Sarasota County Ordinance 2006-001 states collection containers and other items should be placed at the curb no earlier than 5 p.m. of the day before your scheduled collection day. Serenoa Lakes collection day is Wednesday! All items must be at the curb by 6 a.m. on your collection day. Containers must be removed from the curb by 10 a.m. the day after collection and stored inside the garage, beside or behind the house.
Garbage must be placed in containers with closed lids, or in closed plastic bags.
Each garbage container or bag cannot weigh more than 40 pounds. Items that weigh more require a special pick-up. Call Waste Management at 493-4100 for additional information.
Place garbage containers and recycling bins on the same side of your driveway, opposite yard waste containers.
Place all containers and items no more than three feet from the curb.
Stack bags and other items neatly.
Auto parts are not accepted. Contact a scrap metal dealer or junk yard for disposal
Construction materials such as lumber and drywall are limited to four 32 gallon containers.
Do not mix household hazardous waste, motor oil, recyclables, needles or yard waste in garbage containers or bags.
Recycling is mandatory for everyone who receives service from Sarasota County Waste Management.
First offense - written warning issued within seven (7) calendar days to comply
Second offense - $200
Third offense - $300
Fourth offense - $500
Place only these items in the red bin or in a recycling container for paper recyclables. Excess materials can be placed in a paper grocery bag or tied in bundles and placed next to the bin.
Brown paper bags
Cardboard boxes (must be broken down to a size of two feet by three feet)
Junk mail (including window envelopes)
Newspapers and advertisements (removed plastic sleeves)
Writing and office paper
Place only these items in the blue bin or in a recycling container for commingled (other mixed) recyclables.
Empty aerosol cans
Aluminum cans, foil and trays
Glass bottles and jars (all colors)
Milk and juice boxes made from wax-coated paper
No.1 and No. 2 plastic bottles that have a neck
These items are NOT recyclable:
Beer and soda cartons
Butter or margarine tubs
Gift-wrap and tissue paper
Pool and other chemical containers
Plastic deli trays
Sarasota County offers a one-time courtesy curbside cardboard pickup. Call Waste Management at 493-4100 to schedule.
Remove all caps from bottles and place the caps in the garbage.
Glass bottles and jars can be any color. No window glass, mirrors, bulbs, ovenware, ceramic, drinking glasses or eyeglasses.
Place the blue bin on top of the red bin for collection, especially on rainy or windy days to hold papers down and to minimize the amount of rain soaked paper materials.
Do not put recyclables in plastic bags or garbage containers.
Need a recycling bin?
Call Waste Management at 493-4100. Dispose of damaged recycling bins by attaching a note on them and placing them next to your garbage.
Yard waste includes grass clippings, leaves, shrub trimmings, palm fronds, tree limbs and branches. Unprepared yard waste will not be picked up.
Each container, bag or bundle cannot be more than four feet in length or weigh more than 40 pounds.
Place yard waste in containers or tie in bundles. Plastic bags are discouraged. Kraft paper bags may be purchased at various stores and garden centers.
Branches, limbs and stumps cannot exceed 16 inches in diameter or weigh more than 40 pounds.
Remove all fruit from tree branches and dispose of the fruit in the garbage.
Treated wood is not considered yard waste. Place treated wood with your garbage for collection.
Remove all tinsel and ornaments from holiday trees before placing them at the curb.
Yard waste placed in cardboard boxes, wheelbarrows or recycling bins will not be picked up.
Other Collected Items
Residents must call Waste Management at 493-4100 to schedule a free pick-up of an appliance or an electronic device. Please call 48 hours prior to your regular collection day. Remove all food items and refrigerator doors from the appliance before placing it at the curb.
Appliances Air conditioners (window units only) Clothes driers Dishwashers Freezers Microwave ovens Refrigerators Stoves Trash compactors Washing machines Water heaters
Electronics Computer systems Fax machines keyboards Monitors Power supplies Printers Scanners Televisions
Small handheld appliances such as blenders, coffee pots, mixers and toasters can be placed in the garbage for disposal.
No electronics from businesses or other organizations are accepted.
Smaller electronics including VCR and DVD players, home stereo equipment and radios can be placed in the garbage for disposal.
Motor oil and filters
Residents may place motor oil and oil filters at the curb in a designated area for pickup. Place oil in containers that are one gallon or less and have screw-top lids and the words "Used Motor Oil" visibly written on the container. There is a limit of five gallons of oil and five oil filters per week.
Automotive tires up to 25 inches in diameter either on or off the rims can be placed next to your garbage for pickup. This service is provided free and does not require a scheduled pickup. Limit of four tires per week. Do not place tires in garbage containers.
Bulk items are picked up free. Mattresses, including box springs and sofa beds are picked up for free, but must be scheduled for pickup. Call Waste Management at 493-4100 to schedule a pickup.
The following items are picked up free on your collection day: Bathroom fixtures - toilet, sink and small vanity Barbecue grills - remove the propane cylinder before placing the barbecue grill at the curb for pickup. Carpet - must be cut to four feet in length, no heavier than 40 pounds rolled, folded, tied, or taped. Ladders Push lawn mowers - remove the oil and gas before placing the mower at the curb for pickup.
Oversized items are not picked up for free. You may call Waste Management at 493-4100 for pickup and collection cost information for the following items: Basketball poles Bathtubs Carpet - rolls longer than four feet Christmas trees more than six feet tall Construction debris exceeding four 32 gallon containers Construction materials such as drywall, wood, carpet and concrete Garage doors and openers Large exercise equipment Large glass windows and tabletops Large mirrors Mailboxes on posts Pianos and organs Picnic tables Playground equipment Riding lawn mowers Sheds Sliding glass doors Tree debris exceeding 40 pounds, 16 inches in diameter, four feet in length or is not canned, bagged, bundled or tied Unprepared fencing
Household Hazardous Waste
Many household products can harm people, wildlife and the environment if disposed of incorrectly. Never pour household chemicals down a sink, dump it down a storm drain or place it in your garbage can.
Bring household hazardous waste to the North County collection center for safe, free disposal: Aerosol cans with product Antifreeze Art and hobby chemicals Automotive batteries Automotive fluids Diesel fuel Drain cleaners Fertilizers and poisons Fire extinguishers Fluorescent light bulbs Gasoline Household cleaners Kerosene Lawn and garden chemicals Paints, varnishes and shellac Paint thinner and stripper Mercury thermometers Pesticides Pool acids Propane tanks (up to 20 pounds only) Rechargeable batteries
North County Chemical Collection Center 8750 Bee Ridge Road Sarasota, Florida Open Wednesday - Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed government holidays
Needle disposal and container exchange program
Never place needles or lancets in garbage cans or recycling bins. Sarasota County offers free collection containers and disposal services to residents. For program information call the Department of Health at 861-6133.