The mission of the Sanitation Department is to manage the city's solid waste as a resource, promoting sustainable, environmentally-sound and cost-effective practices through an integrated system of waste reduction, reuse, recycling, innovative technology, customer service and education.
- To reduce the amount of waste by promoting customer awareness and education
- To efficiently collect and dispose of waste while balancing rates and services
- To promote and adopt programs that will transform waste into a useful resource
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 not only played a major role in helping the city achieve a much-lower-than-expected contamination rate during the program’s first few months, they also helped Pinellas County achieve its highest rate of recycling statewide. Learn more on the Residential Recycling page.
Multi-Unit and Commercial Recycling
Since 2015, the City has provided residential recycling for single-family homes as well as for residences up to 4 units. The City continues to investigate ways to expand residential recycling to addresses with more than four units, including apartment complexes, high-rise buildings and condos.
Until residential recycling is available for all residential addresses, people living in buildings with greater than four units may contract with Waste Pro at 727-873-0800 or Conex Recycling at 813-919-0340. Businesses may also contact Waste Pro and Conex for commercial recycling needs. For more information, visit the Commercial Recycling page.
Composting is the natural process of recycling organic material, like kitchen and yard waste, which breaks down to form a usable, nutrient-rich fertilizer. Composting helps divert these materials from landfills to deliver nutrients back into the soil. St. Petersburg's composting program is available for single-family properties. Find more information and sign up on the Composting page.
Other Services Offered By The City:
- Furniture, appliances and other bulk items pick-up
- Outside rodent control
- TV and computer recycling curbside pick-up
- Fluorescent bulb recycling
- Mulch from our brush sites
- Large oversized item pickup
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.
Electronics or Hazardous Chemicals
Safely dispose of unwanted household electronics or hazardous chemicals by visiting a collection event held throughout the year in St. Petersburg and Pinellas County. Find the next collection event at stpete.org/recycling.
Pinellas County offers similar drop-off options for eligible businesses needing to dispose of unwanted electronics or hazardous chemicals.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 of 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.