Pinellas County Solid Waste is where our landfill is located – but it’s much more than just a landfill! Pinellas County has one of the most advanced waste management systems in the Southeast United States. To learn more, you can take a tour - Call (727) 464-7500 or email to request a tour of the facility.
Pinellas County Solid Waste manages the only landfill in the county that takes household garbage.
Under the ground in Pinellas County, there is a natural layer of clay. Our landfill was made by building a clay wall around that natural clay layer underground. The man made clay wall and the natural clay floor join to make a sort of “bathtub.” The clay “bathtub” keeps waste in our property and out of the land around it. Because there is limited landfill space, we try burying only waste that cannot be burned or recycled, such as:
- Big items – boats, mattresses, or couches
- Construction debris – walls from a house
- Large amounts of waste from companies that we cannot burn – a truckload of lipstick, paintballs, or ice cream!
Trash taken to the landfill is spread, crushed, and covered with ash from the waste-to-energy plant.
Though there are some things that are not burned, and sometimes we can’t burn our garbage if the waste-to-energy plant is down for repairs or maintenance, most of our waste (85%) is recycled or made into energy in the waste-to-energy plant!
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