Types of Solid Waste
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Furniture is categorized as "special items", and can be placed out with the regular garbage, free of charge for customers with Residential Curbside Pickup service. However, please do not exceed two items per collection day.
To dispose of used motor oil, please call the toll free number of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection at: 1-800-741-4337. Choose option #1. You will be prompted for your zip code in order to obtain the location nearest you for used motor oil disposal.
You may also dispose of used motor oil by bringing it to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection, at the Manatee County Landfill located on Lena Road just East of I-75. The collection site is open on the 3rd Saturday of each month, from 9:00 - 3:00 for residential use only. For more information, call 941-708-8561.
White goods are large appliances such as refrigerators, air conditioners, washing machines, dryers, stoves and freezers. The State has banned them from all landfills. There is a minimal charge per appliance or item. Please view the Utility Rates page for the current charge.
Small appliances such as toasters, blenders, etc. may be placed in the regular garbage.
To schedule pick up of white goods, please call the Manatee County Customer Service Department at 941-792-8811, Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., with the exception of holidays.
Properly prepared* residential C & D may be placed at the curb for pick up by the waste hauler.
Residents may have a rolloff box delivered to the site. C & D is an open market, and any waste hauler may be used. Consult your local yellow pages.
Construction debris can be hauled to the Lena Road Landfill.
*Properly Prepared: Bags or 32 gallon cans less than 50 lbs., not protruding from the container, or tied and bundled, less than 4ft and under 50lbs.
Reuse the boxes when you can. When you must dispose of cardboard boxes, take them to one of our drop off locations conveniently located throughout the area:
The drop off sites are for clean, broken down cardboard only. No other materials may go into the cardboard drop off containers.
You may also recycle cardboard boxes at home:
- Break down the small boxes and place them in your blue paper recycle bin.
- The boxes must be loose fitting in the bin.
- They may not extend over the top of the bin more than six (6) inches.
- Collapse or flatten the boxes.
- Tie and bundle the boxes with heavy string; the bundle should not weigh more than 50lbs.
- If wardrobe boxes are too large to flatten, put them at curb, whole, but totally empty.
- Any packing material should be placed in a large plastic trash bag.
- Both boxes and packing should be placed at the curb on your regular household garbage day.
Yard Waste is vegetative matter resulting from yard and landscaping maintenance of your own property. This includes materials such as tree branches, leaves, grass clippings or palm fronds. Please prepare Yard Waste properly to expedite pickup.
How to prepare Yard Waste:
- Please put Yard Waste in a 32 gallon trash can. Yard Waste should not protrude above the can level.
- You can also use a sturdy plastic 30 gallon trash bag.
- If you do not wish to use trash cans or trash bags, you can put Yard Waste in bundles no longer than four (4) feet in length. Bundles cannot contain branches larger than six (6) inches in diameter. Any branch larger than six (6) inches in diameter should be cut in half length-wise, tied and bundled.
- Tie bundles with heavy-duty string.
- Bundles, bags, or containers can weigh no more than 50 pounds each.
All Yard Waste is picked up on Wednesdays. Yard Waste placed not more than three (3) feet from the road or curb will be collected once a week between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
There is no limit on the amount of Yard Waste that can be picked up, as long as it is bundled and placed out properly. The removal of large amounts of loose Yard Waste is not part of the residential collection service charge, and is considered an "Extraordinary Service." If you choose to have the hauler pick up your loose Yard Waste, this Extraordinary Service will be charged on your next utility bill. Residents may elect to take the debris to the Lena Road Landfill in their own vehicle.
Commercial customers may also request a free estimate for removal, by calling Manatee County Utilities Customer Service at 941-792-8811, Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., with the exception of holidays. Estimates are done by the franchise hauler supervisor and are based on the yardage scheduled for removal.
Garbage Collection Days and Times
Residential household waste in unincorporated Manatee County is collected twice a week by one of two waste haulers:
- Waste Management (South and East County)
- Waste Pro (North and West County)
Collection days are either Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday. To determine your collection days, please view the Collection Days map, or call Manatee County Utilities Customer Service at 941-792-8811, Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Residential collection can be anytime between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
- Your waste must be placed in one location, not more than three (3) feet from the curb or road, before 6:00 a.m on the day of collection.
- Containers must be easily accessible and free of obstructions.
- Waste must be contained in water tight plastic bags at least 1.5 mil thick, or cans not larger than 32 gallon capacity.
- The total weight of each container must not exceed 50 lbs.
- The waste haulers will not pick up residential garbage containers that include Yard Waste, Household Hazardous Waste or marine or auto parts. Also, bulky items, E-Scrap or more than 2 tires require a special pickup, which may be requested by calling 941-792-8811, Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Household Collection Other Than Curbside
A higher rate is applicable for this service. Please visit the Solid Waste (Garbage) Rates link in our Utility Rates web page to obtain the current rate for rear door service. Handicapped residents who are unable to carry household waste and recycling to the curb may apply for rear door service at the curbside rate by calling 941-792-8811, Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
There is no limit to the amount of garbage you can put out, as long as it is properly prepared and placed. However, removal of extraordinarily large quantities of household debris is not a part of the regular residential collection charge and may be considered as an "Extraordinary Service", as described below.
Extraordinary Service (Large General Clean Up)
This is the removal of an extraordinarily large quantity of household debris. Residential curbside or rear door customers will be provided one annual large general solid waste clean up per residence, at no additional charge, at the curb. To view the charge for additional requests for "Extraordinary Service", please visit the Solid Waste (Garbage) Rates link in our Utility Rates web page. To make arrangements, please call Manatee County Utilities Customer Service at 941-792-8811, Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., with the exception of holidays.
NOTE: Marine, or automotive parts are not included in this provision.
Proper Disposal of TVs
Just purchased a new TV? Wondering what to do with the old one?
Do NOT dispose of TVs in your trash. Prior arrangements must be made before placing a TV at the curb.
- Call 941-792-8811 and speak to a customer service representative for details to schedule a special pickup. You may use your one “free annual” option or pay a fee for this service.
- Deliver the TV to the Manatee County Landfill between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on the 3rd Saturday of each month for proper disposal at no charge.
- Check with your local thrift store to see if they are accepting donations of working TVs.
Disposing of Rechargeable Batteries
In order to keep the public informed on how, what, and where to properly dispose of your rechargeable batteries, you may call 1-800-8BATTERY and enter your zip code or city for a list of sites accepting the Ni Cad or small lead-acid rechargeable batteries. Be sure to call ahead before traveling to a listed site to ensure that they still accept rechargeable batteries.
Also provided is the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation's (RBRC) internet address: http://www.rbrc.com.
Some items in your home that may use rechargeable batteries are cellular phones; toothbrushes; cordless tools such as drills and screwdrivers; flashlights; cameras; radios; CD players; beepers; and battery operated toys. Rechargeable batteries can be recycled at the Manatee County's Household Hazardous Waste collection site, Lena Road Landfill, every third Saturday of the month from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
For more information on the proper disposal of rechargeable batteries, or for the times and location of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collections, please call the HHW Technician directly at 941-708-8561.