Why can't I use cans for my residential solid waste? It has been a law
within the City limits of Orlando since the 1980s to use only bags to
put out your garbage. The reasons are basic and important: Injuries,
speed/cost effectiveness, and appearance. The most compelling reason for
this policy is the safety and health of our crews. Bags limit the weight
that can be put in them. To avoid back injuries, our crews should be
picking up 40 lbs. or less per bag or bundle. Additionally, having to
lift each can, carry it to the truck, empty it, and then return it
safely to your curb is much slower than tossing a bag. Therefore, routes
can pickup several hundred more homes per day. Unsightly and/or damaged
cans left on the parkway after pickup has been completed do not enhance
the appearance of your neighborhood.
We have animals in our neighborhood that tear
open our bags and make a mess that we have to clean up. What can I do
about that? This is a very common
problem in many areas. Over the years we have found that if you pour
about a half-cup of AMMONIA into the bag before you tie it closed, it
will solve your problem. The animals do not like the ammonia smell at
all, and this will deter even the most stubborn critters. You can also
use a spray bottle with ammonia and dish soap in it to spray the bags
after you put them curbside. The dish soap helps the ammonia cling to
the bag, and the combination of these two agents won't kill your
grass...in fact they actually act as a fertilizer.
What can I do with an old sofa or other
large item? You may place a large
item at the curb on either of your normal pickup days. We will collect
appliances, lawn mowers, furniture, and other large household items. If
you have more than one large item, try to plan ahead and put one out on
each collection day to avoid incurring an additional charge if a claw
truck has to be sent out.
I need to dispose of an old stove,
refrigerator, or other washer; what should I do? Our large item collection
includes these items which we call "white goods." For safety
reasons you are required to remove the doors from refrigerators and
freezers before you put them curbside to ensure that children will not
become trapped in them.
Will my garbage and recycling be picked up on
Holidays? Garbage and recycling is
picked up on all holidays except Thanksgiving and
Christmas. On those
occasions that your pickup day falls on one or both of these holidays,
your garbage and recycling will be picked up on the NEXT SCHEDULED
How do I dispose of my Christmas
Remove all decorations and tinsel from your Christmas tree. Place the
tree curbside on any Wednesday, Yard Waste Day. If your tree is more
than 6 feet tall, please cut it in half before placing it curbside.
Because we recycle all yard waste, your tree will be recycled.
Will you take old paint cans with my trash?
Please do not put cans
with wet paint in with your garbage. If the cans are OPENED, cleaned out
and the leftover paint is dry, you may put them in with your garbage.
Paint and other hazardous materials can be taken to specific sites in
Orange County that are equipped to handle them. Please refer to our
section on Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) for locations and phone
numbers. (Click HHW button below for information)
can I get rid of old oil from my car? Automobile oil is also a
hazardous material. In addition to the Orange County sites listed in the
Household Hazardous Waste section, there are some department stores such
as K-Mart and auto supply stores will accept used automobile oil. Please
see our Household Hazardous Materials (HHW) section for more
can I dispose of LP Gas bottles? These containers are considered
hazardous materials and must be disposed of accordingly. Please see our
section on Household Hazardous Waste Information page for the 2 sites that
presently accept these