Solid Waste Division

Overview

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The Solid Waste Division is dedicated to delivering sustainable services to meet the community’s ever-changing solid waste management needs. With weekly curbside collections for over 100,000 residential units, we take pride in serving our community and providing the high-quality and timely service that every resident deserves.

About the Solid Waste Division

  • As part of our solid waste service, our department manages and operates two solid waste transfer stations, Tillman Ridge and Stratton Rd. Both facilities are open for residents and businesses throughout the county.
  • Enforces Solid Waste Disposal Ordinances and manages contracts that cover all aspects of garbage, recycling, yard debris, hazardous waste, construction & commercial franchises and interlocal agreements.
  • Manages and operates the Tillman Ridge Landfill in conformance with the Environmental Protection Agency and Florida Department of Environmental Protection permits, regulations.
  • Oversees the curbside pick-up of solid waste generated by residential households by franchised haulers to ensure a high quality of service is provided to county residents.
  • Provides education relating to recycling, litter control and prevention through various clean up, hazardous materials, and state grant programs.
  • Manages the hazardous materials program, which helps improve mosquito control, beautification of County lands, and increased protection of the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of St. Johns County.
  • Oversees proper disposal of residential and commercial waste, household hazardous waste, white goods and tires, operations and maintenance of the Leachate Collection System, monitoring of groundwater quality and gas migration, and maintenance and monitoring of the closed landfill.

Community Outreach & Volunteering

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Outreach Program – Learn more about how we promote recycling, sustainability, and environmental stewardship through our educational programming.

Join Our Volunteer Team – Get involved and help make a difference in St. Johns County!

Recycle Coach

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Download the App Today!

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We have teamed up with Recycle Coach to help educate residents! By downloading the Recycle Coach app, or by using the Recycle Coach Tool below, you will be able to obtain your curbside collection schedule, sign up for alerts, and quickly learn how to properly dispose of different waste materials.

The Curbside Times Monthly Newsletter!

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Sign up for The Curbside Times Monthly Newsletter – solid waste news, resources, events, and more!

News & Announcements

Tillman Ridge Transfer Station Temporary Closure

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The Tillman Ridge Transfer Station will be temporarily closed from June 1 – June 30.

GET HOOKED: County-Wide Anti-Litter Initiative

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GET HOOKED on St. Johns County! We need all hands on deck to keep SJC Litter-Free.

We’ve upgraded to Recycle Coach Pro!

The upgraded version includes more educational content, such as Recycling Fundamentals, Misunderstood Materials, and the all-new Recycle Right Game!

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Download the app or visit or click the button below to get your curbside collection schedule, sign up for alerts, and quickly learn how to properly dispose of different waste materials.

You can also find an extensive list of local depots, giving you convenient donation and recycling options for items not accepted in your curbside recycling.

Download the Recycle Coach app >>  Apple App Store  |  Google Play

Upcoming Events

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New Contract Announced

SJC Selects FCC Environmental Services Florida as Solid Waste Provider Beginning August 1, 2024.

On December 19, 2023, during the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) Regular Meeting, FCC Environmental Services Florida, LLC was identified as the top-ranked firm, and a contract for residential solid waste collection including household garbage, recycling, and yard waste collection services was approved.

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The new contract begins August 1, 2024. There will be no increase in customer fees for the first year of service. All current service levels will remain in place which include weekly curbside collection of household garbage, yard waste, recycling, and bulk waste as well as scheduled services like appliance pick-up requested by customers. 

Tipping Fee Increase

The Tipping Fees at Tillman Ridge and Stratton Rd. Transfer Stations have increased to $64.12/ton. The price is prorated at $0.04/lb and can be paid by cash or check only.

American Flag Rescue Program – 10,000th Flag

The American Flag Rescue Program has over 30 drop boxes throughout the County and allows residents to retire old and worn flags with honor and respect. In February 2024, the 10,000th flag was collected at the SJC Tax Collector’s office. Watch the video HERE.

Holiday Schedule

The Solid Waste Division office will be closed on Thursday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.

  • The Tillman Ridge and Stratton Road Transfer Stations will continue their normal operating hours, Monday through Friday from 7 am to 6 pm and Saturday from 7 am to 1 pm.
  • Curbside collection for household garbage, recycling, and yard waste will not be affected.
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Recycle Coach Tool

FAQs

I’m remodeling my home and need a large trash container. How do I get one?

The Construction and Demolition Haulers List service homeowners and businesses that are remodeling and need a roll-off container for construction and demolition projects.

How do I get a dumpster or set up recycling services for my business?

The Commercial Haulers List service commercial properties and businesses that need a dumpster as their primary means of waste disposal or to set up recycling services.

I have already paid for my trash collection service this year, why is it showing up on my tax bill?

The Solid Waste Non-Ad Valorem Assessments are paid for in advance of receiving the service. The assessment you see on your tax bill is for next years' service. The service period is from January 1st through December 31st.

When is the next upcoming shredding event in St. Johns County?

Shredding events are held regularly and provide residents with an excellent opportunity to recycle and shred all of their confidential documents for free. For upcoming events, sign up for our newsletter or contact us.

When are Community Collection Day events scheduled in St. Johns County? Is there a charge?

Community Collection Day Events are held on select Saturdays at different locations throughout the county. Residents can safely dispose of household hazardous waste, electronics, chemicals, tires (10 per household), and rechargeable batteries free of charge. For upcoming events, sign up for our newsletter or contact us.

Where can I dispose of residential household hazardous waste?

Drop-Off Locations and full list of acceptable household hazardous waste items is found on the Garbage Collection page's Drop-Off tab.

Where can I dispose of construction and demolition debris?

Construction debris can be disposed of at either of the two Residential and Commercial Construction & Demolition Disposal Facilities found here.

As a resident of St. Johns County, can I bring my household waste to Tillman Ridge or Stratton Rd transfer station? What does it cost?

Residents of St. Johns County with proof of residence (driver's license with your current St. Johns County address) can bring items to either transfer station. (Fees may apply)

Other items such as pressure treated wood, tires, residential construction debris, and latex/oil-based paint are accepted across the scale for a charge.

What can I do with all of my cardboard boxes?

Cardboard boxes must be flattened and placed inside of your recycling cart on your service day or taken to the Cardboard Recycling Drop-Off Center found on the Locations tab of our Garbage Collection page.

What can be recycled curbside in St. Johns County?

St. Johns County makes it easy to be a responsible recycler. Place only the five categories of recyclable items, loose (unbagged) in your recycling cart.

Do I need to remove labels from cans when I recycle them?

No, labels do not have to be removed prior to recycling, however remove caps and rinse the containers.

How do I receive a recycling cart for my home?

To order a recycling cart or to request an exchange for your residence, please contact your service provider.

Not sure what to recycle?

Check out our Recycle Coach app!

What is the scheduled service day for my garbage, recycling, and yard debris collection?

Garbage, recycling, and yard debris collection schedules are managed directly by the residential service providers. If you need to obtain your curbside collection schedule, please use the Recycle Coach Tool or contact your service provider directly.

Who is the service provider for my area?

Your local service providers can be found on the Garbage Collection page.

I am a new resident in St. Johns County, do I need to establish service for residential curbside service?

No, residents in St. Johns County pay for curbside collection through their Solid Waste Non-Ad Valorem Assessment. The assessment on your tax bill is for once-per-week service for garbage, recycling, and yard waste collection.

How do I obtain my scheduled service days, request a recycling cart, or schedule an appliance to be collected from my residence?

Please contact your Service Provider for more information.