10 Environmental Loop S
Winter Haven, FL 33880
P.O. Box 9005
Bartow, FL 33831-9005
Office Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hauling and disposing of Polk County’s waste isn’t a simple task; it’s a science. Last year, nearly 600,000 tons of trash was collected from around the county. Of that, unincorporated Polk's 139,775 household customers generated 161,000 tons of garbage.
The county’s ordinance governing waste collections passed in 1989. Since that time, residents in the unincorporated portions of Polk have relied on the county for its trash disposal needs.
Fees for once-a-week trash collection are billed through annual assessments and Polk currently contracts with Republic Services Inc., an Arizona-based company, for garbage collection.
But picking up the garbage from your home is not this division’s only responsibility. Waste and Recycling also performs a number of other key functions, which include:
- Landfill management
- Recycling of paint, white goods and yard waste
- Curbside recycling service and drop-off facility
- Household hazardous waste processing