Solid Waste

Robert A. Diefendorf, E.I., Project Manager

Email: rdiefendorf@highlandsfl.gov
12700 Arbuckle Creek Road, Sebring, Fl 33870
Phone: (863) 402-7786


The Solid Waste Department oversees waste collection, disposal and recycling in Highlands County.  The County contracts with a private company, Waste Connections, for curbside residential and commercial services.  The Solid Waste Department oversees that contract.  Additionally, the Department operates the Highlands County Solid Waste Management Center located on Arbuckle Creek Road.  This facility accepts trash, yard debris and construction & demolition debris.  The Department also operates the Recycling Center on Skipper Road in Sebring.  This facility accepts hazardous waste (such as used oil, gas, chemicals, pesticides, paint and antifreeze) and E-waste (Electronic Waste) from homeowner's. 

The Department is also responsible for the long term care and environmental monitoring of the Highlands County Solid Waste Management Center, as well as the DeSoto City Landfill which is a closed landfill. 

The Department operates as an "Enterprise Fund" and is funded by the revenues generated from the non-ad valorum assessment that is assessed on all residential properties in the unincorporated areas, disposal tipping fees, the sale of scrap metals and other recyclables.