off Locations

The City operates five recycling and brush sites where St. Petersburg residents can drop off select recyclable materials, yard waste, and other organic byproducts for free. Visitors will be asked to show proof of residency (driver’s license, etc.) at the entrance to each brush site.

Brush Site Policy     Brush Site Consent Form

Locations

All brush site locations are open 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., 7 days a week. Brush sites are closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

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

Christmas Tree Disposal

There are two ways to dispose of your Christmas tree:

  1. Request a Special Pickup of your Christmas tree by submitting a request at stpete.org/service or by calling the Sanitation Department at 727-893-7398 during normal business hours. 
  2. Drop off at one of the City's brush sites listed below. Brush sites are open 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., 7 days a week. Residents should bring a photo ID and water bill for proof of residency. More information at stpete.org/brushsites.

    • 1000 62nd Ave. NE.
    • 7750 26th Ave. N.
    • 2500 26th Ave. S.
    • 4015 Dr. Martin Luther King St. S.
    • 2453 20th Ave. N.
Collected trees will be turned into mulch, which is free to residents at the City's brush sites.

Guidelines

Remove all lights, ornaments, garland, tree stands, plastic tree disposal bags and other decorations. The City of St. Petersburg recommends reducing waste by reusing lights and ornaments, or donating them. **Please note: Strands of Christmas lights can get tangled in machinery and cause significant equipment damage.** Do not place the tree inside trash or recycling containers or lean the tree against electrical poles, trash containers, water meters, etc. 

Yard Waste

Residents may drop off yard waste (grass, leaves, tree and shrub trimmings, palm fronds, limbs and logs), with the following exceptions:

  • Yard waste must not contain plastics, metal or lumber
  • Large limbs/logs should be less than five feet long
  • Stumps should weigh less than 300 lbs

Property owners who hire a business to do yard work must accompany workers to a brush site for yard waste disposal, or complete a Brush Site Consent Form. The form must be signed and completed by both the property owner and the company performing the services in order for the brush site to accept the material. Size and weight limits apply. Loads from multiple addresses will not be accepted.

Recyclables

Recyclable materials may be taken to one of the City's five Brush Sites located throughout the city. Separate and deposit the materials into labeled bins. 

Accepted materials can be found at stpete.org/recycling. St. Petersburg brush sites do not accept plastic trash or grocery bags, plastic dry cleaning or newspaper bags, plastic wrappers from water bottles, toilet paper, paper towels, thin plastic packaging, or Styrofoam. These items should be thrown away in the trash. For a more complete list of acceptable recyclables, view the Brush Site Policy Guide or use the Waste Wizard through the St. Pete Collects mobile app.

OTHER RECYCLING SITES

In addition to the City Brush Sites, select recyclable materials can be taken to the Pinellas County recycling site or the below sites. Operating hours vary.

  • Crescent Lake - 1320 5th St. N.
  • Municipal Marina - 300 2nd Ave. SE.

Mulch Products & Soil Builder

A variety of mulch products and soil builder (a soil amendment for sandy soils) are available to St. Pete residents through the City's brush sites. Regular mulch may be picked up at any brush site for free and can be delivered for a nominal fee. Soil builder is available through delivery only. View the Mulch Product Order Form below for information on each product, pricing and recommended application.

Note: Soil builder is out of stock at this time. Check this site for updates. 

Varieties

Regular Mulch: Made from material brought to the City Brush Sites and consists mostly of local plant materials which have been shredded and processed using windrow sanitization. Windrow sanitization is the process by which materials are placed in a long narrow row, turned for aeration, and maintained at or above 131⁰F for three days in order to eliminate weed seeds, insects and plant pathogens. Available for free pickup or delivery for a fee. 

Log Mulch: Made from material brought to the City Brush Sites and consists mostly of local hardwood tree materials, including logs and stumps which have been shredded. Available only by delivery for a fee. 

Double Ground Log Mulch: Made from material brought to the City Brush Sites and consists mostly of local hardwood tree materials, including logs and stumps which have been shredded two times to create a more consistent size throughout the product. Available only by delivery for a fee.

Soil Builder: A soil amendment used for its properties to retain water and build soil organic matter. Made from screened mulch, consisting of local plant materials brought to the City Brush Sites and which have been shredded and processed using windrow sanitization. This product is not a compost. This product is not a plant fertilizer and there is no guarantee that amendment to the soil will affect or stimulate plant growth. Available only by delivery for a fee. 

Note: Soil builder is out of stock at this time. Check this site for updates. 

Mulch Product Order Form