The Big Blue Bin
The City of St. Petersburg offers recycling collection service to enable its residential utility customers to reduce the amount of trash sent to the landfill.
Trash and recycling are picked up in the designated location, either curbside or in the alley, on the designated collection day. View all recycling collection zones using this map. For schedules, Waste Wizard, and more, download the St. Pete Collects mobile app.
There is no need to separate items for the City's recycling program. Items that may be recycled include:
- Glass containers (all colors)
- Aluminum & steel cans, steel jar lids
- Milk & juice cartons, drink boxes
- Many plastics numbered #1-7 - NO PLASTIC BAGS
See below for plastics guidelines and restrictions
- Newspapers, magazines, mail, shopping ads, windowed envelopes
- Mixed paper/cardboard — paper towels are NOT recyclable
Consult the Waste Wizard to see if a specific item is recyclable. All recyclables must be rinsed or free of food particles. Do not put yard waste or regular trash in the recycling bin.
Put only recyclable material in the recycling container. DO NOT PUT PLASTIC BAGS IN THE RECYCLING BIN. Not sure what’s recyclable or trash? Use the Waste Wizard through the St. Pete Collects mobile app.
Many plastics with numbered triangles #1-7 are accepted in St. Petersburg’s recycling program. Some exceptions are listed below. When in doubt, use the Waste Wizard to verify if an item is indeed able to be recycled in Pinellas County.
The following plastic items are NOT RECYCLABLE in Pinellas County:
- Plastic trash bags or grocery bags filled with recyclable materials
These bags and everything in them will be thrown out as part of the sorting process.
- Plastic grocery bags
Return grocery or retail store plastic bags to store drop-off locations for recycling or purchase and use recyclable shopping bags.
- Dry cleaning bags
- Thin plastic packaging or plastic wrappers
- Plastic berry containers
- Plastic cups, tops, or straws
Refer to the collection schedule for information on trash and recycling pickup.
Residents who have questions about where to place their recycling bin for collection may contact the Sanitation Department at 727-893-7838.
Residential recycling customers are reminded that under city ordinance, containers may be placed at the curb or in the alley (for addresses with alley service) after 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.
Recycling customers who had their container out before 7 a.m. on the designated recycling day and their container was not picked up can contact 727-893-7838 to reschedule recycling pickup. Calls received at the Sanitation Department before 4 p.m. may have recycling collected the same day. Calls received after 4 p.m. will be collected the following weekday.
RECYCLING ZONE CALENDARS
Zone-specific recycling calendars and information about alley recycling are distributed by mail at the beginning of each year. For households that would like a calendar but did not receive one, contact Sanitation Customer Service at 727-893-7838. Printable calendars can be found on the Collection Schedule page. Find your recycling collection zone here.
Recycling Drop Off Locations
Recyclable materials may be taken to one of the City's five brush sites listed below. Separate and deposit the materials into labeled bins. Accepted materials are listed above. 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 use the Waste Wizard through the St. Pete Collects mobile app.
- 1000 62nd Ave. NE.
- 7750 26th Ave. N.
- 2500 26th Ave. S.
- 4015 Dr. Martin Luther King St. S.
- 2453 20th Ave. N.
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.
OTHER RECYCLING SITES
In addition to the City brush sites, 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.