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Vegetation Amnesty Days........ (May 3 - 14)


In preparation for the 2021 hurricane season which begins on June 1, the City of West Palm Beach is offering FREE vegetation pickup during Vegetation Amnesty Days, which will occur May 3-14, 2021. The annual amnesty period allows residential customers to place large or unlimited amounts of vegetation waste for pickup at no charge (service charge is waived during this time). The result is a comprehensive, citywide cleanup effort of yard debris in preparation for hurricane season. The pickups will occur during a resident’s regularly scheduled yard waste pickup days. 

Vegetation includes grass clippings, leaves, tree and shrubbery cuttings or trimmings, broken or cut tree limbs and logs and other vegetation incidental to the care of lawns and gardens.

To take advantage of Vegetation Amnesty Days, please follow the City’s regular yard/bulk guidelines:

  • Place waste at curbside no earlier than 6:00 p.m. on the night before your regular yard waste pickup day.
  • Contain waste to only one pile.
  • Place grass cuttings, small trimmings and leaves in plastic bags.
  • Cut tree limbs and branches into lengths no longer than four ft.
  • Cut tree trunks and stumps into sections no longer than four ft. and no larger than 12 in. in diameter.
  • Do not mix yard waste with any other type of debris.

Vegetation Amnesty Days does not apply to commercial properties or landscape contractors. 



Public Works operations will continue as usual offering reliable sanitation, street and lighting maintenance services.  Sanitation routes may run slightly slower until further notice; however, Public Works is committed to servicing our customers, while maintaining the safety of our employees.

For more information, please call the City of West Palm Beach Department of Public Works Sanitation Division at  (561) 822-2075  (TTY: 800-955-8771)  or email


Sanitation Office

Office Phone: 561-822-2075  /  24-Hour Phone: 561-822-2222
Monday through Friday  /  8:00am to 4:00pm

Waste pickup is a service provided to our residents and businesses; the following is a list of waste removal services available.

  • Residential / Household Garbage
  • Yard Waste / Bulk items
  • Street Sweeping
  • Commercial Dumpsters / Compactors
  • Recycling (Bins are provided through Solid Waste Authority and picked up by Waste Pro)
    • SWA (561) 640-4000
    • Waste Pro (561) 688-8912

Pickups are scheduled Monday thru Saturday. Please see our sanitation "pick-up schedule" lookup for service information.

If your regular pickup day falls on a holiday please see our "holiday trash schedule" for additional information. If your regular pickup is missed, please call customer service at (561) 822-2075.

Hazardous waste will not be picked up by the City as it requires special handling services. If not disposed of properly, hazardous waste can cause serious injury or death. Please view our A-Z Guide on Waste Disposal & Recycling for additional information on proper disposal practices.

*Note: Regarding bus bench maintenance issues and litter at Palm Tran bus stops please contact Creative Outdoors (COA) at 1-800-661-6088.

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