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Weekly Recycling and Garbage Collection

Weekly Collection:

  • Increase recycling to once per week
  • Decrease garbage collection to once per week
  • Remain once a week for yard waste and large items

* If your household produces more garbage than the one cart can hold, a second garbage cart will be issued at no extra cost as long as you recycle.

Why Weekly Collection
The City launched a pilot program, in seven Orlando neighborhoods, in February 2016. Recycling collection was increased from once every other week to once per week, and garbage collection was reduced from twice per week to once per week. The goal of the program was to meet the demand for increased recycling service by current participants and to encourage more resident participation in our recycling program.

Due to the success of this pilot, we are expanding the pilot city-wide in several phases in 2017. By providing increased recycling pickup, we hope more residents will participate in the City’s recycling program and help make Orlando one of the most sustainable cities in America.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Q: Why is the City transitioning to weekly recycling and garbage collection?

    A: Many solid waste customers have requested increased recycling collection and also told us that they don’t need the second garbage collection day. Field reviews have shown that many homes don’t put their garbage cart out both days or if they do it is often less than half full.
    Increasing recycling to weekly collection and reducing garbage to once per week will allow the City to keep the same monthly fee. This change is also consistent with the Mayor Dyer’s Green Works Orlando Action Plan to reduce our carbon footprint in the delivery of services to the public.
  2. Q: When will weekly collection begin in my area?

    • Phase 1: May 1, 2017
    • Phase 2: June 26, 2017
    • Phase 3: August 21, 2017
  3. Q: a week garbage collection not enough for my household.

    A: Residents are encouraged to use their recycling container more. The more you recycle, the less garbage is produced. If you’re unsure of the material you can recycle, look on the top of the lid of your recycling cart.
    If you are participating in our recycling program and one garbage cart isn’t sufficient to hold all your garbage, you can receive a second garbage cart at no extra charge.
    There is no change in yard waste and large item collection. Yard waste, in bags and bundles, and large items are collected each week.
  4. Q: What if I have a special event and one garbage cart is not sufficient?

    A: You may contact the Solid Waste Division to discuss your needs and a solution is identified prior to your event.
  5. Q: Are there any changes to the single-cart recycling collection services?

    A: Yes. Recycling carts will be collected each week, an increase from the current schedule.
  6. Q: What is the percentage of City residents who recycle?

    A: About 65% percent of City’s residents place recycle carts at their curbs.
  7. Q: Weekly garbage collection will invite pests, bugs and will stink.

    A: Odor, insects and rodents should not be an issue as long as trash bags are tied tightly, and your trash cart is fully closed. Your City-issued trash container is specifically designed with a tight fitting lid to prevent rain, wind, rodents and flies from entering. An occasional washing with water and dish soap will help keep your cart odor-free.
  8. Q: How will collection change for businesses and multi-family homes...

    in the City?
    A: Any businesses or communities who use a dumpster for garbage collection will not be affected. Collection in commercial dumpsters is paid by container size and frequency.
  9. Q: How does this change impact the environment?

    A: Once a week recycling and garbage collection will encourage residents to recycle more, which will assist in meeting the State of Florida’s mandate to achieve 75% recycling by 2020. It will benefit residents by reducing emissions and wear and tear on roads.
  10. Q: What kinds of garbage can I put in the garbage cart?

    A: All household garbage items should be placed in your black trash cart. Trash items should be bagged and tied, then deposited into your trash container for collection. This will keep your cart cleaner and minimize odors. Do not load your trash cart with recyclables, hot ashes, household hazardous chemicals, yard waste, medical waste or paint.
  11. Q: How do I set my carts out for collection?

    A: Place your carts out the night before your scheduled day to avoid missing early morning collections. Place your carts on either side of your driveway if possible and at least three feet away from mailboxes, parked cars and other overhead obstacles. They should be placed so the lids face the street with the handles facing your home.
  12. Q: What can I put in my recycling cart?

    A: Recycling carts are for cans, paper, glass and plastics. All of these containers must be completely empty. Please do not include plastic bags, Styrofoam, leaves or hazardous materials in your recycling carts. You can find more information specific on any of these items by reading "What Can Be Dropped Off" (PDF).
  13. Q: How can I reduce my garbage and recycling?

    A: Composting is a great way to reduce how much you are putting on your curb. Composters take food scraps, yard trimmings and paper products and turn them into nutrient rich soil. Find more information on composting and how to get your own free at home composter at cityoforlando.net/composter.

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