Despite the Convenience of Curbside Recycling Pickup, Polk County

Yard trash Removal Polk County Florida

Trash Removal / June 19, 2018

Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day Sept. 4, 2017 Monday – pick up Tuesday
Tuesday – pick up Wednesday
Thanksgiving Nov. 24, 2017 Thursday-pick up-Friday

Friday–pick up Saturday

Christmas Dec. 25, 2017 Monday pick up Tuesday
New Year’s Day Jan. 1, 2018 Monday pick up Tuesday

Tuesday pick up Wednesday


Yard Trash

Bagged grass, leaves and small piles of clippings are collected weekly on Wednesdays, (Unless route changes occur due to holidays). Tree trimmings, furniture, construction/demolition materials, appliances and tires are collected on an as can serve basis with no scheduled day. There is an additional charge for collection of these items. Call 863-965-5511 for rates. All items must be separated and placed at curbside. DO NOT place items under power/phone lines, over water meters, sprinklers, next to mailboxes, vehicles, or fences.

Tree trimmings under 24 inches in diameter may be cut in lengths not to exceed 48 inches.

Tree limbs exceeding 24 inches in diameter must be cut in lengths not to exceed 24 inches.


Residential curbside recycling collection day is the same day as your trash pickup, unless schedules changes are necessary due to holidays. This is a contracted service by Trash Taxi. Trash Taxi customers service phone number is 1-866-872-7446. Containers should be placed at curbside and removed as solid waste containers. A recycling dumpsters is located at Public Works, 915 Charles Avenue. The dumpsters are for large items that may not fit into your container or an abundance of materials are to be recycled. Materials accepted are magazines, newspapers, cardboard, steel cans, aluminum cans, plastic and telephone books.

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Environmental Services

Used Motor oil, antifreeze and automotive batteries may be brought to the Public Works Department located at 915 Charles Ave. Monday thru Friday 7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. This is for residential customers only. No hazardous waste is collected or taken for disposal by this department. These items should not be placed in containers at curbside for collection. Polk County Solid Waste operates a Household Hazardous Waste Collection site. Call 284-4319 for information about site hours and location. Examples of hazardous waste but not limited to are: pesticides, fertilizers, paint, household chemicals, fluorescent bulbs, propane tanks and fuels.

Storm Water

Storm water and storm water management deals with both water quantity and water quantity. Public Works is responsible for maintaining water quality by performing routine maintenance of canals, catch basins, storm-pipes, roadway swales and ditches. Any problems associated with flooding or drainage should be reported to the Public Works Department at 863-965-5511.

Storm water quality is a responsibility of both the city and its residents. Our lakes are a very valuable resource. The lakes are home to many wading birds, otters, alligators, turtles and fish.

The city tries to protect our water quality through practices to keep pollutants from entering into our lakes by street sweeping and litter control. Routine inspections of industrial facilities throughout the city help to prevent and detect any illicit discharges.