Single-Stream Recycling Collection Begins This Week

Residents should begin using the new recycling carts; recyclable materials placed at curbside after Jan. 6 in the red and blue bins will no longer be collected.

By Staff January 3, 2020

Beginning Jan. 6, 2020, Sarasota County residents should use the new single-stream recycling carts.

Residents living in unincorporated areas of Sarasota County are reminded to begin using their new single-stream recycling carts beginning the week of Monday, Jan. 6. Recyclable materials placed at curbside after Jan. 6 in the red and blue bins will no longer be collected. 

The city has issued these reminders for single-stream recycling carts:

  • Trucks will use a robotic arm to lift and empty the recycling carts.
  • When placing the cart at the curb, keep it at least 3 feet away from other objects such as mailboxes, utility poles and cars.
  • With the transition to single-stream recycling, there will be no changes to the current schedule for curbside collection services for trash or yard waste.
  • Only place items accepted by Sarasota County's recycling program as indicated on the cart lid and in the packet delivered with the cart.
  • The carts are only for recyclable materials and should not be used for trash or yard waste.

Residents wishing to dispose of their red and blue bins will have opportunities between Jan. 6-31 at 11 local locations:

  • Betty J. Johnson North Sarasota Public Library, 2801 Newtown Blvd., Sarasota
  • Fruitville Public Library, 100 Apex Road, Sarasota
  • Gulf Gate Public Library, 7112 Curtiss Ave., Sarasota
  • Frances T. Bourne Jacaranda Public Library, 4143 Woodmere Park Blvd., Sarasota
  • Elsie Quirk Public Library, 100 W. Dearborn St., Englewood
  • Longwood Run Park, 6050 Longwood Run Blvd., Sarasota
  • Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Road, Sarasota
  • Englewood Sports Complex, 1300 S. River Road, Englewood
  • Chemical Collection Center, 8750 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota (during operational hours.)
  • Citizens' Convenience Center, 400 Knights Trail Road, Nokomis (during operational hours.)
  • Chemical Collection Center, 250 S. Jackson Road, Venice

Residents are asked to follow posted signs at the drop-off locations, which are located by area dumpsters. Old recycling bins should not be dropped off inside the libraries or park buildings. Residents may also keep the bins for storage or repurposing. For more information, click here. 

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