Sarasota County Single-Stream Recycling Cart Survey
Sarasota County recently transitioned from a dual-stream recycling program (red and blue bins) to a single-stream recycling program (blue cart on wheels). Residents continue to recycle things like paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, and aluminum and steel cans by placing all recyclable materials together in one recycling cart.
We are soliciting feedback from residents who live in the unincorporated parts of Sarasota County* about their experience with the program transition. Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey.
*does not apply to residents living in the cities of Sarasota, Venice and North Port or the Town of Longboat Key.
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:
Chemical Collection Center
8750 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Citizens' Convenience Center
4000 Knights Trail Road, Nokomis
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Chemical Collection Center
250 S. Jackson Road, Venice
Wednesday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
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.
If you live in unincorporated Sarasota County and did not receive a new cart for recycling, or your cart is broken, contact Waste Management at 941-493-4100.
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. or drop them off at one of the 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. 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, contact Waste Management at 941-493-4100.
- 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.