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Sarasota County’s Leaf it out campaign applies to yard waste material brought to the landfill for disposal. Effective May 1, 2023, customers bringing yard waste in plastic bags to the landfill for disposal must empty the yard waste from the plastic bags and place the bags in a designated waste container at the landfill site.  In addition to the tipping fee charge for yard waste, a minimum garbage fee of $15.00 will be charged for the disposal of the plastic bags. Leaf it Out! Click here for more information.

Sarasota County’s Central County Landfill only accepts waste generated in Sarasota County. Materials generated outside of Sarasota County will not be accepted. View additional information.

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Landfill Overview

The Central County Solid Waste Disposal Complex (CCSWDC) is centrally located within Sarasota County and accepts residential, municipal and commercial garbage from the unincorporated areas of Sarasota and from three municipalities (cities of North Port, Sarasota and Venice). Landfill operations are supported by the tipping fees collected for processing and/or disposal of materials received.

Hours of Operation 

**All customers unloading items by hand need to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to closing.**

**All customers must wear closed toe shoes. Customers wearing sandals, flip-flops, etc. will not be permitted to exit their vehicles in disposal areas.**

Central County Solid Waste Disposal Complex (Landfill)
4000 Knights Trail Road, Nokomis
Administration Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Landfill and C&D Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.*
Landfill and C&D Saturday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.*

Citizens' Convenience Center
4010 Knights Trail Road, Nokomis
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.*
Saturday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.*

HOLIDAYS: All facilities closed on New Year's Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. If the observed holiday falls on a weekday, disposal operations (except for C&D) and the Citizens' Convenience Center will remain open until 5 p.m.* on Saturday following the holiday.

*NOTE: All customers unloading items by hand (see list below) need to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to closing.

Disposal Rates/Tipping Fees



Mixed Garbage

$15.00 minimum  

$60.85/ton (effective October 1, 2024)

Construction and Demolition Debris (C&D)


(unseparated waste will be billed at double the solid waste fee) 

Yard Trash

$13.00 minimum 

$47.43/ton (effective October 1, 2024)

 Scrap Metal and Whitegoods

$60.85/ton (effective October 1, 2024)
$15.00 minimum (effective October 1, 2024)


$3.62/each for individual passenger vehicle tires (up to 5) 



$79.29/ton (effective October 1, 2024)


$59.08/ton (non-friable or friable) 
$15.00 minimum charge (non-friable)
$59.08 minimum charge (friable)
$64.00 administrative fee (friable)

$60.85/ton (effective October 1, 2024)

Certified Weight Sale

$8.32/each (documentation) 

Rates effective June 1, 2024


Waste Tire Disposal

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) allows for the disposal of up to 25 waste tires per month without a permit. Residents or companies that need to dispose of more than 25 waste tires per month are required to register with the FDEP. Additional information on waste tire disposal is available through the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Special Wastes

Soils, dredge materials, car wash and street sweeping grit, fill dirt, wastewater cake/sludge and other similar special wastes require prior approval for disposal. Please complete and submit the Special Waste Disposal Request form to the Special Waste Disposal Coordinator for approval before bringing the material to the Sarasota County landfill.

The Central County Landfill does not accept drilling mud for disposal. This includes directional drilling or boring mud, drilling slurry, bentonite and/or bentonite clay

**For each load of asbestos brought to the Sarasota County landfill, haulers must complete a Waste Shipment Record form (below) and schedule the drop-off at least 24 hours in advance by calling 941-861-5000. Asbestos will ONLY be accepted Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. NOTE: The FDEP Notice of Demolition or Asbestos Renovation form (below) must also be completed and returned to the appropriate agency.


Payment for disposal rates must be made with cash, credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover) or a debit card with a bank logo on it. Business or personal checks are not accepted.

Payments cannot be made over the phone, however Sarasota County offers landfill customers a free, fast and easy service to make convenient and secure online credit card payments. Account numbers are not required to make a payment. Customers without an account number should leave that entry line blank.

Advance Payment Accounts

For more than 20 years, Sarasota County Solid Waste has offered Advance Payment Accounts (APA) to our customers, providing a convenient way to pay for landfill fees.

As established by Resolution 2023-119, an Advanced Payment Account Customer (APA) is a customer that has an account with a prepaid amount of cash in it to pay for tipping fees and APA charges.

To establish an APA, customers will need to submit a completed APA application, the APA set-up fee and applicable $1,000.00 minimum payment. All payments can be paid by cashier’s check, money order, cash, credit card, online payment, or personal or business check.

Replenishment of money into an APA is limited to one credit card or online payment transaction per week. Replenishment by cash or check is unlimited and is applied to the account for immediate use.

All APA customers are required to have their vehicles weighed in and out each time they dispose of solid waste. The disposal fee will be charged at the prevailing rate established by the Sarasota County Commission. The APA must maintain sufficient funds at all times to pay for the entire disposal fee.

Use of the APA is only available via an APA account access card.

The following non-refundable fees apply to the APA and will not be pro-rated:

 APA account set-up fee  $150.00 Includes APA account setup, first-year annual fee and up to five account access cards.
 APA annual account fee  $100.00 Due annually on the anniversary date of APA activation. Annual fee will be automatically withdrawn from APA balance.
 APA account access card  $5.00 Cost of each additional access card beyond the five included with account set-up.
 Returned check fee  Varies Checks valued $50 or less will be a $25 fee per check. Checks valued over $50 will be a $30 fee per check or prevailing bank fee, whichever is greater.
 Tipping fees  Varies Billed at applicable rates at time of service.


Landfill Gas to Energy Program

The Landfill Gas to Energy Facility at the CCSWDC is a joint project between Sarasota County and a private company, Landfill Energy Systems Florida (Archaea Energy). The innovative technology demonstrates Sarasota County's commitment to clean energy and a sustainable future. 

Methane, a greenhouse gas produced by the county's landfill, is converted into electricity that enters the power grid.

Three engines inside the building can produce as much as 4.8 megawatts of electricity, or enough to power 2,800 homes. The engines weigh about 20 tons each, have 20 cylinders and produce more than 2,200 horsepower apiece. Each engine uses about 500 cubic feet of landfill gas per minute.

Landfill Gas to Energy Fast Facts


Beginning Monday, Oct. 23, 2023, the landfill site will be closed to visitors (anyone not disposing of materials). Vendors and RC Flyer members will still have access. This closure will remain in effect until the scale renovations are complete.

Mulch and Fines

Mulch and fines are no longer available.


For more information, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000.

Landfill Documents