Orange County Government, Florida

Residential Curbside Collection Program

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Curbside collection returns to regular days during the week of September 18.
Curbside collection returns to regular days during the week of September 18.

Orange County's Automated Curbside Collection Program provides residents with roll carts to dispose of garbage and recyclables. Under this program, garbage, recycling, and yard waste are each picked up once per week. You can access your collection schedule electronically here.

To reduce the amount of garbage in the recycling stream, the Orange County Utilities Solid Waste Division recently launched a new recycling education initiative, "Think 5." By focusing on the top five recyclable items—plastic, metal, and glass containers, as well as cardboard and paper—the overall goal is to help raise awareness about good recycling habits.

The community can expect to see elements of the Think 5 campaign online and in their mailboxes.

Large Item Pickup

Residents who need to dispose of large items that will not fit in the roll cart must send an email to Solid.Waste@ocfl.net (include your name, street address, contact information, and the item(s) that you want collected) or call the Solid Waste Hotline at 407-836-6601 to arrange for pickup.

  • Large items include furniture, appliances, mattresses, automobile tires (limit 4), and rear-projection televisions.
  • Limit large items to three cubic yards (about one small pickup truckload) per household per week.
  • Large items should be placed at the curb no earlier than 6:00 p.m. the night before and no later than 6:00 a.m. on your scheduled collection day.

Using Your Roll Carts

  • Place your roll carts at the curb no earlier than 6:00 p.m. the night before and no later than 6:00 a.m. on collection day. Put away emptied carts on the same day.
  • There should be about three feet of clearance around each cart placed curbside in order for the trucks to use the mechanical arm.
  • The carts should be placed away from your mailbox, parked cars, and low-hanging tree limbs.
  • The handles should be facing your house, and the arrows on the lid should be pointed toward the street.

Garbage Roll Cart

Household garbage items, except for those items listed below, may be placed in the roll cart with the green lid. It is recommended that garbage items be bagged and tied first, then placed in the cart. This practice will keep your container cleaner, minimize odors, and reduce the chance of wind-blown litter.

Other ways to help control odor include double bagging when the odor is more offensive, making sure the cart lid is closed tight, and leaving a dryer sheet inside the cart.

Unaccepted waste includes hot ashes or coals, recyclable items, household hazardous chemicals, medical waste, fluorescent bulbs, tires, paint, and yard waste such as bagged or loose grass, leaves, or small branches.

Recycling Roll Cart

Recycling is required by Orange County Code. All recyclable items may be placed in the roll cart with the blue lid. The following items are acceptable:

  • Newspapers and advertisements
  • Pasteboard (cereal and shoe boxes, and empty paper towel and toilet paper rolls)
  • Paper bags
  • Phone books
  • Flattened corrugated cardboard boxes
  • Magazines and catalogs
  • Junk mail
  • Office, writing, and note paper
  • Metal cans (tin, aluminum, and steel)
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Juice and milk cartons
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Plastic bottles and containers labeled #1 - #5

The recycling program can only recycle the material listed above and no other material should go into the recycling cart. Below is a list of materials that are particularly troublesome and should not be placed in the recycling cart:

  • No hazardous materials
  • No delivery pizza boxes
  • No food waste
  • No dishes, paper plates, pots, or pans
  • No tires
  • No batteries
  • No clothes/textiles
  • No carpet
  • No plants or yard waste such as bagged or loose grass, leaves, or small branches
  • No plastic bags
  • No electronics
  • No hoses
  • No toys or laundry baskets
  • No juice pouches
  • No shredded paper
  • No polystyrene/styrofoam
  • No gift wrap, ribbons, or bows
  • No liquids
  • No hangers (plastic or wire)

Yard Waste

Yard waste includes vegetative landscaping material as well as grass, tree, and shrub trimmings, and should not be placed in the garbage or recycling roll cart. Yard waste should be placed at the curb no earlier than 6 p.m. the night before and no later than 6 a.m. on your scheduled collection day.

  • Limit yard waste to three cubic yards (about one small pickup truckload) per household per week.
  • Use your own garbage cans or plastic bags for collection. Cans and bags must be 50 gallons or less and weigh less than 60 pounds each when full. Cans must be waterproof with a tight-fitting lid and have handles on the sides.
  • Don't mix yard waste with garbage.
  • Bundle limbs, palm fronds, and similar items with string. Keep bundles three feet long or less. Limit weight to less than 60 pounds.
  • Live Christmas trees can be set out at the curb on your yard waste collection day for recycling. Trees over six feet should be cut in half. Remove all ornaments, decorations, and stands before placing at the curb. Artificial trees are not collected with yard waste.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do with my old garbage cans and recycling bins?

We encourage you to use your garbage cans for yard waste and recycling bins for other household purposes; however, if you do not want to keep them, garbage cans may be placed in your green lid roll cart for disposal, and recycling bins may be placed in your blue lid roll cart.

What if I am disabled and cannot take my roll cart to the curb?

Disabled residents who are unable to take their roll carts to the curb may apply to the Solid Waste Division for rear-door service. The driver will collect the carts at an accessible location close to the house, empty them, and then return the carts to the same location. Qualified residents will receive rear-door service at no charge.

What if I want rear-door service but I do not qualify as disabled?

Residents who are not disabled may arrange for rear-door service through their franchise hauler for an additional fee of $13.50 per month. The cost for service may be adjusted annually by the county and must be paid by the customer directly to the franchise hauler.


RECYCLING DROP-OFF

Please refer to the Save Landfill Space page for information on recycling drop-off.

ELECTRONICS RECYCLING

Electronic equipment from your home, such as computers and televisions (except for rear-projection sets), can be recycled. Many retailers will accept old electronics for recycling. Check with your local retailer for electronic waste recycling options.

Orange County residents may also bring their electronic waste to one of the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facilities or community collection events. Click here for electronics recycling facility locations and collection event information.

How to Pay

Curbside services are billed with your property taxes. Newly constructed homes will receive the first bill from Orange County Utilities. For more information, call 407-836-6601.

Items We Don't Take

Automobile parts, household hazardous waste, and freon-containing devices.


Contact Us

Solid Waste Division
5901 Young Pine Road
Orlando, FL 32829

Email: Solid.Waste@ocfl.net
Solid Waste Hotline: (407) 836-6601

All e-mail sent to this address becomes part of Orange County public record. Comments received by our e-mail subsystem can be read by anyone who requests that privilege. In compliance with "Government in the Sunshine" laws, Orange County Government must make available, at request, any and all information not deemed a threat to the security of law enforcement agencies and personnel.