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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.

Link to 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?

  1. Residents may keep the bins and use for storage, repurposing, etc.

  2. 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.

What RESIDENTS need to know
Other frequently asked questions

What you can (and can't) recycle