Most residents on automated trash collection have yard waste service on the same day as their trash cart service. There are exceptions in some areas for our alley district collection areas.
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.
Place 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).
Four 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
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.