Garbage and Recycling



We are aware of some delays being experienced with curbside collection of garbage, recycling, yard waste, etc. for residents living in the unincorporated parts of the county. There are a number of factors contributing to the situation including staffing challenges with our vendors due to COVID-19 and a shortage of available trained staff both locally and regionally. The waste haulers are currently working six days a week (Monday-Saturday) to get caught up.

Please know that Manatee County’s Utilities Department is working diligently to restore the expected level of customer service by working with the waste haulers daily.



Manatee County staff continue to serve the public and services will continue to operate despite the closure of public buildings. For unincorporated Manatee County the garbage, yard waste and recyclables are still being collected. The public is encouraged to conduct transactions with the county online or over the phone whenever possible.

Find your trash and recycling collection days:

Storm Preparation and Debris Management

Residential How-To Guide

Find information about garbage collection, special items collection (furniture, appliances, tires), yard waste, recycling, and more. This guide includes details on how to prepare your items for collection, what can't be disposed of through regular garbage or recycling collection and hints and reminders for hurricane season.

Download a PDF of our Residential Guide to Garbage, Yard Waste & Recycling or browse through it below.


Holiday collections

When a holiday falls on a scheduled pickup day, trash will be collected one day later than your scheduled pickup day for the rest of that week. Regular collection days resume the following Monday.


  • NEW YEARS DAY - Friday, January 1
  • PRESIDENTS' DAY - Monday, February 15
  • MEMORIAL DAY - Monday, May 31
  • 4TH OF JULY - Sunday, July 4
  • LABOR DAY  - Monday, September 6
  • THANKSGIVING DAY - Thursday, November 25
  • CHRISTMAS DAY - Saturday, December 25

Community Cleanup Information and Schedule

Community Cleanups are for residential customers only.

Community cleanups do not cover the entire area of a community. You will receive a postcard about the community cleanup if you live in that area. Enter your address here to see if you are in an area with an upcoming Community Cleanup.

Items accepted a the curb:

  • Household trash
  • Yard waste
  • Appliances
  • Tires (limit 10)
  • Large items
  • Electronics

No Household Hazardous Waste will be collected. This includes oil, gas, paint, household chemicals, etc. You can dispose of these materials at the Lena Road Landfill, 3333 Lena Road, Bradenton (3rd traffic light east of I-75 off State Road 64) from Monday through Friday from 8am - 5pm and every third Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Below are the upcoming Community Cleanup events in 2021:

  • Jan. 23rd - Rubonia #1
  • Feb. 6th - 14th St CRA Area
  • Mar. 6th - Palmetto #2
  • Mar. 13th -South County #2
  • Apr. 17th - Samoset #2
  • May 15th - Parrish
  • Jun. 12th - Rubonia #2
  • Jul. 17th - Palmetto #3
  • Aug. 14th - South County #3
  • Sept. 18th - Holiday Heights