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 Frequently Asked Questions
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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 through Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please see the list of drop off locations for hours of operation.

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Where are the 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 Environmental Utilities 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 containers at the curbside no later than 6 a.m. on your collection day.  Remove emptied containers from the curb within 12 hours after pickup.

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What is accepted for curbside collection

  • Household Garbage –- Solid waste must be enclosed in a secure container weighing no more than 50 pounds and placed within 3 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, lead-acid batteries, hazardous waste.

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How can I dispose of my yard waste?
Your hauler will collect your yard waste during your regularly scheduled curbside collection days. 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 through Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The location is 13130 County Landfill Road off of County Road 561.

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How can I get recycling bins?
Recycling bins 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 bin you can stop by our Central Facility (13130 County Landfill Rd, Tavares) or call Customer Service at 253-1672. Residents within municipal boundaries should contact their respective municipal department.

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What can I recycle?
Please see the recycling page for items and instructions for using your curbside recycling bin.

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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 bin 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 through Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The center is located at 13130 County Landfill Road off of County Road 561.

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