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What are your hours?
Except for certain holidays, the Solid Waste Division administrative and customer service offices are open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The landfill is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please see the list of drop off locations for hours of operation.

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Where are the the Drop-Off Locations (aka Convenience Centers)?
The convenience centers page contains directions, general information on items accepted for disposal and hours of operation. For items considered to be environmentally hazardous, please see information on household hazardous waste or business hazardous waste.

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There are so many terms for solid waste. What do they mean?
We have provided a list of definitions to help you understand the various terms used by the Solid Waste division.

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Who do I contact to get my trash picked up?
Visit the hauler information page to find the hauler for your area. For bulk items pickup, such as furniture, appliances and other large household items, residents should notify the hauler directly for service. The haulers have 72 hours (excluding Sunday or holiday) to fulfill the request. Should you need further assistance, you may call the Solid Waste customer service desk at 352-343-3776.

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What time should I place out my containers?
You should place your garbage, yard waste and recycling carts at the curbside no later than 6 a.m. on your collection day.  Remove emptied containers from the curb within 12 hours after pickup.

How do I use the carts?
The provided carts have colored lids to indicate use. The cart with the green lid is for recyclables and tells you the items that can be placed inside. Everything else is trash and can go in the cart with the brown lid. The carts should be placed directly at the curb, with the handle away from the street facing your house. Keep a four-foot distance between carts and mailboxes or other objects, and do not park cars in front of, or close to, the cart.

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What is accepted for curbside collection

  • Household Garbage –- Solid waste must be enclosed in provided cart and placed within three feet of the curb or edge of the road no later than 6 a.m. on the designated pick-up day. NO construction or demolition debris such as fencing, floor tiles, etc., is allowed curbside.
  • Yard Waste – Material must be bagged, bundled or in an easy to handle container and weigh no more than 50 pounds. Limbs and branches must be tied in bundles weighing no more than 50 pounds, be no longer than 4 feet in length with limbs no greater than 6 inches in diameter.
  • Appliances and Furniture – Residents should call their designated hauler to schedule a pick-up. Once the pick-up has been scheduled the appliances and furniture should be placed at the curb no later than 6 am on the pre-arranged day for pick-up by the hauler. Residents are encouraged to call charities for reuse of these items..

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What items are not acceptable for curbside pickup?
Items unacceptable for curbside collection include the following items: Tires, motor oil, batteries and hazardous waste.

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How can I dispose of my yard waste?
Your hauler will generally collect yard waste on the following day after your regularly scheduled curbside collection day. However please call your hauler or Customer Service at 343-6776 to confim your yard waste collection day. Yard waste must be bagged, bundled or in an easy to handle container and weigh no more than 50 pounds. Limbs and branches must be tied in bundles weighing no more than 50 pounds, be no longer than 4 feet in length with limbs no greater than 6 inches in diameter.

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Where can I dispose of my old unwanted computer or other electronics?
Proper disposal of electronic waste or e-waste can be handled at the Central Solid Waste Facility. These items may be brought to the facility for recycling Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The location is 13130 County Landfill Road off of County Road 561.

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How can I get recycling cart?
Recycling carts are provided free of charge to our single-family home residents in unincorporated Lake County. If you are a new resident or if you need a replacement cart you can stop by our Central Facility (13130 County Landfill Rd, Tavares) or call Customer Service at 343-3776. Residents within municipal boundaries should contact their respective municipal department.

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What can I recycle?
The recycling cart lid will also have information on it to inform residents on what can and cannot be recycled. Items do not have to sorted. The items that can be recycled include:

  1. All loose paper
  2. Newspapers
  3. Magazines
  4. Corrugated and boxboard cardboard
  5. All clear and colored glass
  6. Aluminum containers
  7. Steel and tin cans
  8. Household plastics #1 to #7

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What if I want an extra cart?
A homeowner can have additional carts for a one-time fee of $60 for each extra cart and an additional assessment annually on the homeowner's tax bill. If homeowners wish to get an extra cart, they can pick it up at their hauler's office location or pay a one-time fee of $40 for delivery. To order extra carts, call Lake County's Solid Waste Division at 352-343-9400.

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Do I have to fix a cart if it breaks?
All maintenance is included at no cost to the homeowner. If something breaks on the carts, call Lake County's Solid Waste Division at 352-343-9400 so the cart can be repaired or replaced.

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What if I can't roll my carts to the curb due to health reasons?
Special arrangements will be made to get a homeowner’s carts to the curb. Back door service is available for residents who, due to health reasons, cannot transport their trash or recyclables to the curb. Residents can contact the Lake County Solid Waste Division at 352-343-9400 for details and more information.

I live in a rural area with a long dirt riveway. The 95- and 65-gallon carts are too big for me to get to the curb. What are my options?
In special circumstances, the county can issue a homeowner two 35-gallon trash bins in lieu of one 95- or 65-gallon bin. To opt for this, a homeowner should inform the Lake County Solid Waste Division by calling 352-343-9400 during the first six months after the start of the program.

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What is considered a household hazardous waste?
Hazardous waste is any items that will damage the environment if improperly disposed. Chemicals poured down the drain pollute drinking water and contaminate septic tanks or wastewater treatment systems. When put into the trash, some chemical waste can cause injury to sanitation workers. These items include but are not limited to: paint, motor oil, gasoline, propane tanks, antifreeze, car batteries, household batteries (including rechargeable), lawn chemicals, pesticides, fluorescent light bulbs, aerosol cans, and pool chemicals. Please use designated collection locations to dispose of household hazardous materials.

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What do I do with old household batteries and car batteries?
Household batteries can be properly disposed of in a clear plastic bag and placed in your recycling cart for curbside collection. Both household and car batteries may be brought to the Central Facility or any of our drop off locations.

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Where can I drop off household hazardous waste?
Lake County residents may bring household hazardous waste items to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The center is located at 13130 County Landfill Road off of County Road 561.

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