Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What company collects my garbage?
A: A local sanitation company called County Sanitation, Inc. provides collection service. Their telephone number is (727) 522-5794.
Q: Who is covered?
A: All single family residences, duplexes, triplexes, and quadplexes for which a certificate of occupancy has been issued. Click on the map to see if your residence is within the district.
Q: Who is not covered?
A: Commercial properties, industrial complexes, and other non-residential properties are not part of the district and will not receive services or be assessed. Multi-family residences that have more than four dwelling units also are not included in the MSBU. Some commercial mobile home parks may qualify for and receive an exemption from the MSBU. They may still maintain service at those specific properties if the mobile home parks are serviced using commercial containers.
Q: Do you take recycling?
A: At this time the service does not include curbside recycling. Interested residents can drop off recycling at any county site or can contact a garbage collection company, or hauler, to subscribe separately to curbside recycling.
Q: What won’t be picked up?
A: Just as in other cities, there are items that won’t be accepted for curbside collection. These items that do not fit the definitions of garbage, trash, or bulky waste are not included in the costs for trash collection. You will have to pay for their disposal. Those items include:
- Extraordinary Waste such as abandoned automobiles, boats, individual tree branches or stumps greater than four (4) feet in length and greater than 4 inches in diameter, and C&D Debris in excess of two (2) cubic yards.
- Household Electronic and Chemical Waste such as TVs, computers, cell phones, power supplies, laptops, fluorescent bulbs and tubes, rechargeable batteries, paints, cleaning supplies, fertilizers, pesticides and other chemicals. For complete disposal guidelines and information visit they may be disposed of for free at www.pinellascounty.org/solidwaste/swapshop).
- Biological Waste such as dead animals or human medical waste
- Explosives such as guns or ammunition
To find out how to get rid of all these items visit our A to Z Guide for recycling and disposal.
Franchised Collection for Unincorporated Residents:
Unincorporated residents interested in Pinellas County managing their garbage can also create their own Municipal Services Benefit Unit (MSBU). Learn about the process here MSBU Process.