Single-stream collection begins the week of Jan. 6.
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.|
Place 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.
What do I do with my old red and blue recycling bins?
Residents may keep the bins and use for storage, repurposing, etc.
Residents may drop off old red and blue recycling bins for recycling at the following locations:
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. PVC carts should be broken down and placed in a garbage bag or in your home garbage container for disposal. Carts left intact will not be collected for disposal at the curb.
- In January 2020, Sarasota County's mandatory curbside recycling program for residents (Ordinance 2019-052) is transitioning from a dual-stream collection system (the red and blue bins) to a single-stream collection system (the blue cart).
- Trucks will use a robotic arm to lift and empty the recycling carts.
- There will be no changes to the current schedule for curbside collection services for trash, recycling or yard waste.
- If you live in unincorporated Sarasota County and did not receive a new cart for recycling, complete this online form or call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000.
- Single-stream recycling collection begins the week of Jan. 6, 2020. Until that time, residents should continue to use the red and blue bins.
- Any recyclable materials placed in the red and blue bins, or left loose at the curb after Jan. 6, will no longer be collected.
- 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, place 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.
- What do I do with my old bins? Residents may keep the bins and use for storage, repurposing, etc. Between Jan. 6-31, residents may return them to one of these drop-off locations. In addition, Sarasota County's three Chemical Collection Centers will also accept the old bins on an ongoing basis.
- 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. PVC carts 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 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.
- 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 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.
- 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.
12 Holiday Recycling Tips
TREES, LIGHTS AND DECOR
1. Remove all decor.
2. Place old lights and tinsel in the garbage.
3. Trees taller than 6 feet should be cut into pieces that are 4 feet or less in length.
4. Place at the curb on your regular yard waste collection day.
5. Flatten and cut down to 2'x3' pieces.
6. Recycle paper-only cards and envelopes.
7. Place cards with metal and/or other decorations in the garbage.
ELECTRONICS AND BATTERIES
8. Bring old electronics (cell phones, computers, game systems, etc.) and rechargeable or button batteries to one of Sarasota County's Chemical Collection Centers.
9. Place alkaline batteries in the garbage.
STYROFOAM PACKING MATERIAL
10. Place in the garbage or return to retailer or shipping store that accepts these materials.
11. Do not recycle block or loose Styrofoam packing material curbside.
12. Place all wrapping paper in the garbage.