Saturday, March 28, 2015

Talkin' Trash

Questions were raised at the PIE Annual Membership meeting about the disposal of over-sized items or other non-standard waste.  Our thanks go to Board member Linda Cotherman for providing the following information:

Curbside Single-Stream
Recycling Program

• PAPERBOARD (cereal boxes, pasta boxes)
• 3'x3' CARDBOARD under the bin
• PLASTIC CONTAINERS codes 1 through 7 only (no caps)
• STEEL and ALUMINUM CANS (no lids)

All recycling materials can now be "commingled" or mixed together in your recycling bins. Sorting is no longer necessary and all recyclable items can be placed in one recycle bin. The single stream process allows additional plastics to be recycled-now plastics with numbers 1 through 7 on the bottom can be recycled and commingled in your recycnng bins. Single stream recycling is a
convenient and easy way to recycle curbside.

On Collection Day

Garbage, recyclables, and yard trimmings are collected once a week on the same day. Recycle bins and yard trimmings must be at least 5 feet away from the garbage cart, and the cart placed with the wheels facing the house. Please keep toys, bikes, and other "keepers" away from the curb on collection days, so they will not be "trashed" by mistake. All items must be at the curb by 5:00 a.m. on collection day for service.

Curbside Yard Trimmings

Place your yard trimmings loose in an extra garbage can, paper lawn and leaf bag, or bundled. The cans or bundles cannot weigh more than 40 pounds each. Limbs cannot be more than six (6) feet in length and ten (10) inches in diameter. Yard trimmings in plastic bags will NOT be picked up at the curb.

Bulky Item Pickup

Waste Management provides two no-charge curbside collections up to a total of twenty (20) cubic yards of unbundled yard trimmings, refuse, or bulky items (no construction and demolition debris from renovation or home improvement) from residential units per year, excluding disaster related clean-ups. Residents should notify Waste Management at 629.1106 or toll free 1.877.567.2974 to request this service.

Appliances (White Goods)

Appliances (refrigerators, ranges, washers, dryers, water heaters, and dishwashers); and electronic equipment (televisions, computers, monitors, and microwaves) will be picked up 4 times per year at no charge, and no call to Waste Management is necessary. (Please remove doors from refrigerators & dishwashers.)


Furniture (chairs, sofas, and/or rugs) is collected once a week on the same day as your garbage, recycle and yard waste. Items must be placed to the curb by 5:00 a.m. and at least 5 feet away from the garbage cart, no call to Waste Management is necessary.

Curbside Motor Oil/Filters and Non-Leaking Lead Acid
Battery Collection

Curbside motor oil filters and non-leaking lead acid battery collection is available on your service day. As of July 6, 2009 orange colored stickers are no longer necessary for your used motor oil or oil filters to be picked up by Waste Management Use a transparent gallon container (milk jug type) with a screw type lid for your oil and a clear plastic bag for your filters and place items 5 feet away from your garbage cart. Place non-leaking vehicle lead-acid battery at the curb 5 feet away from your cart as well.


Charlotte County residents can recycle six (6) passenger tires per year curbside. Residents in unincorporated areas can place tires with rims at the curb on their recycling day.


We offer curbside pickup and recycling of your old unwanted electronics. Your e-waste will be picked up on your regularly scheduled service day by the e-waste truck. Complete the E-Waste Curbside Pickup Request Form at least two days prior to your scheduled pickup day and your request will be electronically sent to Waste Management. If you prefer, you can also call Waste Management at 94l.629.1106 or 941.697.0012 (Englewood Area). Jt's that simple!

Always remember to place all your items out by 5:00 a.m. and to keep five feet between your garbage cart, recyclables and e-waste. Works/SolidWaste/Recycling/


Solid Waste

Report Illegal Dumping
CALL 1.866.Y.DUMP.CC (1.866.938.6722)

Charlotte County takes Illegal Dumping seriously. Call 1.866.Y.DUMP.CC to report illegal dumping in Charlotte County.

What is Illegal Dumping:

Illegal dumping is disposal of waste in an unpermitted area. It is also referred to as Hopen dumping," "fly dumping," and "midnight dumping" because materials are often dumped in open areas, from vehicles along roadsides, and late at night. Illegally dumped wastes are primarily materials that are dumped to avoid either disposal fees or the time and effort required for proper disposal. These materials typically include:

          •  Construction and demolition waste such as drywall, roofing shingles, lumber, bricks,
             concrete, and siding
          • Abandoned automobiles, auto parts, and scrap t.ires
          • Appliances or "white goods"
          • Furniture
          • Yard waste
          • Household trash
          • Medical waste

Report the illegal dumpsite: online or call1.866.Y.DUMP.CC (1.866.938 .6722) to report the site or to learn more about the illegal dumping program in Charlotte County.

When calling do the following:

1. Identify the exact location of the illegal dumpsite including closest major cross street.
2. Describe what is at the dumpsite.
3. Try to identify the person or company that did the illegal dumping. 

**DO NOT dig through the site or confront people dumping**

What can be done about illegal dumping in Charlotte County?

Report It! Call: 1.866.Y.DUMP.CC

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