Curbside Garbage Collection

Residential Curbside Garbage Collection 

Residential garbage is collected curbside from more than 37,658 residential units in the unincorporated areas of Highlands County through a franchise agreement with Waste Connections of Florida.  The residential collection program is supported by a non-ad valorem assessment on all residential properties in the unincorporated area.  The annual non-ad valorem assessment of $173.00 is collected on your annual property tax bill. 

The contract with Waste Connections includes curbside collection of residential garbage, recyclable materials and yard waste.  In addition, up to six (6) tires, bulk items and white goods are collected curbside.

Garbage, recyclable materials and either yard waste or bulk items are collected on the same day, depending on your pick up schedule.  Yard waste and bulk waste will alternate every other week on your trash pick up day.


Yard waste means decomposable waste materials generated by yard and lawn care and includes leaves, grass trimmings, brush, wood chips, and shrub and tree trimmings. Yard waste shall not include roots or stumps that exceed six inches in diameter. There is a 2 cubic yard maximum.
Yard waste needs to be placed in a separate container, bagged, or tied in bundles; Maximum 50 lbs per bundle, bag or container please.

Bulk waste is considered to be household items, such as couches, chairs, coffee tables, bed frames, rolled-up carpet, old toilets and more, that are too large to fit in the provided cart. Extra garbage bags are not considered bulk waste. There is a 2 cubic yard maximum.
Couches and other large items do not need to be called into Waste Connections for pickup.
Construction and demolition debris will not be picked up with bulk waste.

White goods are household appliances like refrigerators, freezers, stoves and ovens. These items should not be placed out with other bulk items. 
For pickup of white goods/appliances AND tires, call 863-655-0005 (Waste Connections).

Map showing garbage collection days