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Household Waste

Automated Household Waste Collection

A special vehicle, equipped with a lifting mechanism, reaches out to the roll cart, lifts and empties the container returning the cart to its original position.

Residents receive a garbage roll cart for all household trash, but that roll cart may be exchanged for a different size 35- or 65- or 95-gallon cart. To request a roll cart change, call (863) 284-4319.

If a resident is physically or medically unable to place his/her roll cart(s) curbside for pick-up, Polk County Waste & Recycling does offer a Backdoor Service. The service is available to those who complete the Back Door Service Applicationand meet all the requirements. For more information, please call customer care at (863) 284-4319.

Guidelines for household waste collection:

Note: To minimize litter in front of your home, make sure your garbage roll cart lid is closed

How do I get an additional roll cart for garbage?

  • Complete the lease application or visit Waste & Recycling Administrative Office. Each household may have one additional cart.
  • Hand-deliver your notarized application and payment to the Waste & Recycling Administrative Office or mail your notarized application and check (payable to Polk BoCC) to the administrative office:
    • Waste & Recycling Administrative Office
      Attn: Additional Garbage Cart
      10 Environmental Loop S.
      Winter Haven, FL 33889
  • Cost: $67 One-time lease fee (non-refundable)
  • Plus $52.50 Annual Disposal Fee*
  • Acceptable form of payment: Cash, check, and credit cards
  • Make checks payable to: Polk BoCC

* Disposal fees for the first year will be prorated based on the month the cart is leased. You can view the prorated fee schedule here. All fees must be paid prior to an additional cart being delivered as noted in the lease application.