Yard Waste Collection


Yard Waste

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. Prepare yard waste properly to expedite pickup.

All Yard Waste is picked up on Wednesdays, unless there is a change due to holiday schedule. Properly prepared yard waste placed no more than three (3) feet from the curb or road will be collected once a week between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.


Do prepare your yard waste properly:

  • BAG IT: Use sturdy garbage bags.
  • BUNDLE IT: If you don’t wish to use garbage cans or garbage bags, you must put yard waste in bundles no longer than 4 feet in length.
    • Bundles cannot contain branches large then 6 inches in diameter. Any branch larger than 6 inches in diameter must be cut in half lengthwise, tied, and bundled.
    • Tie bundles with heavy-duty string.
  • CAN IT: Put yard waste in 32-gallon garbage cans. Yard waste must not extend above the top of the can.
  • LARGE QUANTITIES: For very large quantities of yard waste too difficult to bundle, a special collection can be arranged for a fee or you may use your one free annual collection.
  • Bags, bundles or 32-gallon garbage cans must not weigh more than 50 pounds each.
 DON'T put the following out with yard waste:
  • Garbage
  • Animal Waste
  • Fruit
  • Mulch

The above items must be placed in the garbage.


You may also take your yard waste to the landfill for a fee.


  • Free Annual / Special Pick-up: Each residential address located in unincorporated Manatee County can utilize one (1) collection per year for solid waste at no additional cost. You can use this service for the collection of more than two (2) large items or too much yard waste to bundle. Additional special pick-ups are available for an additional service fee.
  • To see if you qualify for a free annual, please call customer services at 941-792-8811.
  • One per year (Oct. 1st - Sept. 30th) per residential address.
  • There is a 60 cubic yard limit (L 40' x W 8' x H 6')