What can I recycle?

Clearwater Blue Recycling Bins stacked in a row

Blue Recycling Carts

The city provides each residence with a blue recycling cart with a lid to keep material dry and to help control litter. All accepted materials can be placed into a single recycling cart and placed on the curb for once-a-week collection. This cart remains the property of the city.

If you need a new blue recycling cart, call our operations team at (727) 562-4920.

What items are accepted? Remember to "Simplify to 5"!

The following materials can be taken to the city of Clearwater's Recycling Drop-off Center at the Clearwater Solid Waste Complex, 1701 N. Hercules Ave.:

Clearwater Recycles - Simplify to 5  

You can help the environment by choosing to recycle, but not everything can be recycled!

Remember to “simplify to 5” and only recycle these five categories of items:

  • All plastic bottles and jugs #1-7 (no Styrofoam, plastic bags or wraps)
  • Glass bottles/jars
  • Aluminum/steel cans and empty aerosol cans
  • Mixed paper. If you can rip it, you can recycle it. This includes newspapers, office paper, magazines, junk mail, phone books, paperback books, cereal/food boxes, envelopes, shoe boxes, wrapping paper and folders. This does not include tissues, paper towels and napkins.
  • Flattened cardboard and cartons

What items are not accepted in your recycling cart?

Simplify to 5 Nos

Please remove all recyclables from plastic bags before emptying them into the recycling dumpsters. Plastic bags, films, and wraps cannot be recycled in the city of Clearwater.

Plastic grocery bags, plastic trash bags, tires, scrap metal, electronic, hazardous waste and food scraps are not accepted as recyclables. They should not be included in recycling bins and dumpsters.

Shredded paper should be placed in your compost bin or the trash. It is not accepted in Clearwater's recycling program.

Hazardous waste, electronics, tires and garbage will not be accepted at the Recycling Drop-off Center.

When in Doubt, Throw It Out!

If you're not sure if an item is recyclable or not, throw it away instead or check the Pinellas County "Where Does It Go?" Search Tool to find the proper ways to recycle or dispose of specific items in your area.

Plastic bags, plastic films and wraps, ropes, Christmas lights, fabric, scrap metal, tires, and electronics cannot be recycled through Clearwater’s curbside recycling program as they damage the equipment in recycling facilities.

Remember to stick to the basics when it comes to recycling. All accepted items should be relatively clean and not in bags to make sure the materials are accepted by our recycling facilities and not diverted to the landfill.

Blue containers are for recycling only, not overflow for trash or yard waste. Trash in the recycling bins contaminates the recycling truck contents. 

Recycle Your Cooking Oil

cooking grease

Grease repurposing is available to city residents, making it easy to properly dispose of household and cooking fats, oils and greases that can cause serious, costly sewer problems by creating blockages in pipes.

Grease repurposing is available on a drop-off basis only. Due to limited resources, there currently is no curbside pick-up of oils for repurposing.

How to Repurpose Your Grease

grease recycling

  1. Place leftover cooking greases, frying oils, meat drippings, and bacon fats into a container.
  2. Bring the grease to the city's Recycling Drop-off Center at 1701 N. Hercules Ave.
  3. Pour the contents of your container into the large green barrel that is on-site. Take your container home or place it in the trash after, as a container with a layer of grease inside is not recyclable.

The center is open to Clearwater residents 24 hours a day, seven days a week. No commercial material will be accepted. For more information, call the Solid Waste/Recycling Department at (727) 562-4920.

Customized Commercial Recycling Programs

The Solid Waste/Recycling department creates a recycling program tailored to each business by sending a supervisor to visit the site and perform an on-site evaluation. The department is proud to offer a variety of recycling dumpster sizes and cart clusters in order to provide service to businesses large and small. Program rates vary depending on container size and frequency of pick-up. In many cases, recycling will result in savings over the solid waste rates.


yes to cardboard; no to plastics

If businesses choose a recycling program with a cardboard dumpster, nothing but cardboard should be placed in that dumpster. This means no Styrofoam, plastic packaging or plastic bags should be in that dumpster. Clean cardboard is collected and processed separately from mixed recyclables, and the city appreciates all efforts to recycle properly.