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SOLID WASTE & RECYCLING SERVICE COLLECTIONS RESUME

  • Date: 05/04/2020  

The city of Clearwater understands the frustration caused by the suspension of some solid waste services, and we appreciate your patience and understanding as we seek to protect the health and safety of the public and city employees. In anticipation of a loosening of statewide Stay-at-Home restrictions, city management is pleased to announce, starting May 4, Clearwater’s Solid Waste & Recycling services will return to regular service levels.

Yard Waste & Recycling Resume

  • Yard waste and bulk item collections will resume to service levels before the COVID-19 pandemic affected city service. Blue-barrel recycling will no longer be rerouted to the Pinellas County Waste-to-Energy Plant. The Solid Waste Department will be fully staffed to collect and transport recycling for processing. Please place only approved recyclable material in blue barrels for collection.

Recycle Properly

  • Clearwater Solid Waste & Recycling customers should continue to use their blue recycling barrels for recyclable materials only. To reduce contamination of the city’s collected recyclables, residents should remember to Simplify to 5. The only items that should be placed in your blue recycling bin should be plastic bottles and containers (#1-7), metal cans, glass bottles and jars, flattened cardboard boxes, and mixed paper. Everything else should go in the trash. 

Bins to Curb by 7 A.M.

  • Please be sure your black and blue barrels are placed at the curb prior to 7 a.m. on your collection day or the night before. Solid waste and recycling crews begin their routes early. 

We Ask for Patience

  • Because yard waste and bulk collections were not being serviced for most of April 2020, residents might experience some delays in their yard waste and bulk collection service due to heavy loads or routes. If solid waste crews are not able to complete routes as scheduled, they will begin where they left off the day before to ensure everyone receives yard waste and bulk service. Residents are asked to be patient as solid waste crews work hard to get caught up and collect all materials that have been placed curbside in Clearwater’s neighborhoods within the last few weeks.

Previous Updates

Pinellas County Yard Waste Disposal Fees

  • As of April 20, for customers who don’t want to wait for the city to resume yard waste collection, residents can self-haul and self-unload their yard waste at Pinellas County Solid Waste Department. The county has reinstated disposal fees of $3 per car and $10 per pickup truck fee for yard waste disposal. Larger vehicles will pay $39.75 per ton. The facility is located at 3095 114th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL, and can be reached at (727) 464-7500. Accepted forms of payment include credit cards only; no cash.

Pinellas County HEC3 Facility

  • Pinellas County Solid Waste's Household Electronics and Chemical Collection Center, or HEC3 center, is currently closed. The facility usually serves as a disposal location for certain household waste.

Additional Questions

You can call the Solid Waste Operations Line at (727) 562-4920.

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