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Solid Waste

Residential Collection

Residential Garbage Collection

Garbage household waste is collected once a week. Each residence is responsible for purchasing a City approved container. If one container is not enough to hold the garbage accumulated between collections, residents may purchase an additional container. The containers may be purchased from the Account Services Office by calling 863-291-5678 or visiting the office at 551 Third Street, NW, or by calling the Solid Waste department at 863-291-5756.

Garbage Collection Guidelines
  • Place container(s) curbside or roadside by 7 a.m. on the scheduled collection day with your container handle facing your house.
  • Garbage household waste must be bagged, securely tied, and placed in the container with the lid closed.
  • DO NOT place the container(s) on sidewalks, streets, or on the neighboring property.
  • Do not place additional garbage around the container or in an unauthorized container. Garbage not in a City approved container will not be collected.
  • Ensure the container has at least three feet of clearance from mail boxes, parked cars, utility poles, etc.
  • Remove container(s) from public view at the end of the collection day.
  • To report a service problem, please call the Solid Waste department at 863-291-5756 or email  manthony@mywinterhaven.com
Garbage & Recycling Holiday Schedule

The City of Winter Haven provides service as usual on all the holidays except: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day (July 4th), and Labor Day. Holiday schedules will be announced through our Facebook page as well as on your monthly utility bill.

Electronic and Household Hazardous Waste

City residents may dispose of unwanted electronic equipment and household hazardous waste (HHW) at the Polk County Household Hazardous Waste Day event for free, on the first Saturday of December. Electronics that will be accepted include: computers, monitors, laptops, VCR’s, televisions, cameras, microwaves, etc. HHW items that will be accepted are: paint cans, paint thinner, aerosols, fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides, car/boat batteries, motor oil, etc.

Important: City vs County?

We service customers inside the Winter Haven City Limits.  If your garbage can is Gray, and your recycle can is Black, you are a Polk County customer and therefore not serviced by the City of Winter Haven.  Please call Polk County Solid Waste and Recycling at 863.284.4319.