The Recycling and education Department of Pasco County is committed to reducing the waste stream through recycling and reuse, encouraging environmental stewardship, and providing information and presentations to educate citizens about recycling and the benefits of waste reduction. Call us for more info!
Pasco County Weekly Residential Curbside Recycling
Glass is no longer accepted in once-per-week collections
In pursuit of a cleaner, greener future, Pasco County is now offering weekly residential curbside recycling. The new, once-per-week schedule will increase recycling tonnage and make participation even easier – just toss your recyclables into one bin! Trash haulers have a 90-day transition period to implement the schedule change.
Since there is no resale market for recycled glass in Florida, and broken glass contaminates the recycling stream – glass will no longer be accepted in our recycling program. Please toss your glass in the trash bin where it will be sent to Pasco’s Waste-To-Energy facility, leaving even less of a carbon footprint than it would in a landfill.
“This increase in service is a reflection of Pasco County’s commitment to future sustainability and to our citizens,” said Solid Waste Director John Power. “Though removing glass may seem counter-intuitive, it increases the overall reuse of collected materials, eases processing and maximizes our positive environmental impact.”
We understand it can be frustrating when service costs increase. Please know that the cost of trash pickup hasn't increased in 10 years. Part of the increase is to get the trash collection service charges closer to where they should be to keep pace with inflation and the rising costs of the trash hauling business. The other part of the increase is to provide residents with weekly recycling collection. Pasco County is increasing the allowable price cap haulers can charge for service from $12.44/month to $16.81/month.
How to participate:
- Contact your trash hauler to find out when your new pick-up schedule takes effect
- Order an optional recycling cart through your trash hauler
- Use your own container - recycling is accepted in containers with a recycling sticker
For more information on recycling schedules or to order a recycling cart, call your trash hauler. A list of local trash haulers can be found by clicking here
To find out more, please read our Recycling Frequently Asked Questions
You can recycle:
We accept aluminum cans in our program. Recycling just one aluminum can saves enough energy to power a standard laptop for two hours!
Please make sure cans are clean and dry!
We love cardboard! Please make sure your cardboard is clean and dry. Once cardboard becomes wet, the fibers begin to break down and it can no longer be recycled. Pasco can recycle your corrugated cardboard boxes (please flatten), cereal boxes (without the bag), tissue boxes, toilet paper tubes, paper towel tubes, pasta boxes, etc.
Please no soiled, dirty, or greasy cardboard.
We accept newspaper, office paper, junk mail, magazines, wrapping paper, and card stock. Please make sure your paper is clean and dry. Once paper becomes wet, the fibers begin to fall apart, and it can no longer be recycled.
You can recycle plastic bottles, jugs, and small containers #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7. Is the number too small to read? If the plastic container has a neck, it's probably recyclable in our program. Please remember to rinse your plastic containers thoroughly and throw away both caps and squirt bottle nozzles.
You can recycle metal food cans. Does the top have a pull tab? Can you use a can opener? You can recycle it!
Why Don't You Recycle Glass?
When glass breaks, it acts as a contaminant for other materials and makes them more difficult to recycle. Recycling standards have increased over the years, and glass makes it harder to recycle other material. Glass is expensive to process and there is no viable market for recycled glass in Florida. To reduce costs and increase the recyclability of the overall stream, glass is no longer accepted.
Why no _____________________?
We can only accept the items listed because the machines that separate recycling are only designed for certain items. Anything else can cause the machines to seize up, slow down, or even break.