When you see a pile of garbage, we see a pile of valuable resources. Everything that we throw away has value imbedded in it. It takes energy, water and natural resources to make these products. Finding ways to reduce, reuse and recycle these materials makes a positive impact on the environment and helps to save money.
Orlando’s long term goal is in hopes of becoming a zero waste community. We are finding innovative ways to put your waste to work and find solutions for our continually evolving waste stream, such as employing next-generation waste and recycling technology, increasing commercial and residential recycling, developing food waste and composting programs, and creating policies and standards that reduce waste to meet the following goals:
|Metrics||2010 (Baseline)||2018 (Targets)||2040 (Goals)|
|Residential Waste Diversion Rate||27%||50%||100%|
|Overall Diversion Rate||Low||Low||High|
Recycling at City Hall and Community Centers
We're currently expanding recycling efforts at City Hall and have implemented recycling programs at 19 of our City community centers. Additionally, more than 2,200 kids have received recycling education at community centers from Keep Orlando Beautiful.
Commercial Food Waste
Food Waste diversion at City Venues
The City is developing a food waste reduction/diversion strategy at our venues including Camping World Stadium and the AMWAY Arena. We are also working with partner venues such as the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and Orlando City Soccer Stadium.
Environmentally Preferential Purchasing
We're working to reduce paper use through the integration of online project documentation software in City Planning Division. Additionally, the City is adjusting their purchasing policy to reflect environmentally preferred items.
Commercial RecyclingIn almost all instances, commercial recycling programs reduce solid waste costs. In the City of Orlando, commercial container service for garbage collection is provided by the City’s Solid Waste Management Division and is priced based on volume. We provide containers ranging in capacity from two (2) cubic yards up to eight (8) cubic yards and pickups from one to six times per week. Our commercial customers have the opportunity to work with a multitude of private hauling companies for roll-off services. If you need any additional information regarding our commercial services you may also contact us at SWbillingsvc@cityoforlando.net
Commercial Food Waste and CompostingOrlando’s food service industry is a vibrant part of our City and can now take part in our new commercial food waste initiative. Participants in this program can save money by potentially reducing garbage collection up to 10%, reduce your landfill waste, divert your food waste to beneficial end uses such as compost and clean energy, reduce odor from your compactor or dumpster, join some of the greenest and most cutting-edge businesses in Orlando, and be recognized as an Orlando Green Works partner. For more information on signing up, or to schedule a meeting with our Solid Waste Project Coordinator, please contact the City of Orlando Solid Waste Division at 407.246.2314 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Partnering with Keep Orlando BeautifulThe City is a proud partner of Trash 2 Trends, a Keep Orlando Beautiful, Inc fundraiser that brings the fashion and art of local artists together with the environmental community to promote sustainability in an innovative way. The show features local designers who create runway looks from items headed to the landfill.
Recycle at Home
Help divert waste from the landfill and lighten your trash load by using our convenient, roll-off carts for all your mixed recyclables, including plastic, glass, paper, and cans, in one place.
If your apartment complex does not provide recycling services, you can still do your part and take your recycling to one of the City's ten drop-off locations. Just like the roll-out carts, all recyclables (plastic, glass, paper, and cans) can be mixed in these bins.
Composting one way the City of Orlando is reducing waste sent to the landfill. The Solid Waste Division will deliver a free backyard compost bin to City residents and you can create a nutrient rich soil amendment to use on your lawn or garden by composting food scraps, yard waste, and shredded paper products.
Responsibly Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste
For your safety and the safety of our environment, please visit one of our hazardous waste drop-off locations to dispose of any product that includes any of the following words on its label: Flammable, Poison, Warning, Corrosive, Explosive, Danger, Pesticide, Caustic or Acid. Latex or oil based paint and items containing mercury, such as fluorescent lights and thermostats are also considered hazardous waste.
*Denotes a key action that the City of Orlando is taking to become a hub for green companies and support green jobs that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources.