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Yard Trash

All grass leaves, and small amounts of tree trimmings less than 4 feet in length and no more than 5 inches in diameter, and weighing no more than 40 pounds must be bagged or container within waste cans, and placed within 3 feet of the curb by 6:00 a.m. on your yard trash collection day.

Large amounts of yard trash that cannot be placed in cans must be cut in 4 feet lengths and neatly stacked within 3 feet of the curb. These items are considered a "Bulk Item", which requires special handling and collection. These piles that are not collected on your regularly scheduled day will be "tagged" with an information card notifying you that the pile was too large and has already been scheduled for pick up.

DO NOT mix household garbage, hazardous waste, furniture, appliances, or construction and demolition debris such as fencing, floor tiles, lumber, concrete, etc. with household garbage.

Any yard waste generated by landscaping, lawn maintenance, or tree trimming contractors must be disposed of by the contractor at a sanitary landfill, as stated in the Okeechobee County Code of Ordinances. (Solid Waste Ordinance Code, Section 49-32)

Bulk Trash Collection for Single Family Homes

What is bulk trash? Non vegetative items which cannot be containerized, bagged or bundled; including, but not limited to, inoperative and discarded refrigerators, ranges, toilets, washers, dryers, bath tubs, water heaters, sinks, bicycles, and other similar appliances, household goods, and furniture.

The customer is required to remove all doors from refrigerators, freezers, ovens, ranges, washers, dryers and other similar appliances a s required by Florida Statutes Chapter 823.07, 823.08, and 823.09.

All bulky waste should be placed curbside on your regularly scheduled collection day. Bulky waste not collected will be "tagged" with an information card notifying you that it has already been scheduled for pickup.

All bulky waste shall be collected within 5 business days of your regularly scheduled collection day.

This does not include cars, boats, or engines. 

Construction and Demolition Debris

Construction and demolition debris is considered a special item, which requires additional fees and special handling. Residential customer must make arrangements with Waste Management, Inc. for payment of any additional fees and the type of collection/disposal service required for construction and demolition debris.

All construction and demolition contractors, companies or handyman services must contact Waste Management, Inc. for collection and disposal requirement pertaining to any special item, such as land clearing debris, construction and demolition debris or and contractor-generated waste as stated in the Okeechobee County solid waste contract. 

Amnesty Day for Hazardous Waste

The following rules and procedures are for the Household Hazardous Waste Amnesty Day Collection Events, which are held twice a year in the months of April and November on specified dates that will be determined by the Solid Waste Department, and those dates will be published in the local newspapers. Household Hazardous Waste Amnesty Day is held at the Okeechobee County Vehicle Maintenance Facility, 306 NW 9th Ave. Waste Amnesty Day is for Okeechobee County residents that need to dispose of the following household hazardous waste items:

Common Household Hazardous Waste:

Batteries Mercury Fluorescent Lamps
Latex paints NiCad Thermometers Fluorescent tubes
Oil based paints Lithium Thermostats Ballasts
Weather Sealers Mercury Neon Lights  
Wood preservers Metal Hydride    


Flammables Reactive Materials Toxics
Pool chemicals
Paint thinners Aerosol cans Pesticides
Battery acids
Kerosene Pool chlorine Herbicides
Drain cleaners
Lighter fluids Fertilizers Poisons
Acids and bases
Propane cylinders Cyanides Paint strippers
Strong chemicals Adhesives Sulfides  

The following waste items are NOT collected:

  • Ammunition
  • Radioactive Material
  • Asbestos
  • Biomedical/Infections Waste
  • Fireworks/Explosives
  • Automobile or Marine Parts of any kind 

Waste Tires

Disposal of waste tires are limited to four (4) tires per resident in a one (1) year period and must be delivered to the Waste Management Landfill. Only D.O.T. approved passenger car and pickup truck tires will be allowed for disposal.

Tires will NOT be collected at residential curbside locations.

  • You will be required to show identification for proof of address
  • No Semi truck tires or off road tires of any kind
  • No free disposal of commercial business waste tires.

Used Oil and Automotive Batteries

Used oil must be contained in clear plastic containers that are five (5) gallons or less with a sealed lid to prevent oil spills or leaks. Used oil must not be contaminated with water, coolant, fuel, grease, paint, cooking oil, or any other liquid or material.

Automotive batteries must be intact for disposal.

Note: Okeechobee County will only accept used oil and batteries during Waste Amnesty Days.

No commercial business used oil or battery disposal.