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Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event scheduled for March 14th, 2020

The City of North Port and Sarasota County are teaming up for their annual community household hazardous waste collection event at City Hall.  This year's event will take place on: 

The event is for North Port residents and residential waste only.  Proof of residency may be requested before any waste is accepted.  No commercial or other organizational waste will be accepted.

Type of Items Accepted:

  • Pool chemicals 
  • Automotive products
  • Pesticides  
  • Fluorescent bulbs
  • Paint Solvents
  • Cleaners  
  • Adhesives & glues
  • Fertilizers  
  • Tires
  • Household fire extinguishers
  • Propane cylinders (BBQ size)
  • Unused prescription medications.
  • Sharps in rigid, puncture resistant, leak proof containers. Container will be exchanged for a new one. 

NO: Garbage, appliances, yard waste, ammunition, fireworks or flares.  Sarasota County reserves the right to limit the amount of waste accepted at any collection event.  For more information, please contact the North Port Department of Public Works at 941-240-8050.

Curbside Collection of Used Motor Oil:

The North Port Solid Waste Division collects used motor oil curbside. To use this service, pour the used motor oil into an empty one-gallon, screw-top plastic jug and label it "USED MOTOR OIL." Place the container next to your recycling bin on your scheduled collection day.

Curbside Collection of Batteries:

Automotive, marine and farm-grade batteries are recyclable and can be placed next to your recycling bin on your regular scheduled collection day.

Rechargeable batteries - Nickel cadmium (NiCd), nickel metal hydride (NiMH), lithium ion (Li-ion) and small sealed lead (less than 2 lbs) - are recyclable. Put rechargeable batteries in a plastic bag and place on top of the paper recycling bin for collection.

Alkaline batteries are NOT hazardous and can be placed into the garbage (AA, AAA batteries, etc).  All other batteries (lead acid, lithium, Lithium ion, lithium phosphate, nickel cadmium, nickel metal hydride, etc) can be recycled thru either our collection facilities (250 S. Jackson Rd Venice would be closest) or local retailer such as Home Depot, Lowes or Batteries Plus.  If batteries are rechargeable, then they are recyclable is a good rule to remember.

Fluorescent Lights:

The Home Depot in North Port offers free in-store CFL recycling for households. You can take them to the “Return” area where a collection box is located.

Mercury lamps (compact fluorescent, fluorescent), can be recycled at the Sarasota County Hazardous Waste facilities.  Most LED lamps can be placed in the garbage as well with the exception of red LED.  They are high in lead and should be recycled.  There are some Home Depot and Lowes stores that have a "used lamp drop-off" but it is during certain times of year.  Please call customer service at your local retailer and ask before making the trip.  The 250 S. Jackson Road Chemical Collection facility is open Wednesday-Friday 8am-4pm and will accept both of those items at no charge.

Other Hazardous Waste:
Sarasota County government provides hazardous waste disposal service for the entire County, including the City of North Port. However, the County does not provide curbside collection of hazardous waste.

To dispose of certain kinds of hazardous waste (see list below), North Port residents may take items to the South Sarasota County Chemical Collection Center at the Jackson Road Transfer Station at 250 S. Jackson Road, Venice, FL. You can find the center at the south end of Jackson Road, off East Venice Avenue. Directional signs to the Transfer Station are posted on Venice Avenue.

Drop-off hours for the South Sarasota County Chemical Collection Center in Venice are: Wednesday - Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The South Sarasota County Chemical Collection Center in Venice is closed on government holidays.

Sarasota County also operates a Chemical Collection Center at 8750 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL. The North Sarasota County Chemical Collection Center is open Wednesday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Examples of household hazardous waste which should be disposed of at a Chemical Collection Center are: 

    o    Paint 
    o    Automotive Products 
    o    Cleaners 
    o    Pesticides 
    o    Fertilizers 
    o    Antifreeze 
    o    Gasoline 
    o    Fluorescent lamps 
    o    Fire extinguishers 
    o    Propane tanks

If you have any questions about the Chemical Collection Centers, or about hazardous waste items, call the Sarasota County Hazardous Waste Management Office at 941-861-1531.