Carts are being delivered now through Dec. 20. Single-stream collection begins the week of Jan. 6, 2020. Keep using your red and blue bins until Jan. 3.
The county has provided residential and commercial solid waste collection services to its residents and businesses via a franchise system for more than 35 years. More than 154,000 residential customers and 2,500 commercial customers are serviced weekly equating to 14M+ collections annually. In 2020, Sarasota County will move to a system of single-stream recycling.
- In January 2020, all residents in unincorporated Sarasota County will transition from a manual dual-stream, bin-based collection system to an automated, single-stream, cart-based system.
- The standard single-family home will receive a 65-gallon capacity cart on wheels. The cart measures 40.5' (h) x 26.7' (w) x 28.11' (d).
- Multifamily or common-area residences will have access to single-stream recycling carts.
- Trucks will use a robotic arm to lift and empty the recycling carts.
- Single-stream recycling collection will begin the week of Jan. 6, 2020. Recycling materials will not be collected in red and blue recycling bins after Jan. 3, 2020.
- Until single-stream recycling begins, store carts behind or beside your home, inside your garage, etc. Do not store them on the sidewalk in front of your home. Follow any storage rules that might be required by your homeowner's association.
- When recycling collections starts, keep the cart at least three feet away from other objects such as mailboxes, utility poles and cars so the automated arm on the recycling truck can easily access the cart for service. Position the cart so that the opening of the lid is facing the street.
There will be no changes in service for commercial customers. Please contact your service provider to make any changes to your recycling collection.
- Cart delivery began Nov. 1. It will continue through approximately Dec. 20, 2019. Approximately 3,400 carts will be delivered daily, Mondays-Saturdays (weather permitting).
- Single-stream collection will begin the week of Jan. 6, 2020. Do not use the new carts until Jan. 6.
- Enter your address in our map application to learn when delivery is scheduled for your neighborhood.
- Due to the large quantity of carts being delivered, Sarasota County cannot accommodate requests for changes in delivery dates. Residents who will be away from Sarasota during the delivery timeframe are encouraged to ask family, neighbors, friends or trusted home service (i.e. landscaper) to move the cart from the driveway to the side of the residence.
- If you live in unincorporated Sarasota County and did not receive a new cart for recycling during the estimated delivery time frame for your residential area, complete this online form or call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000.
- There will be no changes to the current schedule for curbside collection services for trash or yard waste.
- Can I get a second cart? Not at this time.
- Will I be billed for the new cart? No. The cost of the cart is included in your annual non ad-valorem assessment.
- What do I do with my old bins? Residents may keep them for storage or return them to one of Sarasota County's three Chemical Collection Centers.
- Can I recycle the PVC cart I used for my red and blue bins? No. Residents are encouraged to find another use for the carts or dispose of them in the garbage. Cart holders should be broken down and placed in a garbage bag or in your garbage container for disposal. Carts left intact will not be collected for disposal.
- What to do if your cart was delivered broken or is stolen: If you live in unincorporated Sarasota County, complete this online form or call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000.
- Will residents also receive a cart for trash? No. At this time, carts are only being provided for recycling.
- What do I do if I have more recycling materials than what fits in the cart? Can I leave them outside the cart for pickup? No. Since we are transitioning to automated collection, only recyclable materials placed in the carts will be picked up. Items left outside the cart will not be picked up.
- Do you still offer the one-time courtesy pickup for moving boxes? Yes. To schedule your one-time courtesy pickup for moving boxes, contact Waste Management at 941-493-4100.
- What if something spills in my cart? It is the homeowner's responsibility to keep their recycling cart clean. If something spills in the cart, it is recommended to clean it out so that future items placed in the cart do not become contaminated and to detract from flies or animals.
- My cart was tagged with a sticker or OOPS card. What does that mean? Stickers and cards are informational and will explain why your cart was not emptied. Remove any non-recyclable materials or other contaminants as indicated on the sticker or card and place the cart curbside on your next scheduled collection day.
- What do I do with the cart if I am moving? Recycling carts are the property of Sarasota County and are assigned to the home, not the homeowner. If you move, leave the recycling cart at the residence. When you move, please store the cart inside for safe keeping.
- Is Sarasota County expanding the recycling program to accept more items? No. Sarasota County will continue to collect the basics: paper and cardboard, plastics, aluminum and steel cans, and glass bottles or jars. For a list of acceptable and non-acceptable items, please see the label on the lid of the recycling cart or download the Recycle Coach app and use the What Goes Where feature.
- Can I put compostable items in my recycling container? No. Only place items accepted by Sarasota County's recycling program in the cart.
- When should I put my cart out? Carts may be placed at the curb no earlier than 5 p.m. the day before collection and should be curbside by 6 a.m. on collection day. Empty containers should be brought in from the curb by 10 a.m. on the day following collection.
Getting your cart to the curb is as easy as TIP, ROLL and PLACE!
|TIP the cart back.||ROLL it to the curb.||PLACE it with the arrow facing the street.|