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Yard Waste

Yard Waste Service Temporary Change

Due to COVID-19 and reduced staff levels Yard Waste and Bulk Collections have been changed to Bi-weekly service effective April 6th

Bi-weekly Yard Waste & Bulk Schedule:

  • Customers in the Monday/Tuesday service areas will be collected during the first and third weeks of the month April 6, April 20, May 4, May 18
  • Customers in the Thursday/Friday service areas will be collected during the second and fourth weeks of the month April 13, April 27, May 11, May 25

The new collection cycle will start on Mondays in the northwest area of the City on weeks one and three with crews working from north to south. The trucks will then start on Mondays in the northeast area of the City on weeks two and four with crews working from north to south.

Residential Trash, Recycling and Yard Trash Collection Day Service Map

Yard Waste Must Be Separated From All Regular Trash, Recycling and Junk

As required by Federal and State Law, yard waste must be separated from household garbage. Separation allows the yard waste to be utilized as a recyclable product.


Properly prepared yard waste for pickupPlace yard waste out on the evening before pickup after 6 PM, or the morning of pickup before 6 AM.

Small branches, limbs and yard clippings are to be no longer than five feet (5) or five inches (5) in diameter. Yard waste meeting these size restrictions should be bundled and tied, or containerized for collection. Bundles or containers can not exceed 40 pounds, in weight.

*Place leaves and grass in containers or bags (bag weight should not exceed 40 pounds).

Piles larger than 6 feet x 4 feet in size must be requested for service via Email Customer Service or by calling 863.834.8773 for collection.


Bulk Yard Trash Service

Claw truck driver picking up large brush pileFour Collections Per Year

Residential customers shall be provided four (4) collections, up to 20 cubic yards each, per calendar year.  The calendar year runs from: January 1st through December 31st. 

What is Bulk Yard Waste?

Bulk Yard Waste means plant material, such as, tree branches and shrubbery trimmings to large to be containerized.  Items must not be longer than eight feet (8) in length.

Arrange for Bulk Yard Waste Collection

Residents needing Bulk Yard Waste collection should Email Customer Service with (1) your address and (2) the type of material you have for collection, or call 863.834.8773 to arrange a pickup.  

Bulk yard waste requests are typically picked up on your regular service day once the request has been scheduled by the home owner. Customer requests are completed based on the order they are received.




We service customers inside the city limits of Lakeland.  If your garbage can is gray, and your recycle cart is black, you are a Polk County customer and therefore not serviced by the City of Lakeland.  Please call the Polk County Solid Waste Department at 863.284.4319.

Place large piles of yard waste away from power lines, trees, mail boxes, fences, sprinkler systems, flower beds, and parked cars. DO NOT place trash or large items in the street or alleyway.