How do I dispose of large items such as rugs or white goods such as water heaters?
Contact Waste Management (the Town’s franchise hauler), 941-753-7591, Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., to make arrangements for a special pickup of large items. Fees may apply.
How do I dispose of my Christmas tree?
Place trees at curbside for normal yard waste pickup on Wednesday. Please remove all ornaments, icicles or stands.
How do I dispose of my E-Scrap such as old TVs and computer parts?
Longboat Key residents may safely dispose of electronic components for free at a special collection center at the county landfill on the third Saturday of each month from 9AM to 3PM. You may wish to call for other collection options, hours of operation or directions. Call the Manatee County Lena Road Landfill at (941) 748-5543 or the Sarasota County Landfill (941)861-5000.
How do I dispose of my fluorescent and high intensity discharge (HID) lamps (lightbulbs)?
Fluorescent and High Intensity Discharge (HID) Lamps or light bulbs contain mercury which is a hazardous material. Please collect your fluorescent and HID lamps for the annual household hazardous waste collection, or take them to the County landfill in Manatee County (941) 798-6761 or in Sarasota County (941) 861-5000. Call ahead for hours of operation and directions or get more information in the Public Works Department. For more recycling information, Earth911.
How do I get a new water meter?
New water meters are installed for a variety of purposes. For new construction contact Planning, Zoning and Building, 941-316-1966. For all other types, contact Utilities, 941-316-1958, Ext. 2216, or the Finance Department, 941-316-1999, Ext. 1415.
How do I prepare my waste for pickup?
Household garbage is collected on Monday and Thursday throughout the Key. Containers are provided by the Town’s franchise hauler. There are three sizes of the green containers available: 30, 64 and 96 gallons. Plastic bags may also be placed curbside but cannot weigh more than 40 pounds each. Corrugated cardboard boxes should be flattened and placed curbside alongside your garbage. If you should move, the garbage can should remain at the residence.
Recyclables are collected on Monday only. Place recyclables in your single stream cart. A new single stream blue cart will be delivered to you beginning November 3, 2014 and your old dual stream red and blue bins will be recycled. Please use your single stream cart as soon as it arrives. Do not place your recyclables in the green household garbage cart, or in paper bags, plastic bags or cardboard boxes. See Waste Management's list of which items to recycle brochure and the Town's recycle page. If you move, the recycling cart should remain at the residence.
Yard waste is collected on Wednesday only. Put yard waste in reusable cans (not your green or blue carts) or securely tied bags. The cans should be no larger than 32 gallons and yard waste should not stick out over the top of the can. When it’s more practical to bundle, tie the yard waste securely. Cans, bundles or bags must weigh less than 40 pounds, bundles must be 4’ long or less, and 16” or less in diameter. If you have an excessive amount or larger pieces of yard waste, please call Waste Management at (941) 753-7591 to arrange for a special pickup.
Garbage, recyclables and yard waste must not be commingled. All items must be curbside by 7:00 AM. If your pickup is missed, please call the Public Works Department at (941) 316-1988 as soon as you are aware of the missed pickup oar Waste Management at (941) 753-7591.
How do I read my water meter?
Introducing your water meter. Further information can be obtained directly from the Water Division by calling (941) 316-1958, Extension 2216.
The term "E-Scrap" is applied to consumer electronic equipment that is no longer wanted. Many components in electronic equipment contain hazardous materials such as lead, cadmium, mercury and arsenic. While in use these hazardous materials do not present a problem, but when they are discarded they pose an environmental threat Common electronic products include:
Computer cables, connectors and mice
DVD players/ recorders
Computer game hardware
Monitors and terminals
Personal audio systems
Items NOT accepted include toasters, vacuums, mixers/blenders.
What is the COASTAL CONSTRUCTION CONTROL LINE (CCCL) program?
The COASTAL CONTRUCTION CONTROL LINE (CCCL) program defines the jurisdictional area of a State regulatory/permitting program established by Chapter 161.053, F.S., and administered through the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). By statute the CCCL is intended to define the zone of significant shoreline fluctuation expected from a 100-year return period hurricane and is located at varying distance from the mean high water line (MHWL) based on the results of a county-by-county technical evaluation (e.g., surveys and modeling study). The first CCCL was established on Longboat Key by FDEP in about 1974-75 (done in two parts because of the separate counties). The lines were updated based on new data and modeling and re-recorded in 1987. The update had the effect of moving the CCCL substantially landward from the original location.
What is the EROSION CONTROL LINE (ECL)?
The EROSION CONTROL LINE (ECL) is provided for by Chapter 161, Florida Statutes (F.S.). An ECL may be established along a section of sandy shoreline by the State through the Division of State Lands, following a formal Mean High Water Line (MHWL) survey, a technical review by Department staff and an Administrative Hearing. The ECL has the effect of replacing and permanently "fixing" the location of the otherwise fluctuating MHWL and becomes the new line that distinguishes between private upland ownership and public or sovereign ownership. An ECL is typically established immediately prior to a beach restoration project because the effect of the fill project would be to artificially relocate the natural MHWL; it may also be associated with beach placement of sand dredged for maintenance from an inlet channel. There is an established ECL on Longboat Key extending continuously from the north side of North Shore Road to the groin adjacent to New Pass at Sands Point.
What makes a substance hazardous?
A substance is hazardous if it is TOXIC, directly or indirectly poisons living things; IGNITABLE, capable of catching fire; REACTIVE, capable of participating in a chemical interaction or transformation; CARCINOGENIC, capable of causing cancer. Improper disposal of hazardous products can cause a fire or release toxic fumes, pose a health risk for collectors or contaminate the water supply and the environment.
Alkaline batteries can still be tossed into your household solid waste for curbside collection. All other batteries should be recycled at an appropriate recycling location or with your annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection materials. Batteries are accepted at the Manatee County Landfill and Sarasota County Landfill on the third Saturday of the month or you can find local stores that accept batteries for recycling.
Who do I call if my garbage, recycling, or yard waste is not picked up?
Contact Waste Management, the Town's franchise hauler at (941) 753-7591, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. If Waste Management is not responsive, contact the Public Works Department at (941) 316-1988.
Who do I contact about a pothole in my street?
Contact the Streets, Facilities, Parks and Recreation Manager at (941) 361-6411, Ext 2212, or the Public Works Department at (941) 316-1988.