Public meetings scheduled next week to provide updates about coming changes to Sarasota County Solid Waste Department services

Sessions planned at libraries in Sarasota and Venice

This graphic shows details about the customer campaign that will be used to help county residents transition to the new service starting in late March 2025. Image courtesy Sarasota County

The staff of Sarasota County’s Solid Waste Department is inviting the public to learn about updates to the solid waste collection program and the proposed assessment rates for 2025, the county has announced.

Among the department’s services are the weekly collections “of residential garbage, recycling and yard waste, operation of the residential household hazardous waste collection centers and proper disposal of materials,” a news release points out. “Solid waste services are funded through a non-ad valorem tax paid annually through the property’s tax bill,” the release adds.

“The Solid Waste Department is focused on affordability, productivity and the use of technological enhancements to improve customer service,” the release notes. The new hauler contracts with Waste Pro of Florida Inc. and FCC Environmental Services of Florida LLC — which the County Commission approved last month — will include new technology, such as a service verification system and automated collection, “to create a more customer-oriented experience for residents,” the release adds.

Public meetings are scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m. on the following dates to provide information to the public about the coming changes:

  • Monday, April 15 —William H. Jervey Jr. Venice Public Library, located at 300 Nokomis Ave. S. in Venice.
  • Tuesday, April 16 —Gulf Gate Library, standing at 7112 Curtis Ave. in Sarasota
  • Thursday, April 18 —Betty J. Johnson North Sarasota Library, located at 2801 Newtown Blvd. in Sarasota.

For more information, visit or call 311.