Polk Debris Drop Off Sites Open for Residents



 Contact: Jeremy Maready, Communications Specialist

(863) 534-6094 (office)  (863) 344-2037 (cell)


Polk Debris Drop off Sites Open for Residents

 Bartow, Fla. (Oct. 26, 2017) — Polk County will again open two sites Friday where residents can drop off vegetative debris from Hurricane Irma.

The sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through Monday and will be at:

  • 5901 Strickland Ave. in Lakeland, on the west side of the road at the ball park
  • Tabor Road in Lakeland, at the intersection of North Galloway Road and Mt. Tabor Road in the northwest corner of the intersection. This is across the street from 3008 Mt. Tabor Road.

These sites will be limited to Polk County residents only and staff members will be checking identification to confirm and document their address. There will be no charge for disposal at the sites, but there are a few restrictions. Two other sites, in Poinciana and Haines City, have been closed because of a lack of customers.

 To be eligible for dropping off vegetative debris, residents must abide by several restrictions, which include:

  • Personal vehicles (cars/trucks)
  • Trailers not exceeding 8 feet x 16 feet
  • Vegetative debris only (branches, tree trunks, shrubs, etc.)
  • Excludes commercial customers

The opening of these sites is in addition to the North Central Landfill where disposal fees have been lifted until further notice from the county manager.

  • The landfill hours for accepting this material will be as follows:
  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday
  • Residential vegetative debris will bypass the landfill scale and will be directed to a designated staging area at the west end of the Materials Recovery Facility