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Debris collection, garbage pickup updates for Sarasota and Manatee Counties

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(WWSB) – Regular garbage pickup in the City of Sarasota will begin Thursday, September 14. Unincorporated Sarasota County and the City of Venice restart their garbage collection Wednesday.


The City of Venice will resume recycling collection on Monday Sept. 18th, customers should put out materials on their normal pickup day.  C
ollection of garbage and yard waste ONLY in the City of Venice resumed Wednesday, September 13. Prepare to have your garbage and yard waste to the curb on your next regular pickup day. The city requests that yard waste  be bagged, bundled or tied (if at all possible), with a 40 pound weight limit and no longer than 4 feet.
 
Please separate yard waste, aluminum, roofing materials, etc. into separate piles.  Sandbags are a homeowner's responsibility and Solid Waste will NOT be picking them up.

The City of North Port will also resume solid waste pickup on Wednesday for customers normally serviced by Waste Management on the Wednesday schedule.

Remember, your normal garbage collectors will only pick up trash, not storm debris. A separate contractor will take care of storm debris. And debris pickup may not occur on your normal collection day.

If you only have a small amount of storm debris, it can be bagged as yard waste and picked up on the regularly scheduled day.

Storm debris is not required to be bagged or bundled. It just needs to be placed on the curb with care to avoid the street, fire hydrants, and light poles.

Sarasota County officials expect to have debris removal operations up and running by Monday, Sept. 18.

The Sarasota County Landfill is open for trash and yard waste Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Residents can transport vegetative storm related debris and trash to the landfill. All fees are waived until Sept. 23.

If you live in one of the following municipalities, you may contact your local government for information on debris/trash collections.

  • City of North Port - 941-240-8050
  • City of Sarasota - 941-954-4198
  • City of Venice - 941-486-2422
  • Town of Longboat Key - 941-316-1988

In Manatee County, debris contractors will take time this week to assess how much debris needs to be picked up and what resources are needed. Residents in Manatee County should place all storm related debris at the curb. The county asks that residents remain patient as they work to clean up, warning that it could take several weeks to complete operations.

Residents should have visual inspections of damage and debris completed before placing debris on the curb. No one needs to call the county to arrange curbside pickup. To ensure pickup, however, make sure debris is sorted as follows:

  • Yard waste (trees, limbs, brush, etc.) does not need to be bundled and should be put on the curb. Leaves should be bagged.
  • White goods (appliances such as refrigerators and freezers) should be emptied before being put on the curb. Spoiled contents should be placed in garbage for pickup.
  • Construction and debris material (metal awnings, roofing material, drywall, carpet and lumber, etc.) should be placed in a separate pile.
  • Household garbage (trash, cups, food scraps, etc.) should be disposed of normally. Garbage will be collected on a normal schedule beginning Monday, September 18.

Yard waste collection will be suspended until vegetative storm debris has been collected.

Pickup schedule for the remainder of the week for residents in Manatee County is as follows:

  • Residents with Tuesday/Friday pickup will have trash collected on normal days
  • Residents with Monday/Tuesday pickup will have trash collected on Wednesday and Thursday

Recycling collection operations are suspended for the week. County officials recommend residents hold onto their sandbags for next time they're needed. However, if residents choose to dispose of sandbags, they should be placed alongside household garbage and will be picked up when normal collection resumes next week. Sandbags should not be included with yard waste and other storm debris.

Residents may also take storm debris to the Lena Road Landfill where disposal may be subject to standard fee rates, which can be viewed here. Residents with debris removal questions should click here, or call Manatee County Customer Service at 941-792-8811.

For more information, click here, or call 941-748-4501.

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