The case will be referred to our field staff and will be brought to a hearing in front of a Special Magistrate. If found in violation the City could be given authority to abate (fix) the violation and pass the associated fees onto the property owner as an assessment on the property.
Is single stream recycling successful in other cities?
Yes! Since single stream recycling was implemented in the City of Fort Pierce, the amount of recyclables collected has increased by 170 percent. The City of Stuart has had such success with their single stream recycling program, that residential trash pickups have been reduced from twice a week to once a week.
How are the carts picked up and emptied?
Waste Pro's fleet of compressed natural gas trucks are equipped with automated arms specially designed to empty the single stream carts. The arm is controlled from inside the vehicle so Waste Pro employees do not have to leave the truck.
How do I dispose of electronic equipment such as TVs, computers, laptops, etc.?
Electronic Waste (E-Waste) can be scheduled for a special pickup by Waste Pro and delivered to the landfill as hazardous waste. Residential customers within the city and county are eligible for this service.
The following is a list of common E-Waste items:
Fluorescent light bulbs
Call Waste Pro at (772) 595-9390 for more information about e-waste or to schedule a pickup.
What do I do with hazardous waste?
Household hazardous waste cannot be picked up with regular household garbage, but can be disposed of in two ways:
The Public Works Department hosts a free Hazardous Household Waste Collection Day twice a year. The department also has free drop-off sites at city buildings for rechargeable batteries (cell phones, etc.). Call (772) 871-5100 for more information.
The St. Lucie County Sanitary Landfill (located 6120 Glades Cutoff Road, Ft. Pierce) accepts many of these items. Call (772) 462-1768 for hours and for information about what will be accepted.
The following is a list of common household hazardous waste:
Rechargeable batteries *
Items containing mercury
Small Sealed Lead acid batteries *
Oil-based paints, thinners*
* CLARIFICATIONS - The following types of batteries are accepted:
Rechargeable Batteries (typically found in household electronics, cordless power tools, phones, etc.)
Small Sealed Lead Acid Batteries (usually found in backup power supplies)
Wet Cell Lead Acid Batteries (usually from autos, boats, trucks)
How do I dispose of X-rays?
Residents may call the radiology department of their local hospital or clinic for recycling of X-rays.
How do I dispose of Smoke Alarms/Detectors?
Smoke Alarms/Detectors contain a very small amount of radioactive Material and should be returned to the manufacturer for disposal.
Latex (or water-based) paint is NOT considered hazardous waste but it can cause hazardous conditions to the public if not properly dried out before disposal. All latex paint must be solidified prior to collection by Waste Pro so that the paint does not leak from the garbage trucks onto our roads and ultimately other vehicles. We recommend using cat litter to dry up any unwanted latex paint. Another option is to air dry in sunny conditions for several days before setting out for disposal. If you have additional questions about latex paint disposal, please contact Waste Pro.
Used needles ("sharps") are also NOT considered hazardous waste, but you should take certain precautions with them before placing them in your household trash. The Florida Department of Health has an informative pamphlet on the subject, titled "How to Safely Throw Away Needles at Home."
How do I know what I can put in the new cart for recycling?
There is a graphic on the lid of the cart which lists items that can and cannot go in. If you are still unsure, please call Waste Pro at (772) 595-9390.
How do I place the cart at the curb?
Place the cart with the lid opening facing the road. Please make sure it is at least 5 feet away from the mailbox to allow the automated arm of the truck to access the cart
I don't have space for this cart, where am I supposed to store it?
The measurements or footprint of the old bins combined are 21.5 inches long and 15.2 inches wide. The new cart's footprint is square at 21.5 inches by 21.5 inches. The footprint of the new cart adds just 6.3 inches, so it's just slightly bigger then the old bins.
What do I do with my old bins?
Residents can call Waste Pro at (772) 595-9390 to schedule pickup of their old recycle bins.
Where can I place my signs?
Please refer to our Sign Code page for illustrations on how signs should be placed.
Do I need a permit for a garage sale?
A permit is not needed for a garage sale. Residents can fill out the City’s Garage Sale Form for advertisement on the Garage Sale Search Map and in the City's electronic newsletter, free of charge. For proper placement of garage sale signs, please read the City's Sign Code. The City will remove signs that are improperly placed.
Can I place or leave the cut branches and debris on my lot?
No, this is a violation of City Code and could result in a fine.
How much time do I have to come into compliance before I could be fined?
The courtesy letter was a notification of the complaint which should allow ample time to comply the violations. Once the Code Compliance Division formally addresses this compliant, you will received a certified letter for a Notice of Hearing for the case to be seen by the Special Magistrate. This gives you typically 30-45 days to comply the violations. Please keep in contact with the Code Specialist that is assigned to the case.
I am from out of state, where can I obtain a list of companies that can help me?
The best option would be to search the internet for a local licensed landscaper, arborist, or tree trimming company. The City cannot recommend or provide listings for services.
Once complied, could I be found in violation again?
Yes, a property can be found in violation every 12 months. Annual maintenance is required.
What are my service days?
Our Solid Waste Contractor has 3 different types of collection days: Yard Waste, Recycling and Garbage. You may find your collection days on our City's website on the Refuse Schedules Map. You may also contact Waste Pro at 772-595-9390 and they will assist you accordingly.
What do I do after I correct the vacant lot violations?
Once the overgrowth is cut back from the neighboring developed property, please email VacantLot@cityofpsl.com. The Code Division will then send out a Code Specialist to reinspect the property and advise us of their findings. If in compliance the complaint will be closed out.
What do I do with the tree debris that is cut back from my neighbor’s property line?
Since unimproved (vacant) lots do not pay for waste removal, you will need to contract with a waste removal company and have the debris hauled away.
What do I need to do to come into vacant lot compliance?
The case will be referred to our field staff and will be brought to a hearing in front of a Special Magistrate. If found in violation the City could be given authority to abate (fix) the violation and pass the associated fees onto the property owner as an assessment on the property
What happens if I leave trimmings/debris at curbside?
All trimmings and debris must be hauled away. Unimproved lots are not assessed for solid waste services. Placing yard waste in vacant lots is considered illegal dumping and against city ordinance. Code Compliance will investigate to determine if illegal dumping has occurred. If illegal dumping is evident, the property owner will be notified and asked to come into compliance. If the property owner fails to cooperate, the city will follow standard Code Compliance procedures such as issuing a citation and/or placing a lien on the property.
Abandoned or vacant real property negatively impacts the community and causes blight. Many properties undergoing foreclosure are vacant prior to the conclusion of the foreclosure process and can go unoccupied for months or even years. Thus, leaving the properties abandoned and untended for extended periods of time awaiting foreclosure sale. It is the purpose and intent of this chapter to establish a registration process to limit and reduce the deterioration of property which have been abandoned due to a foreclosure or where ownership had been transferred to a lender or mortgagee by any legal method.
Why am I receiving a Courtesy Letter?
You are receiving a letter because the City has received a complaint for vegetation overgrowth on a vacant property. A courtesy letter may be sent to vacant lot owner to allow them addition time to bring the property into compliance prior to a Special Magistrate hearing being scheduled. Additionally, a copy is sent to the complainant to inform them of the City’s actions to obtain voluntary compliance.