- No brush pickup on Wednesday
Used Motor oil, antifreeze and automotive batteries may be brought to the Public Works Department located at 915 Charles Ave. Monday thru Friday 7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. This is for residential customers only. No hazardous waste is collected or taken for disposal by this department. These items should not be placed in containers at curbside for collection. Polk County Solid Waste operates a Household Hazardous Waste Collection site. Call 284-4319 for information about site hours and location. Examples of hazardous waste but not limited to are: pesticides, fertilizers, paint, household chemicals, fluorescent bulbs, propane tanks and fuels.
Storm water and storm water management deals with both water quantity and water quantity. Public Works is responsible for maintaining water quality by performing routine maintenance of canals, catch basins, storm-pipes, roadway swales and ditches. Any problems associated with flooding or drainage should be reported to the Public Works Department at 863-965-5511.
Storm water quality is a responsibility of both the city and its residents. Our lakes are a very valuable resource. The lakes are home to many wading birds, otters, alligators, turtles and fish.
The city tries to protect our water quality through practices to keep pollutants from entering into our lakes by street sweeping and litter control. Routine inspections of industrial facilities throughout the city help to prevent and detect any illicit discharges.
Residents can also help by using caution and care when applying fertilizers and insecticides to their lawns. When doing lawn maintenance by not blowing grass or leaves into the roadways to be carried to our lakes by storm water.
Residents are encouraged to use xeriscaping and landscaping with Florida native plants. Information may be obtained through the Florida Yards and Neighborhood Program, administered by the University of Florida Cooperative Extension Services or the Polk County Office in Bartow.
Contact number for the Bartow Office is 863-519-8677 or online at Florida Yards and Neighborhoods.
Illegal discharges or dumping also causes pollution to our lakes. Citizens are urged to call the Public Works Department , 965-5511 if they see or suspect that illegal dumping or discharging is occurring to our lakes or to our storm-water system.