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City of Tallahassee service changes for Thanksgiving holiday

Posted at 12:56 PM, Nov 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-27 12:57:19-05

The City of Tallahassee is making the following service changes ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.

The City of Tallahassee’s administrative offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28-29. Following are schedule changes for the week of November 24-30 for solid waste customers living inside the Tallahassee city limits, StarMetro, the Animal Service Center and City-run community centers.

Solid Waste Schedule Changes

During the holiday week, some residential customers will receive service one day later than their regularly scheduled service. This includes garbage / recycling and yard waste / bulky pickup, which will impact blue week customers:

  • Monday customers > No change
  • Tuesday customers > No change
  • Wednesday customers > No change
  • Thursday customers > Friday, Nov. 29
  • Friday customers > Saturday, Nov. 30

Thanksgiving is known for its feasts, which can create a large amount of food waste and grease. You can help reduce the amount of waste that goes to the landfill by composting raw food scraps, such as apple cores, coffee grounds, egg shells and herb stems. Grease should be collected, never poured down the drain. You can use leftover grease to cook with in the future or take it to one of the City’s used cooking grease recycling stations. Find one near you at

Garbage and recycling containers should both be rolled to the curb for pickup by 6:30 a.m. on collection day, with both containers returned to the home no later than the day after collection. For more information, visit or call 850-891-4968.

StarMetro Schedule Changes

StarMetro, the City's mass transit system, will change its operations for the Thanksgiving holiday, as follows:

Fixed Route Services

  • Thursday, Nov. 28 – There will be no fixed route service on Thanksgiving Day.
  • Friday, Nov. 29 – StarMetro’s fixed route service will operate on a Saturday schedule with night service, including the Trolley.

Dial-A-Ride Services

  • Thursday, Nov. 28 – There will be no Dial-A-Ride service on Thanksgiving Day.
  • Friday, Nov. 29 – Dial-A-Ride will operate as normal.

On Friday, Nov. 29, StarMetro’s Customer Call Center will be open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., and the C.K. Steele Plaza booth will be open from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Animal Service Center Closed Nov. 28-29

The Animal Service Center will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28-29. Normal hours resume on Saturday, Nov. 30, with the center opening at 10 a.m. Customers needing more information, including photos of animals available for adoption, may visit or contact the Animal Service Center at 850-891-2950.

City Animal Control will be available for emergency situations only on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28-29, and can be reached via the Consolidated Dispatch Agency at 850-606-5800.

Parks and Recreation Updates

Community centers operated by the City of Tallahassee Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs Department will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28, through Sunday, Dec. 1. Community centers will resume normal hours on Monday, Dec. 2. To learn more about the various community centers and what they offer, visit