Commercial Guidelines

COMMERCIAL SANITATION SERVICE is administered according to the rules and regulations listed below. To help us provide safe, efficient and environmentally sound solid waste collection services to your commercial establishment, the City of Fort pierce Solid Waste Division requests that you follow the procedures.

  • The container must not be loaded past lid closing capacity and nothing can be put into the container that will prevent other items inside from falling out while being serviced. If it is loaded past the lid or packed too tightly, it may not be emptied by our driver.
  • Containers that are inaccessible due to obstructive parking or other reasons beyond the control of the Solid Waste Division may result in non-collection. It is the responsibility of the customer to ensure the container(s) are not blocked on the scheduled collection day. The container is placed in a location as determined by the City. The customer shall not move the container. 
  • Container Access - To ensure collection, please have your container accessible and available prior to 4:30 AM on your designated collection day.  This includes: opening gates, completely removing locks and chains, clearing the area of vehicles or other blockages, removing waste, debris and anything else required to make the container accessible for dumping.
  • Your container is emptied mechanically by the operator from the truck cab. Any accumulations of boxes, trash or pallets left on or around the refuse container will not be collected. Instead, the container will be tagged or noted as overloaded.  Break down cardboard boxes to save storage space. The area around the container must be maintained and kept clean; free of debris.
  • A Special Pick-up (an added fee), is required for excess material/items outside the commercial dumpster i.e., furniture, appliances, mattresses, cabinets or any oversized bulk items. The charge for this service vary depending upon the volume of the items (refer to commercial rates @ www.cityoffortpierce.com). These items must NOT be placed in the dumpster.
  • If a “Special Pick-up” or an extra collection is needed, please call (772) 467-3000 at least 24 hours in advance so that our driver may be notified. If an extra collection is necessary, you will receive an extra charge on your utility bill for the following month.   
  • Prohibited Materials not accepted includes: construction debris of any kind, shingles, drywall, large pieces of wood, plaster, concrete, tiles, dirt, bricks, rocks, paint (wet), mattresses, bulky furniture, tires, pallets, drums, dead animals, hazardous waste and chemicals and other bulky items must NOT be put into the dumpster.  
  • Commercial services do not include bulk horticulture/yard debris collection. Bulk horticulture can be collected inside the dumpster only. Curbside collection is not provided. 
  • Commercial refuse must be drained of all liquids before being placed in the container.
  • ALL wet garbage and food materials shall be placed in a securely tied plastic bag before being placed inside the container to prevent unsanitary conditions and avoid strewn or blown around refuse.
  • It is the customer’s responsibility to keep the inside of the dumpster free of spilled liquids and garbage. Please note that it is not the driver’s duty to pick-up spilled or loose content nor is it Solid Waste responsibility to clean containers.
  • The driver is not required to wait any length of time for the customer to clear access if the container is blocked by a vehicle or any other blockage.  If the container is blocked and you require a pick-up before the next scheduled collection, you will be charged for a special pick-up.
  • If the container is frequently overloaded, the city reserves the right to do a volume check on your container to determine whether to increase the number of collections per week.

Thank you for your attention and understanding. Our goal is to provide a safe, efficient and cost effective solid waste collection services.