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Pasco County doesn't pick up your recycling. Your trash hauler picks up your recycling and brings it to the county facility. Your trash collection and recycling days are set by the private hauler you selected. Please contact your trash hauler to determine your recycling day. Click here to see trash hauler contact information in Pasco.
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Pasco County conducted an opt-in recycling survey in 2017, and the majority of customers who responded supported weekly recycling. These changes were also discussed in a public workshop, a public hearing and before the Pasco Board of County Commissioners. Pasco County always welcomes input from our customers and provides several platforms for you to reach out to us.
Trash collection and recycling service costs are a local issue. Different jurisdictions (states, counties, cities, etc.) have different trash and recycling systems, and different revenue and funding sources. Pasco understands that other counties might do things differently, but we must work within the system and its constraints to ensure you receive the services you need. The material you recycle is a matter of what local markets will accept. In Pasco, glass goes to the Waste-to-Energy plant where it will likely be used in future, sustainable public works projects.
Glass contaminates the rest of your recycling. The glass dust and glass shards get into other materials making them less recyclable. This isn't a new problem; however, the standards for recycling material keep rising, and glass is making it more difficult to recycle other things. Also, there is no viable market for glass in Florida. And eliminating glass from Pasco's recycling program is more environmentally-friendly. Instead of ultimately being buried in a landfill due to contamination and low quality, glass now goes to Pasco's Waste-to-Energy plant where it will likely be used in future, sustainable public works projects, leaving less of a carbon footprint. Removing glass from Pasco's recycling stream will improve our recycling efforts.
The private company you pay to pick up your trash will provide a cart, and can let you know how much it will cost. Pasco County does not have access to individual account information. Please click here for trash hauler contact information in Pasco.
Private trash haulers in Pasco County have 90 days from the Board of County Commissioners' June 4, 2019, decision to start weekly recycling; however, some haulers are offering the service sooner than that. Please contact your hauler for more information. Click here to see trash hauler contact information in Pasco.
In Pasco you can provide your own container (bin, can or cart) or call your hauler to order a cart. The Residential Curbside Recycling Program is available to single-family residential units or multifamily units being serviced as a single-family. This means if you're paying for twice-a-week curbside garbage pickup, you already have recycling service.
Recycling is voluntary, but we encourage you to participate in order to help reduce our waste stream. Your garbage hauler is required to provide you with a schedule for your recyclable pickups: it may or may not be on the same day as your garbage pickup. Pasco recycles the following items:
Please throw away caps, lids, and spray bottle nozzles, and make sure your items are clean and dry. Put everything in the same recycling container and place your recycling at the curb the night before your recycling pick-up day.
Pasco County conducted a recycling survey in 2017, and most customers were in favor of weekly recycling. You don't have to recycle every week, but the option is there in the event you miss a week or have more recycling than you expected.
No, you do not have to recycle in Pasco County; however, recycling helps reduce the burden on the County’s Waste-to-Energy facility and prevents unnecessary items from being dumped in a landfill. Recycling also helps protect the environment, so we hope you'll take part!
All customers who use a curbside trash collection service in Pasco also pay for recycling. The only way to avoid paying that service charge is to cancel your trash and recycling service. Although we hope you enjoy the convenience of curbside pick-up, you can also bring your household trash and recyclables to one of two locations: 14606 Hays Road in Spring Hill (right on the border of Hudson), and 9626 Handcart Road in Dade City.
For a list of recycling drop-off locations, please click here.
Pasco County is not aware of any local glass recycling collection locations.
Tossing your glass in the trash sends it to our Waste-to-Energy plant where it can be used in future, sustainable public works projects, leaving less of a carbon footprint. Removing glass from Pasco's recycling program is more environmentally-friendly!
We understand it's frustrating when service costs increase. In Pasco County, the cost of trash pickup hasn't increased in 10 years. The reason for the increase in 2019 is twofold: to bring trash collection service charges closer to where they should be to keep pace with inflation and the rising costs of the trash hauling business; and to provide customers with weekly recycling collection. Pasco conducted a recycling survey in 2017, and the majority of customers opted for once-a-week recycling service. This change was necessary to increase participation in the recycling program, and to make it easier for recycling customers. Pasco County increased the allowable price cap haulers can charge for service from $12.44/month to $16.81/month.
*Please note, each private hauler sets the rate they charge Pasco customers. They may choose to set a rate lower than the price cap to foster competition and grow new business.
Weekly recycling is coming soon! As of June 4, 2019, trash haulers have 90 days to implement once-a-week recycling. Call your hauler for a new pick-up schedule. Click here for a list of private hauler phone numbers in Pasco.
Please contact your hauler at the number listed on your bill. If that does not resolve the issue, please contact Pasco County Recycling at (727) 856-4539.