Solid Waste Ordinance Revisions Updates

To support the County’s 2020 30-year Solid Waste Master Plan and its vision of zero waste to landfill by 2050, a countywide focus on waste reduction and recycling is needed.

Pinellas County’s Chapter 106 Solid Waste Ordinance (ordinance) has not been significantly revised since the 1980s. The Master Plan recommends updating this ordinance.

August 10, 2023 Board of County Commissioners Work Session

At the August 10, 2023 Board of County Commissioners (Board) Work Session, the Board provided unanimous direction for the Department of Solid Waste to develop ordinance content, re-engage stakeholders and make any necessary revisions, submit for legal review, and schedule public hearings for Board consideration and approval in the summer of 2024. In an effort to better gauge citizen impact, the Board directed department staff to investigating haulers’ fees to provide combined garbage and recycling collection service in unincorporated areas. To view the Work Session presentation, view the recording and the video below.

July 2023 Public Input Meetings

The Department of Solid Waste (DSW) gave an overview of the current solid waste management system and explained why countywide waste reduction and recycling programs are needed. The public was able to provide input to be considered in drafting potential ordinance revisions that may affect residents and businesses in the unincorporated areas. This was one of several public engagement opportunities within the next 12 months.

Earlier this year, DSW held meetings with private haulers, municipalities and select county departments for their input on potential ordinance revisions.

Public input meetings were held in July at the following locations:

  • Tuesday, July 11 – St. Petersburg College EpiCenter, Clearwater
  • Monday, July 17 – Virtual (view recording here and video below)
  • Wednesday, July 19 – White Chapel, Palm Harbor

July 17, 2023 Virtual Public Input Meeting Recording

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