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County-by-county: How you can dispose of debris after Elsa

If you have debris from the storm, here's how counties and cities deal with yard debris collection.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — With Elsa impacting parts of the Tampa Bay area, you may find debris scattered about your yard.

When it's safe to start the clean-up, it's important to know how you can dispose of that waste. 

Here's a list of county and city resources across the Tampa Bay area: 

DeSoto County

Yard trash is picked up by Womack Sanitation once a month on a Wednesday. According to the county's website, if your garbage days are Monday or Thursday, yard debris pickup is on the 3rd Wednesday of the Month. If garbage days are Tuesday or Friday, yard debris is picked up on the 1st Wednesday of the month. 

Debris must be bundled in 4-foot lengths weighing no more than 40 pounds. The county says there is a limit of two bundles or cans per month. 

For more information, contact Womack Sanitation at 863-494-1580 or through its website here.

Yard debris can also be taken to the landfill in any quantity, the county says. For current disposal fees, click here.

Citrus County

According to the county's site, up to eight 30-gallon bags or cans are included in the transaction fee, more than that the bags or cans will be charged per ton rate. 

For transaction fee information and non-bagged waste fees, click here.

Hardee County

For information on waste collection, visit the county's website here.

Hernando County

The county does not pick up yard debris. Instead, Republic Services officers a curbside collection once per week. 

You can call Republic Services at 352-540-6457. For more information, click here.

Highlands County

The county's Waste Connections picks up yard waste every other week based on your trash pick-up day and will be collected the same day as trash, according to its website. 

Roots or stumps cannot exceed 6 inches in diameter and be larger than 2 cubic yards. Yard debris should be placed in a separate container and be either bagged or tied in bundles. Debris can weigh a maximum of 50 pounds per bundle, bag or container, the county says. 

To find your debris pick-up day, click here.

Hillsborough County

The county has a weekly curbside pick-up for debris. According to the county's website, here are the guidelines for curbside pickup: 

  • Weekly set-out limit is 2 cubic yards or less
    • Two cubic yards is approximately twelve 30-gallon containers or bags
  • Use your own cans, boxes, bags or other containers to store your yard waste
  • Each container cannot exceed 50 pounds
  • Limbs and branches must be less than 4-feet long and 6 inches in diameter
  • Yard waste must be bundled, neatly stacked, or placed in a yard waste container
  • Yard waste must be placed within 6 feet of the curb

For a complete list of accepted items and to find out your pickup day, click here.


Debris is collected once a week on the same day as recycling collection. 

  • Please adhere to the following guidelines: Grass clippings, leaves, and branches must be bagged, or bundled and tied in 4-feet lengths and placed at curbside for pickup. 
  • Yard waste must be containerized, bagged or bundles and cannot exceed a combined weight of 50 lbs per bag, bundle, or container. In the interest of safety, containerized and bundled yard waste may not protrude from the top of the container.
  • Bags/bundles must be positioned curbside at a distance of 3 feet from blue trash carts.

For more information and to find your collection day, click here

Manatee County

All yard debris is picked up Wednesdays, the county's website says. 

For more information on how to prepare your yard debris for pick up, click here.

Pasco County

The county does not pick up yard debris. You can dispose of yard debris at the county landfill. 

For locations, hours and fees, click here.

Pinellas County

For locations and hours of solid waste disposal sites, click here.

St. Petersburg

You can arrange for a special pickup of yard debris by calling 727-893-7398 or scheduling online here. You can also drop off yard debris at a brush site. 

Find those locations here.

Polk County

Routine yard waste is collected once a week. Smaller yard debris should be bagged or in a container and cannot weigh more than 50 pounds each. 

If outside a container, debris shouldn't be any longer than six feet and/or no more than six inches in diameter. For more information on debris collection, click here.


The city collects debris. It should be separate from regular trash. Small branches, limbs, and yard clippings are to be no longer than 5 feet or 5 inches in diameter, the city says. Yard waste that size should be bundled and tied, or containerized for collection. 

Bundles or containers can not weigh more than 40 pounds. For more information, click here.

Sarasota County

Yard debris is collected the same day as trash and recycling. It should be placed separately from garbage and recyclables at the curb. 

Debris should be bagged, in containers or bundled and tied; should be 4 feet or less in length; and weigh 40 pounds or less. For more information, click here.


The city will pick up yard debris on your regularly scheduled trash pickup day. Yard trimmings are limited to four-foot lengths and no more than 50 pounds. 

You should place the debris at least five feet away from the garbage cart on the opposite side of the driveway. For more information, click here.

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