Educational Resources: Garbage and Recycling

The Department of Solid Waste follows the 4Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recover of managing waste. Use these resources to learn what happens when you throw things away, how to reduce waste, and how to help the environment.

Tours and Presentations

Learn about our vision of zero waste to landfill by 2050 and why it’s important that we create less waste.

Tours

Tour Team

The 90-minute tour includes a classroom and driving presentation of the Solid Waste Disposal Complex. Participants will see the Waste-to-Energy Facility, landfill, and more.

Tours are available for third through 12th grade school students, college and university students, technical and industry groups, businesses, and professional and homeowner’s organizations.

The tour is a field trip approved by Pinellas County Schools.

Email recycle@pinellascounty.org or call (727) 464-7500 to request a tour. Tours are for those at least 8 years old and in third grade or above.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: As of June 1, 2021, tours are capped at a maximum of 13 participants. Small groups will be placed together until a total of no more than 13 is reached. It is recommended that visitors wear a mask and adhere to 6-foot social distancing.

Presentations

Presentations on garbage and recycling are available to to schools, clubs, community and civic organizations, homeowner’s associations, and more. 

The length and content level of the presentation can be suited to your group’s needs.

Email recycle@pinellascounty.org or call (727) 464-7500 to request a presentation. Presentations are for those at least 8 years old and in third grade or above.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: As of June 1, 2021, we offer virtual presentations only.

Publications

The County’s Recycle Guide and the STEAM Guide are created in partnership with the Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education program. ​To view additional reports related to garbage and recycling, click here.

2022 Recycle Guide Cover

Recycle Guide

A playbook for Pinellas County residents on what to recycle and where to recycle. It includes activities that incorporate the Florida Standards for elementary, middle and high school students.

Pinellas Steam

Pinellas County Citizen Scientist STEAM Edition

A creative, interactive publication encourages students to use science, technology, engineering, arts and math to address the global waste problem (view text only version here).

Pinellas County Solid Waste Master Plan

Solid Waste Master Plan

The Department of Solid Waste developed a 30-year Solid Waste Master Plan with 28 strategies that fits the vision of Zero Waste to Landfill by 2050.

Videos

View our video library webpage or view them on YouTube.

Pinellas Partners in Recycling

Pinellas Partners in Recycling (PPR) is an advisory and networking group that is focused on improving recycling, maximizing waste reduction and diversion, and promoting sustainable materials management in Pinellas County and the surrounding Tampa Bay area.

Pinellas Partners in Recycling logo

Resources for Students and Teachers

Reduce Your Use Tampa Bay

  • Join the Reduce Your Use Tampa Bay campaign and its partners in supporting the worldwide movement to reduce waste from single-use plastics. You can be part of the Reduce Your Use Tampa Bay campaign by sharing how you are reducing pollution from disposable plastic products.

Tampa Bay Recycles

  • Local governments across Tampa Bay have teamed up to improve recycling efforts in the region. Visit Tampa Bay Recycles (English) and (Spanish) to make sure that you are recycling correctly and helping our region avoid the common challenge of contamination – attempting to recycle soiled items or materials our programs don’t accept.

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA)

  • An organization of more than 10,000 public and private sector professionals committed to advancing from solid waste management to resource management through their shared emphasis on education, advocacy and research.  SWANA offers free membership for full-time students, a MentorMatch program, and scholarships.

Green School Designation

  • The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Green School Designation Program’s environmental guidelines help Florida primary and secondary schools evaluate operations, set goals, and take specific actions to create a healthier environment, such as reducing water and energy use and reducing waste to lower operating costs.

Website Resources

Questions?

Send an e-mail to recycle@pinellascounty.org, click the Live Chat button below, or call (727) 464-7500.

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