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DeSoto County Recycling Program

We are disappointed to announce that DeSoto County has been forced to put a temporary halt to our recycling program. We are still accepting paper materials only at the Landfill Location however; we are unable to accept any other recyclable materials until further notice. DeSoto County residents have been granted permission to utilize the Charlotte County facility located at: 19675 Kenilworth Avenue.

You will take Veterans toward Port Charlotte and take a right at the light on Cochran. You will then take the next right, which is Kenilworth Avenue. The facility will be located on your right hand side. The materials accepted at this location are paper, cardboard, and all glass and plastics #1 - #7. DeSoto County residents ARE NOT permitted to take trash to this facility. We do sincerely apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause and would like you to know that we are working diligently to ensure that our recycling program will be back up and running in the future. We do understand the need for recycling to protect our beautiful County and greatly appreciate the help received from the community as a whole. Any future changes or updates to the recycling program will be posted here, and we appreciate your patience as we work through this temporary issue. 

Please note: Charlotte County operating hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM!!!



DeSoto County currently offers four (4) locations throughout the county for our residents recycling needs.

You may click on the location name to get directions!


Location 1: DeSoto County Landfill

                      3268 SW Dishong Ave.

                      Arcadia, FL 34266

                      Open Monday-Saturday 7:30 AM-5:30 PM



                      Roan & Gibson St.

                      Open Monday-Friday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM

                      (Please Note: This location will be closed on Mondays June 2nd-September 1st)


Location 3: McKay Street-Driveway next to Animal Services PLEASE NO PAPER AT THIS LOCATION!

                      Open Monday -Thursday 8:00 AM-4:30 PM



Location 4: Craig's RV Park (Just South) PLEASE NO PAPER AT THIS LOCATION!

                      Cubitis Avenue

                      Open Monday-Friday 8:00 AM-4:30 PM




What items can you bring to recycle and what do the bins look like?


The types of items listed below are accepted at ALL four locations!




  • All plastic bottles coded 1-7

  • Beverage containers

  • One or two liter bottles

  • Milk and water jugs

  • Detergent/cleaning bottles



  • Plastics that are not bottles

  • Uncoded plastics

  • Plastic containers used for motor oil, automotive products, paint, solvents, lawn care products and chemicals

  • Polystyrene, commonly known as “Styrofoam”






  • Aluminum beverage cans

  • Steel/tin food and beverage cans

  • Clean aluminum foil, foil food trays

  • Other scrap aluminum



  • Hazardous aerosol cans (spray paint, bug spray, etc.) and other hazardous waste (paint, chemicals, pesticides)





  • Juice, soda, water bottles

  • Beer, wine, liquor bottles

  • Food jars

  • CA redemption bottles



  • Drinking glasses

  • Ceramics

  • Crystal

  • Mirrors

  • Window glass

  • Light bulbs


You will find open top roll off containers like the one below at all four locations!





The types of items listed below are only accepted at the Landfill location!




  • Newspaper, including inserts

  • Phone books

  • Corrugated cardboard

  • Food/detergent boxes

  • Office paper/computer paper

  • Magazines, catalogs



  • Blueprints/carbon paper

  • Metallic or plastic coated paper

  • Tissue/toilet paper, paper plates, napkins, cups, towels

  • No boxes or paper contaminated by more than 3% food or grease


You will find these covered bins for these types of materials at the Landfill!





Helpful Recycling Tips:


  • Rinse all food or liquid particles from all items!

  • Flatten, smash, crush: consolidate what you can!

  • Just because it is plastic, glass or metal does not mean you can recycle it!

  • If it is larger than a milk jug or laundry detergent container, we most likely cannot accept it.

  • Just because it HAS a recycle logo on it, does not mean we can accept in within our program.


Please only dispose of approved recyclable materials in the provided dumpsters. These are not dumpsters for garbage disposal! We do request that NO paper or cardboard materials are left in the three bins that are located off of the Landfill property. If you have any paper or cardboard, we ask that you bring those items to the Landfill where there are covered bins available for collection.





What happens to your recyclable materials after they leave your hands?

DeSoto County DOES NOT process recyclable waste on site. We currently haul all of our recyclable materials to Hardee County Landfill where it is then sorted and processed accordingly.


If you have any further recycling related questions please contact:

Christina Williams - Office Manager






Henry Grimes
Environmental Services Director
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Ph:   (863) 993-4829
Fax:  (863) 993-4830

DeSoto County Landfill
3268 SW Dishong Ave | Arcadia | Florida | 34266
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