To drop off garbage at the disposal facility, residents and garbage trucks must go through the Scalehouse. Attendants will take your payment or charge your account and direct customers to the designated area. All customers are required, at a minimum, to wear closed-toed shoes for safety reasons. See Personal Protective Equipment Requirements .
- Loads must be covered when bringing material to Pinellas County Solid Waste. Reference the following Florida Statutes for requirements:
- Loads on vehicles - F.S. 316.520
- Penalties - F.S. 318.18(12)
Disposal Fees and Information:
- Disposal Fee: $37.50 per ton (see below for tire disposal fees)
- Flat Fees*
- The flat fee is not available if modifications have been made to the vehicle (including sidewalls)
- Pickup trucks & vans $10/load
- Passenger vehicles $ 2/load
- Christmas trees only - up to 5 $ 3/load
*All others weigh in and out at $37.50 per ton (see Required Deposit below).
- Tire Fees
- Less than 5 tires charged at above disposal fees
- 5 or more tires weigh in and out at $50.50 per ton (see Required Deposit below)
- Mixed loads containing tires weigh in and out at $50.50 per ton (see Required Deposit below)
- Tires up to 36": accepted whole
- Tires over 36": must be cut into quarters
- Up to 2 tires can be attached to a rim; all others must have rim removed
- No tractor trailer tires
- Special Fees
- Load Search Fee: $100
- Special Waste Fee: $100
- Accepted under 24' in length, without motor, fluids, electronics, or fuel tank
- Must be able to remove boat from vehicle without assistance from contractor or the County
- Fuel Containers
- EMPTY fuel tanks and drums are accepted with one end open and are subject to inspection
- EMPTY cylinders are accepted with valve removed
- Special Waste (such as asbestos, sludge, industrial/processed waste, over-sized items, or soil) requires an appointment. Additional tests may be necessary. Call (727) 464-7500.
- Prohibited Items
- No Hazardous waste**
- No gasoline or fuel oil**
- No radioactive waste
- No biological waste
- No infectious waste
- No liquid waste
- No explosives
** Accepted at HEC3 from residents.
For further information on disposal and recycling in Pinellas County, see the A to Z Guide.
Payment Options:Non-Account Holding Customers
Both the general public and businesses without accounts pay for their loads at the scalehouse. Flat fees for some pickup trucks, vans, and passenger vehicles may be available. If a flat fee does not apply, vehicles are charged $37.50 per ton or $50.50 per ton for tires. A deposit is taken going in and the total is settled after unloading.
- Required Deposit
- 50% of the gross total loaded vehicle weight
- Deposit on credit cards may be held 3-5 business days based on policy of issuing bank
Cash and checks are accepted. Visa and MasterCard are accepted but cardholder must be in vehicle. No starter checks, out-of-state personal checks, or two-party checks. Checks are made payable to Pinellas County Solid Waste.
Account Holding Customers
Frequent, regular users of Solid Waste facilities may want to set up a payment account for more convenient billing and faster service. An escrow deposit (two months estimated tipping fee) is required. To set up an account, download the application packet here . Pinellas County Solid Waste does not offer automatic reoccurring payment options at this time. Account holding customers make payments by mail or at the Administration Building. Though customers can view their accounts online, we do not take payments online, over the phone, or at the scalehouse.
- Mail - Customers with accounts may mail check or money order payments to Department of Solid Waste, 3095 114th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33716. Credit card payment is not accessible by mail.
- Administration Building - Business hours are Monday - Friday,
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.