Yard Debris Schedule and Compost Program

Yard Debris Schedule

About the Yard Debris Program:

The City of New Port Richey's free debris removal program makes it easy for residents to dispose of yard debris. The program is designed for typical property maintenance by homeowners and residents within the City, not for land clearing or grubbing.

The Streets Division follows a specific route to pick up yard debris within the City. The entire City is cleared over the course of 6-8 weeks (weather permitting). You may use this to estimate when they will return to your area. In order to maintain the 6-8 week timeframe, crews must continue on their regularly scheduled route, therefore we do not do special pickups. Longer timeframes are subject to emergencies, work load, & special events. 

Should you have excessive trimming to conduct or do not want your pile to sit long, please call the Public Works Department to get a closer time frame and to schedule your trimming when we will be in your area. 

Program Guidelines:

  • Place debris on the right-of-way closest to the street, or in the alley
  • Debris should not interfere with any sidewalks, residential property, stormwater drainage, or vehicular traffic, and must be kept away from telephone poles and low hanging wires
  • Do not tie, bag, or mix debris with anything other than yard debris
  • Debris must be cut into length of less than six (6) feet
  • Tree trunks may not be greater than eight (8) inches in diameter

For full details regarding the City's Yard Debris Ordinance click here.

Red-Tagged Debris:

Debris that cannot be collected will be red-tagged to advise why it has not been picked up. Once the issue has been corrected, debris will be removed on the next pick-up.

Common red-tagged issues include:

  • Too close to fence/fire hydrant/pole/guide wire
  • Debris other than yard debris (newspaper, carpet, appliances, plastic bags)
  • On top of utility box


Free Compost Program

Compost  Program Overview:

Recycled compost is free to citizens of the west Pasco area located at our pick-up site on Pine Hill Road (across from the City Fleet Division at 6420 Pine Hill Road).

The City will deliver complimentary compost to properties in New Port Richey, Port Richey, and Holiday. The size of the mulch load varies from 3-14 yards and is based on the location. Delivery orders are available by request and are completed when staffing is available.

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

  • Contact name and best available contact phone number
  • Address of property
  • The section of your property where compost is to be placed

Compost is available for anyone to pick up. If you choose to pick up the compost on your own, please make sure to bring a shovel. If City staff is available, they will assist you with equipment and loading the bed of your pickup truck.

How it Works:

Yard debris is disposed of at city-owned-and-operated mulching facilities where it is ground up and piled into 15-20 foot rows. The mounds are turned weekly and sprayed with water to encourage decomposition. The internal heat generated during this process will eliminate any remaining weed seeds.
The final product is transported to the pick-up site on Pine Hill Road across from the City Fleet Division.

Current Limitations due to Giant African Land Snail

A quarantine is in place starting at the northwest corner of U.S. Highway 19 and Ridge Road. Proceed east on Ridge Road, south on Little Road, west on Trouble Creek Road, north on U.S. Highway 19 (see map below).

Due to the Giant African Land Snail deliveries are only able to be made within the quarantined area. It is unlawful to move the giant African land snail or a regulated article, including, but not limited to, plants, plants parts, plants in soil, soil, yard waste, debris, compost or building materials, within, through or from a quarantine area.

Neighborhood Clean-Up

Neighborhood Fall 2021 Clean-Up Day, Saturday, November 6

The City of New Port Richey hosts a bi-annual neighborhood clean-up event in the fall and again during late spring of each year. The dates and times will be posted on the city calendar. This event allows residents of the City of New Port Richey to dispose of unwanted items in dumpsters rented by the City. Residents can take their unwanted items to either one of the two locations and properly dispose of those items.

Saturday November 6 is the next clean-up event.

City residents may bring their unwanted items to the dumpsters at the following locations:

  1. Frances Avenue Park off of Louisiana Ave
  2. The old River Road Church property located on 6131 South River Rd.

The following waste can be brought to both locations:


Materials Allowed at Both Locations

  • Glass
  • Wood (8′ or less)
  • Drywall
  • Fence
  • Carpet
  • House Furniture
  • Mattress
  • Plywood


Items for River Rd Location Only

  • Nonworking, undamaged TVs, Computer Monitors/Towers accepted at River Road location only.
  • Paint & household chemicals accepted at River Road location only.
  • Paper shredding available at River Road Location only (limit of 4 boxes per household).
Materials Allowed at Both Locations Items for River Rd Location Only
  • Glass
  • Wood (8′ or less)
  • Drywall
  • Fence
  • Carpet
  • House Furniture
  • Mattress
  • Plywood
    • Nonworking, undamaged TVs, Computer Monitors/Towers accepted at River Road location only.
    • Paint & household chemicals accepted at River Road location only.
    • Paper shredding available at River Road Location only (limit of 4 boxes per household).
    For additional information you may contact the Public Works Department at (727) 841-4536

    Grounds and Facilities Maintenance

    Grounds Maintenance

    Duties & Responsibilities

    The Grounds Maintenance Division maintains all grounds on City owned properties including our 10 beautiful parksopens in a new window. Crews monitor special events held, keep trash collected, maintain playgrounds and prepare reserved pavilions in parks. Grounds Maintenance Crews also maintain the irrigation and the splash pad at Sims Parkopens in a new window.

    Facilities Maintenance

    Duties & Responsibilities

    The Facilities Maintenance Division maintains all City buildings, including HVAC Systems, elevator maintenance, and cleaning of buildings. Facilities Maintenance also maintains the Street Lights on US Highway 19.

    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.