Yard Debris and Mulch Program

Yard Debris Collection Program

The City of New Port Richey Streets Division picks up yard debris throughout the City from residents. Debris is to be placed on the right of way, as close to the street as possible without going over the roadway or sidewalk. When possible, keep yard debris away from telephone poles and low hanging wires. Yard Debris may be placed in the alley. Do not tie or bag the debris, as we will not pick it up. Should your pile have anything other than yard debris in its pile, it will be red-tagged to advise why it has not been picked up. Once the issue has been corrected, the pile will be picked up on its NEXT regular pick up. The debris program was designed for typical property maintenance by home owners and residents within the City and not designed for land clearing or grubbing.

Crews travel a specific route to pick up the debris. This route is on a continuous rotation. It generally takes about 6-8 weeks (weather permitting) to get through the entire City to pick up all yard debris. You may use this to estimate, from your last pick up, to see when they will be in your area again.

Should you have a lot of trimming to conduct, the City asks that you call the Public Works Department to get a closer time frame and schedule your trimming when we will be in your area, as we do not do special pickups.

For full details regarding the City yard debris ordinance Click Here.

Witness any form of Illegal Dumping?

Contact the City of New Port Richey Police Department at (727)841-4550.

The City's yard debris ordinance includes an incentive to which any person who provides the City with information which leads to the conviction of a person in violation of the ordinance, may receive and award not to exceed $100.00.

Help keep New Port Richey clean!

Mulch Program

Where does all the yard waste go once it is picked up? The yard debris is disposed of at city-owned and -operated mulching facilities. The debris is ground up and piled into 15-20 foot rows. The mounds are turned weekly and sprayed with water to encourage decomposition. The resulting heat that is generated internally during this process eliminates any weed seeds remaining.

The final product is transported to the pick up site on Pine Hill Road across from our Fleet Department & City Gas Pumps. This recycled mulch is available free to city residents 24 hours a day.

The City will deliver the complementary mulch to City citizens whether it's intended for residential or commercial properties. The size of the mulch load varies from 1-14 yards, and is based on location. Delivery orders are available upon request, and are completed when staffing is available.

The City requests you have the available information when placing your delivery order:

  • Contact name and best available contact phone number
  • Address of location
  • Section marked on property where mulch is to be placed

If you choose to pick up the mulch on your own, make sure you bring a shovel. If there is a City employee available they will assist you with equipment, loading the bed of your pickup truck as a courtesy. Any citizen can pick up mulch, you do not have to be a City Resident.


Where are the Yard Debris Crews?

As a continued effort to show our residents we are listening to their concerns, we are now keeping an updated map to show where yard debris crews are at weekly. Please see the map for reference.

10 Tips for Efficient Irrigation

  1. Frequency Adjustment – Set your irrigation clock for the correct watering day according to last number in street address
    • Potable watering days below
      • Even addresses may water on Thursday and/or Sunday before 10 a.m or after 4 p.m.
      • Odd addresses may water on Wednesday and/or Saturday before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.
      • Locations without a discernible address, such as right-of-way and common areas inside a subdivision, may water on Tuesday, and/or Friday before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.
    • Reclaimed watering restriction
      • The City of New Port Richey does not have any watering restrictions, City residents may water as much or as litter of Reclaimed Water on any days/times.
  2. Duration – Apply ¾” per irrigation
    • Fixed spray pop-ups – 20 minutes
    • Rotors & Micro-irrigation – 45 minutes
    • Check amount with tuna can calibration*
  3. Turn ON roof mounted rain shut-off device and check for proper operation.
  4. Mature landscape plants don’t need as much water as turf. Turn down or turn off individual emitters/ zones not used for turf in landscape beds or water by hand as necessary.
  5. Install micro-irrigation in landscape beds or water by hand as necessary.
  6. Replace roof mounted rain shut off device with wire/wireless soil moisture sensor installed in the ground. Note: To achieve maximum savings, follow installation and calibration instructions closely.
  7. Replace irrigated turf with mulched landscape beds of drought tolerant plants. Remember to modify the irritation system by replacement with micro-irrigation or capping existing emitters.
  8. Operate irrigation system manually. Shut it off entirely during the rainy season for maximum savings.
  9. Use ‘Seasonal Adjustment’ or ‘Water Budget’ settings during cooler months. Irrigation needs re up to 50% less in the winter dormant season.
  10. Periodically check for broken heads, misdirected sprays, etc. In addition, periodically check controller programming for duplicate programs, multiple start-times, excessive run-times, These issues are easy to overlook, but are frequently identified as the cause of increased water consumption. ALWAYS check programming after power outages, power surges, or lightning strikes, as these have been known to reset controllers to factory default settings. For many controllers, factory default = a DAILY water schedule.
  • Note: Application rates and system design can vary significantly. Suggested run-times discussed above are based on average application rates. Always check amount with tuna can calibration.

Beginning of Madison Street Streetscape Improvements Project on June 25, 2018

The City of New Port Richey will begin work on the Madison Street Streetscape Improvements Project on June 25, 2018.  The project area will be from Main Street to Massachusetts Avenue and is expected to be completed by early January (weather permitting.) The project will include site preparation, demolition, tree removal, concrete sidewalks, landscaping, irrigation, street lighting, and ADA improvements at intersections.  Every effort will be made to minimize impacts to the traveling public and property owners during the construction process.


For further information please contact the project contractor, Augustine Construction:

Site Superintendent: Bill Shetler (727) 226-3938

Project Manager: Joe McCoy (727) 940-3184


Regularly Scheduled Maintenance at Sims Park

The playground at Sims Park will be closed for approximately 2 hours on Wednesday, June 6th, beginning at 7AM for routine maintenance of the equipment. At this time, we ask that you do not enter the playground area until all maintenance is complete.