In Sarasota County’s continued effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community, and to help better protect the community and our employees, the following changes are in effect for Solid Waste facilities:
YARD WASTE COLLECTION SERVICES TO RESUME ON MONDAY, AUG. 3
Curbside collection of residential yard waste will resume regularly scheduled service beginning on Monday, August 3.
Residents in unincorporated Sarasota County may continue to self-haul their yard waste to the Central County Solid Waste Complex and will not be charged a fee* through Aug. 15, 2020. Residents wishing to dispose of residential yard waste must call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000 in advance to confirm residency, register for disposal and receive instructions about the disposal process.
*Does not apply to residents in the cities of Sarasota, Venice or North Port or the Town of Longboat Key.
Sarasota County Solid Waste will continue to monitor the situation, make adjustments as needed, and reserves the right to modify the program as state and local guidelines dictate.
Rethinking Yard Waste Disposal - blog post from Sarasota County UF/IFAS Extension and Sustainability
CHEMICAL COLLECTION CENTERS (hazardous waste drop-off sites) - What is open?
- The three Chemical Collection Centers are accepting hazardous waste from all residential and commercial customers. Appointments are not required.
- Disposal for Sarasota County residents is free, however limits may apply.
- Applicable disposal rates will apply for businesses. Payment must be made by credit/debit card (cash and/or checks will not be accepted).
CHEMICAL COLLECTION CENTERS (hazardous waste drop-off sites) - What is closed?
- Admin office at the Bee Ridge Chemical Collection Center
- The Re-Uz-It Shop at the Bee Ridge Chemical Collection Center
CENTRAL COUNTY LANDFILL - What is open?
- Disposal for customers and contractors. Payment must be made by credit/debit card (cash and/or checks will not be accepted).
- RC Fliers Club (members only).
- Mulch/fines (limited quantities available).
CENTRAL COUNTY LANDFILL - What is closed?
- Admin office
- Birding/nature observation
Recycling and reuse of materials have long been associated with wise construction practices. Communities and experienced contractors are now reaping the environmental and possible economic advantages of Construction Waste Management practices that include the reuse and recycling of Construction and Demolition (C&D) debris. Sarasota County encourages the responsible separation and recycling of construction and demolition debris to support the county’s sustainability goals and to help save on costly disposal fees.
Contractors Guide to C&D Recycling
A three-year study of the construction and demolition industry was completed by Sarasota County’s Solid Waste department in August 2010. The purpose of the project was to determine what barriers exist that inhibit the recycling of C&D material and what can be done to overcome those barriers.
A Contractors Guide to C&D Recycling was developed from the lessons learned during this project.
Use a Construction Waste Management Plan (CWMP) to plan how you will manage your C&D materials. Need help? View the sample. (Below)
Items Accepted and Best Practices
It is important to know what is acceptable and not acceptable for Construction and Demolition (C&D) recycling.
We recommend that you familiarize yourself with the definitions designated by the State to define certain materials and how they are handled and in what type of facility they can be handled.
DON’T mix garbage such as food waste and wrappers, fast food bags, beverage containers, etc. into C&D debris containers destined for either recycling or disposal.
- Debris containers' signage tip: Organize your job site by placing bilingual signage on your containers.
- Check with your service provider to check what material they will accept based on the final point of disposition (disposal/recovery/recycling).
- Fluorescent bulbs, mercury-containing devices, debris painted with lead-based paint, asbestos, oil based paints, and other C&D debris materials may have special requirements for handling and disposal.
- Sample List of Common Items Accepted
- Bathroom Fixtures
- Ceiling Tiles
- Landscaping Materials
- Lighting Fixtures
- Trim/Antique Moldings
- Wood Beams and Posts
For items not listed above, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000 to confirm disposal options and requirements.
C&D debris is subject to the applicable Landfill Disposal Rates.
To learn more about what is Hazardous Waste and how to handle/dispose of waste, refer to the C&D Hazardous Waste document (below) or call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000.