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Landfill open, but be prepared to wait (Updated)

Published on Mar 20, 2020

Bartow, Fla. (March 20, 2020) – Many Polk County residents have taken a productive approach to isolation and social distancing. Many are cleaning their homes and garages, resulting in an influx of people to the North Central Landfill.

Polk County Waste & Recycling is taking precautionary steps in response to the latest information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and other relevant federal, state and local agencies to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  

To avoid the crowd and maintain social distancing, residents of unincorporated Polk can utilize their county residential collection services for many of their disposal needs.

Customers who choose to visit the landfill can expect longer than normal wait times due to the number of people using our services.

Th Polk County Waste & Recycling office is currently closed to the public. Customer service agents are available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. by phone, call (863) 284-4319, or visit to submit a service request anytime.