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We recognize that a vibrant, sustainable community should have a robust recycling program. This belief is reflected in our city code that requires all residents and businesses within the City to recycle (see Chapter 16 section 16.20).

Businesses are required to recycle but must contract directly with a recycling service provider, depending on their specific needs. If you have a question about how to get your business set up with recycling, contact Jeff Vredenburg at 941-263-6296 or email .

Education of residents and businesses and helping them comply with this code is important to us. Keeping recyclable items from going into our landfill will help us accomplish the following goals:

  • Re-energize our local recycling efforts
  • Improve recycling rates
  • Reduce recycling contamination and
  • Connect waste streams with productive uses

Why is recycling important?

Every time we recycle an item, we prevent the need for original natural resources being used to create it from scratch. This saves energy cost, and keeps the item from taking up space in the landfill, saving money and keeping our environment beautiful.

What happens to my recycling after it's picked up?

After our local recycling is picked up it goes to a material recovery facility. This state-of-the-art facility operates 21 hours a day with a maze of conveyor belts and specialized equipment that sort recyclables into 'like' materials. Everything is then compressed into a one ton block and shipped to domestic and foreign mills for use in new material.

What happens if I recycle incorrectly?

There are many consequences to recycling incorrectly. Plastic bags can close down an entire recycling plant, making the process more costly for everyone. Liquid items can ruin an entire load, making valuable recyclables go to the landfill where they take up space and contribute to the production of harmful methane gas. Putting sharp metal objects in your recycling can harm workers in the recycling plant.

For our local recycling system to be efficient and affordable, we all need to chip-in by correctly separating our items that go into our solid waste, recycling and yard waste bins.

What if I have another question or request?

If you have a business question, take a look at our Business Recycling Brochure for answers to common questions and a list of haulers that provide services within the City of Sarasota.

Residential recycling is managed out of Public Works Department. If you want to set up service, get a new cart, or view your pick-up day, please visit the Public Works Solid Waste and Recycling webpage and choose “Request New or Additional Recycling Bins”.

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