Garbage and Recycling


Manatee County encourages residents to concentrate on five (5) basic recycling materials – plastic, metal, glass, paper, and cardboard. The overall goal is to raise awareness about good recycling habits.

  • Do not place recyclables items in plastic bags.
  • Place recyclables loosely inside your recycling cart.
  • Why: Plastic bags jam up the sorting machinery at the recycling facility. Bagged recyclables will be discarded as trash at the recycling facility since workers cannot see the recyclables inside.

Recycle plastic bags at your local participating retail/grocery stores. If you cannot return plastic bags to store locations, it is okay to discard them in your garbage. Please remember to only recycle clean, dry, and un-bagged materials in your recycling cart. Remember when in doubt throw it out! For more information, please visit




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Storm Preparation and Debris Management

Residential How-To Guide

Find information about garbage collection, special items collection (furniture, appliances, tires), yard waste, recycling, and more. This guide includes details on how to prepare your items for collection, what can't be disposed of through regular garbage or recycling collection and hints and reminders for hurricane season.

Residential Guide for Garbage, Yard Waste & Recycling CoverDownload a PDF of our Residential Guide to Garbage, Yard Waste & Recycling.

Holiday collections

When a holiday falls on a scheduled pickup day, trash will be collected one day later than your scheduled pickup day for the rest of that week. Regular collection days resume the following Monday.


  • PRESIDENTS' DAY - Monday, February 20
  • MEMORIAL DAY - Monday, May 29  
  • 4TH OF JULY - Tuesday, July 4
  • LABOR DAY  - Monday, September 4
  • THANKSGIVING DAY - Thursday, November 23
  • CHRISTMAS DAY - Monday, December 25

Community Cleanup Information and Schedule

Community Cleanups are for residential customers only.

Community cleanups do not cover the entire area of a community. You will receive a postcard about the community cleanup if you live in that area. Enter your address here to see if you are in an area with an upcoming Community Cleanup.

Items accepted a the curb:

  • Household trash
  • Yard waste
  • Appliances
  • Tires (limit 10)
  • Large items
  • Electronics

No Household Hazardous Waste will be collected. This includes oil, gas, paint, household chemicals, etc. You can dispose of these materials at the Lena Road Landfill, 3333 Lena Road, Bradenton (3rd traffic light east of I-75 off State Road 64) from Monday through Friday from 8am - 5pm and every third Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.