The City of Orlando is conducting a six-month Weekly Recycling and Garbage Collection Pilot in seven neighborhoods. If you are in one of these neighborhoods (Audubon Park, Baldwin Park, Fairway Cove, Westchester, Carver Shores, Timberleaf and New Malibu) you’ll see changes in trash pick up beginning the week of Monday February 22, 2016.
According to the City’s website, “Many solid waste customers have requested increased recycling collection and also told us that they don’t use twice per week garbage collection. 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. The pilot test will allow the City to closely track the operating expenses for weekly recycling and garbage service to see if there is additional savings.
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.”
There is no change in yard waste and large item collection. Yard waste, in bags and bundles, and large items will still be collected every week.
How will these changes impact the environment? “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.”
To read more, visit the City’s website here.