Single Cart Recycling
- Put all of your recyclables into one cart
- Your recycling is collected once per week (find your collection date )
- Place it on the curb prior to 6 a.m. on your pick up date
Recycle Smart! What Goes in the Cart?
Use our interactive sorting tool What Goes Where to learn what items can go in your recycling cart.
You can also sign up for reminders to put your yard trash out on the correct dates.
Why Should You Recycle?
- Conserves natural resources by reusing materials
- Reduces the amount of waste sent to the landfill, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions
- Saves water and energy
- Creates 10 times more jobs than landfilling waste
Best Practices for Recycling
The following guidelines will help us provide you with better service:
- Place your recycle cart at the curb prior to 6 a.m. on your scheduled date of collection. Keep the cart at least two feet from obstacles such as mailboxes, trees and shrubs, utility poles, meter boxes or parked cars
- Do not overload the cart or place items on top of the cart
- Do not place garbage, yard waste or hazardous waste in the recycling cart
- Keep bags out of the cart by emptying your recycling directly into the cart. Bags and sheets of plastic tangle recycling equipment
- Carts left at the curb on the morning after the scheduled pick up may result in a $25.00 roll back fee
Recycling Drop-Off Locations
If you live in an apartment or condo community and don’t have access to recycling, bring your recyclable materials to one of our convenient drop-off locations.
Common Recycling Questions
Where does my recycling go?
Recycling picked up from homes in the City of Orlando is taken to a recycling transfer station in Taft operated by Waste Services. Truck loads are loaded into large semi-trailers which are driven to a sorting center in St. Petersburg. The material is sorted there and bailed or loaded into trailers for delivery to firms that make products out of the included material. For example, cardboard is baled and shipped to paper plants that make other paper products. Aluminum cans are crushed, shipped to factories, melted and made into new cans. Some materials have high value, others not as much.
How much of our recycling is rejected?
Recycling centers have to remove any contamination (non-recyclable material) from recycling loads. If a recycling load has more than 15% contamination it can be rejected. The City of Orlando has not had a load rejected in 2018. It is not possible to get city specific data from the sorting center since city recycling is mixed with many other jurisdictions at the sorting center.
Why did I see a recycling truck go into a landfill?
The Orange County recycling center is on the landfill property. When a truck enters the landfill gate, it is weighed and then turns right to the working cell for garbage and then turns left to go to the recycle center. City recycling trucks do not use the Orange County recycling center and we would actually be charged if we did. We have received no charges from any Orange County recycling center or landfill.
Did you know that the City of Orlando truck that picks up your garbage on Monday is the same truck that picks up your recycling on Thursday? It is often the same driver. The truck starts out empty each morning and is washed out at the end of the day. We take the garbage to the landfill on Monday and the recycling to the recycle center in Taft on Thursday.
Glass markets are a big challenge in Florida. There are only two bottle makers in the entire state, one near Jacksonville and one near Sarasota. Glass can also be used as an aggregate in pavement and concrete but that is a small market and changes as construction booms and shrinks. Much of our residential glass is ground and reused right at the landfill as daily cover instead of using valuable top soil from borrow pits.
Still have questions?
Ask Mike about recycling! Mike Carroll is the manager of the city’s Solid Waste Division and he wants to answer your specific questions or concerns. Email him at: Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org and get the straight answers you are looking for about recycling.