Solid Waste and Recycling Weekly Collection Pilot Program
Commissioners, businesses and residents have accepted our challenge to keep our City green by making improvements to their operations, homes and neighborhoods.
Since 2012, residential recycling participation in the City of Orlando is up 20 percent, helping us further our community goal to have 100% of our waste diverted from landfills by 2040.
Last February – to encourage more resident participation in our recycling program, and to meet the demand for increased recycling service by current participants – the City launched a pilot program where in seven Orlando neighborhoods our Solid Waste Division increased recycling collection from once every other week to once per week and reduced garbage collection from twice per week to once per week.
The City ultimately extended the pilot to a year and at Monday’s workshop Solid Waste Division Manager, Mike Carroll, gave council an update on the pilot and the feedback we’ve received from our residents to explore a city-wide implementation of the pilot.
By providing increased recycling pickup, we hope that even more residents will participate in the City’s recycling program and help make Orlando one of the most sustainable cities in America.
Top Woman in Technology 2017
Mayor Buddy Dyer took a moment to recognize Chief Information Officer, Rosa Akhtarkhavari, for being named one of the Top Women in Technology by State Scoop, a leading Government IT news and media company.
The list recognized women across the country in state and local governments. Rosa was recognized for her hard work to constantly improve the efficiency and operation of city government and the lives of our citizens.
OPD HQ Ribbon Cutting
On Wednesday, March 22, at 10:30 a.m. the City will open the new Orlando Police Department Headquarters.
This is not only a new building for our officers, but also for our entire community.
The building itself was designed to provide new ways to interact and continue to build relationships with our community while enhancing operations to further protect our residents, businesses and visitors.
There are multiple public spaces both inside and outside the headquarter building, including a public plaza area; a 5,000 square-foot multi-purpose room dedicated for community events and meetings; easier access to public parking and more parking spaces for visitors, including two new “online exchange” parking spaces and an iconic art sculpture for neighbors and visitors to experience.
The City will also be hosting a community BBQ on Saturday, April 15th from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. for residents to get a firsthand look at all the new ways you can interact with our officers and the see the services we provide.
City Flag Design Competition
Also on Wednesday, March 22, the first phase of our City Flag Design contest is ending.
Mayor Dyer encourages everyone who is interested in submitting a design to get it by the March 22nd deadline.
We have collected more than 150 submissions and more are coming in daily.
This contest is a great opportunity for our community to create a new city flag together. To learn more about the contest and submit your design visit cityoforlando.net/flag.
Neighborhood and Community Summit
This past Saturday Mayor Dyer joined with our City Commissioners for the annual neighborhood and community summit.
We welcomed more than 350 attendees that represented neighborhood associations, non-profits, civic and faith based groups. It was a full day of learning, networking and community building.
Mayor Dyer congratulated Jean Gertenbach from Mai Kai Condominium in District 1 who received the Neighborhood Champion Award and the Heart of Florida United Way who received the Community Builder Award.
More information about the award recipients and all the workshops can be found on our website cityoforlando.net/summit.
Items of Note:
EDV #1 – District 1 – New Park Amenities
Part of our efforts to make Orlando a City for Everyone includes providing great outdoor amenities for residents to enjoy.
Council heard two items that will help further that mission and the creation of two new parks – East Airfield Park and a park in Laureate Park – in Commissioner Gray’s District, our District 1.
EDV # 7 – Virginia/Lake Highland Study
Council accepted the proposed Virginia Drive/Lake Highland Study.
As a City, we have focused on strategic growth to ensure that where growth happens and what type of growth happens benefits our community and both preserves and enhances quality of life for our residents.
This study is a key part of that effort and working with our residents and businesses to help develop a long-range vision and planning guidelines that will further create, define and strengthen our Virginia Drive and Lake Highland neighborhoods and commercial districts.