Versione Italiana
HOME» City of Florence» Environment» Waste Collection and Street Cleaning
testo piccolo testo medio testo grande Stampa la pagina Condividi su Twitter Condividi su Facebook

Waste collection and street cleaning

Waste collection

Garbage collection and treatment is carried out in the city by Quadrifoglio S.p.A. Servizi Ambientali Area Fiorentina. Aside from Florence, this company also deals with garbage disposal in the nearby towns of Sesto Fiorentino, Campi Bisenzio, Calenzano and Signa. The company operates in an area of around 297km2 and collects the garbage of approximately 500.000 inhabitants.
How to recycle
The City of Florence recycles paper, plastic, aluminum, glass and in some areas organic matter (compost). The following containers can be found:
  • Blue lid container: garbage that cannot be recycled;
  • Yellow lid container: paper (paper boxes, newspaper, office paper, etc. except very dirty paper and paper with plastic layers);
  • Blue bell shaped container for ‘multimateriale’: glass bottles, plastic bottles, plastic bags, Styrofoam, nylon, aluminum and other metal cans, Tetra-pak (milk containers, juice packs, etc);
  • Brown lid container with green sticker: organic (food matter of animal or vegetable provenance, garden waste, etc).

Not all areas will have all of these bins. Within the historical center (inside the viali), domestic paper recycling is collected door to door on a given day of the week. To find out on which day of the week in your area paper collection is being carried out, please visit this website

Some areas in the historical center now have underground garbage containers. After the first installment in Piazza Santa Maria Novella, other underground containers have also been placed in various other areas. To visualize the exact locations of these underground garbage containers, please take a look at this map

Used clothing
Used clothes, shoes and domestic items (e.g. toys and tablecloths) may be disposed of in the yellow containers operated by the Caritas Diocesana. For more information please visit their website

Bulky waste disposal
In case you have to throw out large items like chairs and tv's, please do not leave them near to the ordinary garbage containers. By calling Quadrifoglio you can make an appointment to have these large items picked up during the night in which street cleaning takes place in your area. This service is free and items usually will be picked up within a maximum of 10 days.
tel. 055 3906666 (Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm).

Batteries, medicine and more
Please do not dispose of dangerous items in the regular trash. In most pharmacies containers are present for the safe disposal of expired pharmaceuticals. Batteries on the other hand are collected by most supermarkets. Construction waste, neon tubes, car batteries and other items considered dangerous have to be brought to one of the ecostations in the city.

Street cleaning

Street cleaning is operated by Quadrifoglio and is carried out either weekly or monthly, depending on the area. Signs that indicate 'no parking' are located at the beginning of each street and at all crossroads in between. These signs indicate the hour and day in which that specific street will be cleaned. During these hours (in the example below from 8 am - 11 am on the 4th wednesday of each month), all cars must be removed. Cars still parked in the street will be towed away.

Sweepy Jet
Certain areas of the city are nowadays serviced by the Sweepy Jet street cleaning system which does not require any removal of cars, since it uses a powerful stream of water to clean underneath them. Nonetheless, at least once a month cars do have to be removed.
For more information on cleaning days and hours in your neighbourhood, click here

pulizia strada



The no-parking regulation due to street cleaning will change from weekly to monthly in these 81 streets maintaining previous time schedule 00.00 am - 06.00 am.

Seguici su TwitterSeguici su FacebookSeguici su Youtube
Licenza Creative Commons Comune di Firenze - Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria 50122 FIRENZE - P.IVA 01307110484
If you have a suggestion to improve our portal please email to