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NEW! Starting Jan. 11, 2016, the city of Clearwater will go from twice-a-week garbage collection to once-a-week garbage collection. The Clearwater Solid Waste & Recycling Department also will introduce a recycling incentive program called Recycling Perks, which will roll out to residents in January 2016. Click here for a list of frequently asked questions about once-a-week garbage collection.

Residential Garbage Collection

"Black Barrel" Garbage Container

  • Place garbage other than yard waste in container; close lid; be sure nothing hangs down sides of barrel.
  • Yard waste is recycled. Bag or box uncontaminated leaves and grass clippings; cut tree limbs and brush into four foot lengths and bundle. Place at curb, not in your black barrel or blue barrel.
  • Place container at curb no earlier than 7:00 p.m. on the night prior to collection day, and no later than 7:00 a.m. that morning.
  • Remove container from curb no later than 7:00 a.m. on the day following collection.
  • Place container within two feet of the curb with handle facing away from curb.
  • Do not place container within three feet of your recycling bin or other obstructions, i.e., mailboxes, parked cars, trees and guidewires.
  • It is your responsibility to keep your container clean. Wash it periodically with a hose and mild soap.
  • Drain and wrap wet garbage prior to placing in your container. Bag lightweight material (Styrofoam "peanuts," shredded paper, etc.
  • Do not place the following items in your container: hot ashes, yard waste, concrete, electronics, dirt, sod, sand, plaster, carpeting, lumber, plasterboard, tile, bricks, roofing shingles or any other construction, remodeling or demolition debris.
  • It is illegal to dispose of the following materials in your container: tires, auto batteries, pool chemicals, toxic or flammable items or liquid paint. Paint cans will get crushed and leak onto your streets. Leave lids off latex paint cans to allow the paint to dry out, or saturate with newspaper, then place in container.
  • Oil-based paint, other chemicals, and electronics must be disposed of at the County's Household Electronics & Chemical Collection Center, or at scheduled mobile chemical collection events. Call (727) 464-7500 for information.

* The solid waste truck is on a scheduled route, and cannot return if container is not put out as described above.

Residential Container Maintenance

If your container is damaged:

  • Contact the Solid Waste Department at (727) 562-4920 and report the type of damage or repair required and give the service address of your residence.
  • Containers needing repair or replacement must be emptied, washed out and placed at the curb.
  • The City is not responsible for repair or replacement of containers at no charge when damage is caused by abuse or negligence.

If your container is stolen or vandalized:

  • Call the City of Clearwater Police Department at (727) 562-4200 as soon as possible. Request a police report number for reference.
  • Call the Solid Waste at (727) 562-4920 and give the supervisor your police report number and service address.