Residential Garbage Guide

St. Johns County Recycling Getting an Upgrade – Starting July 6, 2015, the upgraded recycling program will give residents the opportunity to recycle easier and with more convenience while offering the capability of more volume. 

Service Schedule

Schedules are managed by service providers. You can get your pickup day(s) directly from them. If you don’t know who your provider is, please call our office at (904) 827-6980 for assistance.

Service Providers

Advanced Disposal services residents in the southern half of St. Johns County (south of the St. Johns River following CR 208 and south of SR 16 to the ocean). 3530 Agricultural Center Drive, St. Augustine, FL 32092. (904) 827-1005. 

Republic Services services residents in the northern half of St. Johns County (north of the St. Johns River following CR 208 and north of SR 16 to the ocean). 445A International Golf Pkwy, St. Augustine, FL 32095. (904) 825-0991. 

For a recycling cart and collection of white goods, please call your service provider.

Household Garbage
  • Place all household garbage into trash cans or plastic trash bags secured to prevent scattering of waste due to animals or wind.
  • All residential waste must be placed curbside within 3 to 5 feet of the edge of the traveled portion of the roadway.
  • Place cans and bags curbside by 6am on scheduled collection day.
  • Non-containerized garbage, excluding bulky waste, will not be collected. No can or bag may exceed 50 lbs.
Yard Waste

Household Yard Debris Collection Guidelines:

  • Yard waste, including bagged debris, is picked up on standard collection days by Advanced Disposal or Republic Services.
  • Branches, shrubs, and stumps (not over 6 ft. in length or 50 lbs. in weight) should be stacked neatly parallel to the curb.
  • Leaves, grass clippings, twigs and small pieces of yard waste MUST be bagged, bundled, tied, or in a garbage receptacle no larger than 32 gallons and 50 lbs.
  • With large amounts, please stack in neat piles. (If it has to be pulled apart, it will not be collected.)
  • Palm fronds should be stacked in neat piles on top of one another with the fan portion facing away from the curb.

Items that are not yard waste include: Whole trees, land clearing debris, yard waste weighing more than 50 lbs. or more than 6 ft. in length, small pieces of yard waste not properly bagged or containerized, fencing, landscape timbers, garden hoses, planters, flower pots, and yard decorations.

Recycling & White Goods

Place recyclable items in the recycling bins provided by your service provider by 6a.m. on the scheduled collection day. 

Please Note: Garbage, recycling and yard debris must be separated by the residents for pick up.

Items Not Picked Up
  • Household Hazardous Waste can be dropped off (free of charge) at Tillman Ridge or Stratton Rd Transfer Stations.
  • Oil-based paint, latex paint, fluorescent light bulbs and waste tires must be brought to either the Tillman Ridge or Stratton Rd. Transfer Stations for disposal (fee charged).
  • Construction & Demolition Debris must be taken to Nine Mile C&D Landfill on International Golf Pkwy, (904) 825-2105, or Waste Pro Transfer Station off SR 207, (904) 819-1738.

Utility Department

St. Johns County Utilities Launches Facebook and Twitter – St. Johns County Utilities now has Facebook and Twitter pages for residents to easily access information and updates about their utilities. Visit and to receive water conservation tips, boil water notices, and other useful updates. For more information, please call 904.209.2700.

St. Johns County Utilities Partners with CH2M to Provide Computers to County Students – St. Johns County Utilities recently partnered with CH2M to provide four local students with new laptop computers in conjunction with the Bikes-n-Bytes Program, an initiative created to provide positive reinforcement for good behavior and academics. Selected from Creekside High School and St. Johns Technical High School, the recipients demonstrated a special interest and aptitude in science, technology, engineering, and math. 

Notice of St. Johns County Utility Window Closing – September 29, 2017 was the last business day the St. Johns County Utility Department has an employee presence at the St. Johns County Tax Collector’s Office at 5430 Palm Valley Road. Beginning October 1, 2017, all customer service needs can be handled by phone at 904-209-2700 or by visiting the Main Office at 1205 State Road 16, St. Augustine, FL 32084. Customers may continue to utilize the payment drop box located on the premises. 

Boil Water Notices & Hotline – Get these and other important alerts directly through the Code Red Emergency Network or call the Boil Water Notice Hotline at (904) 209-2731. You can also view the locations of Precautionary Boil Water Notifications with our Boil Water Notification Map @


Smoke Testing of Sanitary Sewer Systems – Beginning in August 2017, St. Johns County Utilities will perform sanitary sewer smoke testing. For more information on Smoke Testing, visit and see the smoke testing map for locations: Smoke Testing Map and Details

Matanzas Inlet Pipeline Replacement Project – The Project will replace existing water and sewer pipelines that are over 23 years old and located underneath the existing bridge over Matanzas Inlet. To maintain existing water and sewer service to our customer base south of the bridge, temporary piping will be installed across the eastern sidewalk of the bridge, causing this sidewalk to be closed during construction. 


Water Shortage Warning Order for St. Johns County – On May 9, 2017 the St. Johns River Water Management District‘s Governing Board issued a Water Shortage Warning for all counties located within the District. As a result of the order all water users are encouraged to reduce their water use and to voluntarily conserve water to the maximum extent possible. Additionally, water used for landscape irrigation should not exceed two designated days each week and occur only before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. Outdoor irrigation accounts for half of all residential water use so it’s a logical place to focus on reducing use. More information about water shortage warnings can be found online at

Drinking Water and Lead – Learn about the programs the St. Johns County Utility Department has in place to keep your water safe. 

Help Fight F.O.G.! The St. Johns County Utility Pretreatment Department is working to minimize the amount of FOG introduced to our sewer systems through monitoring and education.

Prescription Drug Disposal – Help keep pharmaceuticals out of our waters by not flushing unwanted medication. They can be safely disposed of at our local Sheriff’s office. .

Watering / Irrigation Restrictions. Report St. Johns River Water Management District watering restriction violations via the Water Conservation Hotline at 1-800-232-0904. 

Improvement Projects

Key Improvement Projects – Tour key capital improvement projects that support the quality of our water and wastewater services through infrastructure rehabilitation and expansion.

Ponte Vedra Capital Reinvestment Plan – View a presentation about proposed improvements and financial recommendations for the Ponte Vedra System. 

Locations, Hours, Drop Boxes


Main Office: 
1205 SR 16, St. Augustine, FL 32084 
P: (904) 209-2700, F: (904) 209-2718, Toll Free: 1-877-837-2311

After Hours and Emergency Number:
 (904) 209-2745

Office Hours

Main Office:
7:30am – 4:30pm, Monday – Friday 
Assistance by phone is available 7:30am to 4:30pm, Monday – Friday.

Mailing Address

Main Office:
P.O. Box 3006
St. Augustine, FL 32085

Ponte Vedra:
P. O. Box 1988
St. Augustine, FL 32085

Drop Boxes

2175 Mizell Road.

St. Augustine South 
208 North Shore Dr. 
24 hrs a day, 7 days a week.

St. Augustine Shores Riverview Club 
During Club Hours

Main Office
1205 SR 16

Ponte Vedra Annex Building
5430 Palm Valley Rd



Economic Development

St. Johns County, in northeast Florida, is a highly-desirable, amenity-rich location of choice for starting, relocating, or expanding your business. Bordered by the scenic Atlantic Ocean and St. Johns River, St. Johns County embraces its historic heritage and uniquely diverse communities such as the City of St. Augustine — the Nation’s Oldest City; St. Augustine Beach, Ponte Vedra, and Hastings — the Potato Capital of Florida; which have attracted visitors for centuries. Capitalizing on its global appeal, St. Johns County is poised for economic growth through its strategic location, favorable climate, local economic development incentives, and outstanding community services.

Why Choose St. Johns County

St. Johns County offers businesses and residents alike:

  • Top-ranked Florida Public School System
  • Lowest Overall Tax Structure in Northeast Florida
  • Florida’s Healthiest County
  • Comprehensive Transportation Network
  • Highly Educated Workforce
  • Growing Population
  • Expanding Regional Airport
  • Beautiful Natural Amenities
  • Partnership with the Business Community
  • Progressive Government with a commitment to Economic Development
Our Business-Friendly Environment

Economic development is the number one priority of our Board of County Commissioners. The Board shares a unified commitment to attract new business development, to expand and diversify the tax base, and to create jobs for our local residents.

St. Johns County Economic Development Office is the designated primary partner with Enterprise Florida, the state’s economic development organization. Our office provides assistance to businesses interested in locating and expanding into the County including site selection, incentive negotiation and other due-diligence requests. We are here to help with any questions that you might have for starting, relocating, or expanding your business.

Coordinated efforts through the County, the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce, Industrial Development Authority (IDA) and other resource partners bring a team approach to positioning St. Johns County as a highly-desirable location of choice for business expansion and relocation.

Melissa S. GlasgowDirector of Economic Development
St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners 
500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, FL 32084 
P: (904) 209-0552 
C: (904) 599-3944



Recycling Upgrade

St. Johns County Recycling Getting an Upgrade – In June 2015, service providers delivered new single stream collection carts in unincorporated areas of St. Johns County.

  • The carts take up the same amount of space as current bins, just taller for more volume. (Smaller carts are available by request made to your service provider.)
  • The carts have wheels, making them easy to roll to the curb; and lids to keep animals out and cut down on wind-blown trash.
  • No sorting! All recyclables mix together in the cart.

Recycling Service Provider’s Information

Advanced Disposal – Servicing the southern half of St. Johns County (See Service Map).
Advanced Disposal is proud to collect your recyclables and to provide you with a new, wheeled 95-gallon
recycling cart to help keep St. Johns County cleaner and greener. The best part is, there’s room for more
recycling. Toss in your recyclables, roll them to the curb and you’re done – it’s that easy! For more information, call (904) 827-1005, read Advanced Disposal Recycling Information, or visit

Republic Services – Servicing the northern half of St. Johns County (See Service Map). 
We believe that recycling at home should be effortless. All you have to do is place your recyclables in the container, and we’ll do the rest. Our advanced sorting equipment ensures your recyclables are processed responsibly and reliably. From efficient curbside pickup to thorough sorting systems, we’re making our planet better. For more information, call (904) 825-0991, read Republic Services Recycling Information, or visit

Items Accepted Recycling
Items Accepted Include:


  • Newspapers
  • Craft Paper
  • Shredded Paper
  • Paper Towel Cores
  • Chip Board
  • Cardboard Boxes – Flattened to 2 ft by 3 ft sections
  • Paperback Books
  • Magazines
  • Mail
  • Telephone Books
  • Brown Paper Bags
  • Paperboard Boxes – Cereal


  • Clear Glass
  • Green Glass
  • Brown Glass


  • Aluminum Beverage Cans
  • Steel Food Cans
  • Aluminum Baking Tins
  • Aluminum Food Cans
  • Clean Metallic Lids


  • Milk Cartons
  • Juice Boxes
  • Boxed Soups
  • Food & Beverage Cartons


  • Detergent & Cleaning Containers
  • Milk Jugs & Colored Jugs
  • Soda Bottles
  • Water Bottles
  • All Plastics Labeled #1-7 (labels do not need to be removed)
Place service provider accepted recycling cart curbside by 6 a.m. on your scheduled collection day.
Items Not Collected:
  • Plastic Bags
  • Food Waste & Garbage
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Batteries
  • Pizza Boxes
  • Styrofoam
  • Fireworks & Flares
  • Animals
  • Tires
  • Hangers
  • Mirrors & Window Panes
  • Needles and other Medical Waste
  • Yard Waste
  • Christmas Lights
  • Wire
  • Electronics
  • Hazardous Waste
White Goods
  • Refrigerators & Freezers
  • Washers & Dryers
  • Window Air Conditioners
  • Trash Compactors
  • Furnaces
  • Garbage Disposals
  • Stoves & Ranges
  • Water Heaters
  • Microwaves

Recycle appliances curbside by scheduling a collection with your service provider.




Planning & Zoning


Development Tracker Interactive Mapping – Track development in and around St. Johns County neighborhoods, including rezoning applications and special use permits. Development Tracker is a map of the County with permitting activity mapped by color-coded dots. Click the dots to view project descriptions and status. Development Tracker

Planning & Zoning

The Planning & Zoning Section reviews all land use applications, including Comprehensive Plan Amendments, Re-zoning, Variances, Special Use Permits and Planned Unit Development for consistency with the Land Development Code and the Comprehensive Plan. The procedures and appropriate forms for the above applications can be found in the Development Review Manual.

Agency Members & Meetings

Planning & Zoning Agency
The Planning and Zoning Agency meets on the first and third Thursdays of each month at 1:30 p.m. in the County auditorium at 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, Florida 32084. The Planning and Zoning Agency is comprised of seven members appointed by the Board of County Commissioners. The members represent all districts, each serving a four-year term, with a limit of two consecutive four-year terms. PZA Meeting Calendar

Ponte Vedra Zoning and Adjustment Board
The Ponte Vedra Zoning and Adjustment Board meets on the first Monday of each month at 3:00 p.m. in the County auditorium at 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, Florida 32084. The Ponte Vedra Zoning and Adjustment Board is comprised of seven members appointed by the Board of County Commissioners. Members serve a four-year term.

Growth Management Calendar
Schedules and Agendas for meetings related to Planning and Zoning in St. Johns County. Includes Planning & Zoning Agency, Ponte Vedra Architectural Review Committee, Ponte Vedra Zoning & Adjustment Board, Mid Anastasia Design Review Board, North Coastal Design Review Board, and the South Anastasia Design Review Board.

Presenting at a Planning and Zoning Agency or Board of County Commission meeting? Non-glossy, matte finish photos and materials reduce glare and provide the best visibility via the projection system.

Home Owner Associations with Architectural Review Authority

The Land Development Code requires homeowner associations with architectural review authority to register with the County. Requirements and procedures are in Sec. 5.03.02.H , page V-14. Submit your applicationincluding supporting documents to the Growth Management Department attn: Michael Roberson, Operations Manager. For more information, contact Mike via email or phone (904) 209-0593.

Temporary Use Permits

These permits are generally for uses that are time sensitive, such as special events or seasonal sales. Temporary uses are exempt from paving and drainage permit requirements, and may use special event signage. This includes seasonal sales, carnivals, fairs, and farmers markets. This brief guide helps to clarify the filing process: Temporary Use Permits.


Our staff is committed to helping citizens with questions related to planning and zoning issues that are within County jurisdiction. So that we can assist you efficiently, please provide the following information when you contact us:

  • Strap number (Parcel Identification Number) listed in the St. Johns County Property Appraiser’s records, and located on the current tax bill.
  • Property owner’s name as it appears in current tax rolls.
  • Address of property.
  • You may also find the information you need in our Frequently Asked Questions
Land Use

Buying a House? Want to keep livestock? Build a deck or retaining wall? Knowing what is allowable and what is not can save time and money. The resources on this page will assist you in making informed decisions about your current property or potential purchases. Land Use Page.


4040 Lewis Speedway
St. Augustine, Florida 32084. Map
P: (904) 209-0675
F: (904) 209-0721



The following sources were used to prepare this webpage:

“St. Johns County Government.” Residential Garbage Guide,

“St. Johns County Government.” Utility Department News,

“St. Johns County Government.” Economic

“St. Johns County Government.” Recycling,               

“St. Johns County Government.” Planning & Zoning,