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Pasco County conducted a recycling survey in 2017, and the majority of residents said they supported once-a-week recycling. Additionally, we discussed this before the Board of County Commissioners, and participated in a public workshop, and a public hearing. We always welcome input from Pasco residents and provide multiple ways to allow the public to do so.
Trash collection and recycling service cost are very local. Different states, counties, cities, and jurisdictions have different trash and recycling systems, and different revenue and funding sources. We understand that other counties, states, etc., may do things differently, but Pasco must work within the system and constraints it has to ensure residents get the services they need. And, recycling is very local issue. It's all a matter of what the local markets will accept. Fortunately for Pasco County, the glass will go to the Waste to Energy plant, and 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 and make them less recyclable. This isn't a new problem, but the standards for recycling material keep going up, and glass is making it more difficult to recycle other things. It's also true that there's no viable market for glass within Florida. The plus side is that glass will go to the Waste to Energy plant, and will likely be used in sustainable public works projects in the future. Eliminating glass from the recycling program is more ecofriendly than the current process. Instead of ultimately being buried in a landfill due to contamination and low quality, glass will now go through the Waste to Energy facility where it will leave less of a carbon footprint. We understand it seems counter intuitive that removing glass will help your Pasco’s recycling efforts, but it does.
The company you pay to pick up your trash will provide the cart, and will also let you know the costs. Pasco County does not have access to individual account information. Please click here to see the phone numbers of trash haulers in Pasco.
All the trash haulers have 90 days from the June 4th decision to start once-per-week recycling. However, some haulers may start sooner than 90 days. Please contact your hauler for more information. Click here to see the phone numbers of haulers in Pasco.
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. Since the County doesn’t have access to your account information, you’ll have to reach out to your trash hauler to determine your recycling day. Click here to see a list of phone numbers for all haulers in Pasco.
In Pasco you can purchase your container, or call your hauler to order a cart. You can use a bin, a can or a cart. The Residential Curbside Recycling Program is available to singe-family residential units or multifamily units being serviced as a single-family. This means that if you are 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. We recycle the following items:
Please throw away caps, lids, and spray bottle nozzles. Please 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.
We completed a survey in 2017, and most respondents were positive toward once-a-week recycling. You don't have to recycle once-a-week, but the option is there for you in the event you miss a week or you have more recycling than you expected.
No it is not. Recycling in Pasco has always been voluntary. However, recycling helps to reduce unnecessary items from being burned or landfilled. And, it helps to protect the environment. We hope you will join in as well.
The charge for recycling goes to all citizens who use a trash collection service. The only way to avoid paying a higher service charge it to cancel your trash and recycling service. If you chose to do that, and we hope you do not, you may bring your household trash and recyclables to one of two locations: 14606 Hays Road in Spring Hill (right on the border of Hudson), and at 9626 Handcart Road in Dade City.
For a list of drop offs that accept recycling only, please click here.
Currently, we don't know of any local places that accept glass for recycling.
Throwing away your glass will send it to our Waste-to-Energy plant, and will likely be used in sustainable public works projects in the future. Eliminating glass from the recycling program is more ecofriendly than the current process.
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 conducted a survey in March 2017, and the majority of people wanted once-a-week recycling service. We took that necessary step to increase participation in the program, and make it easier for current recyclers. Pasco County is increasing the allowable price cap haulers can charge for service from $12.44/month to $16.81/month.
Once a week recycling is coming soon! This issue was decided on June 4th, 2019. Trash haulers have a transition period to implement once-a-week recycling. To find out when your hauler is changing to the new schedule, call your trash hauler. Hauler phone numbers can be found by clicking here.