Polk County adopted an ordinance which provides universal garbage collection. One company, Florida Refuse, is currently contracted to provide once a week collection service of household waste, yard waste and recylcing. Property owners are assessed an annual collection and disposal fee through their property tax bills for this service.
Residents are assisted in proper disposal of household hazardous waste through the Mobile Used Oil and Paint Collection Program. Household hazardous waste is accepted at the North Central Landfill. Hazardous Waste Specialists are available to assist businesses and residents with questions.
Beginning in July 1999, curbside recycling services became available to unincorporated areas of Polk County. Additionally, the North Central Landfill provides a recycling center for aluminum, glass, newspaper, plastic bottles, steel cans, and household hazardous waste. Polk County Waste Resource Management Operates the following types of disposal to better service its customers: