TAVARES – To better facilitate the new curbside collection process, Lake County is offering residents tips on how to properly use their new county-issued trash and recycling carts.
As part of the new program, residents in unincorporated areas of the county were issued two free carts as part of the new “1-1-1” curbside collection program, which began the week of Oct. 6. The new household trash and recycling carts are designed to be easily collected by automated collection trucks.
To help ensure efficient collection, carts should be placed at the curb with the wheels of the cart facing the resident's home. Because trash and recycling are picked up on the same day of the week, the two carts should be placed at the curb at least four feet apart from each other and away from mailboxes, vehicles, trees and other objects so as not to hinder the automated collection system. This will allow enough room for the truck’s mechanical arm to lift the cart, empty it, and return it to the curb.
In an effort to encourage recycling, Lake County’s new recycling carts fit more recyclables than the prior yellow containers, which will help to reduce waste volume. Through the county’s single-stream recycling program, all recyclable material such as paper products, plastic containers, metal and glass, can be disposed of in the same recycling cart without any need to separate or sort. Items that cannot be recycled include plastic bags, Styrofoam, batteries and light bulbs.
Residents may make a one-time change to the sizes of their carts at no charge between now and April 1, 2015 by calling the county at 352-343-9400. Available cart sizes include 95-, 65- and 35-gallon containers. After April 1, there will be a $40 delivery fee for cart exchanges. The delivery fee will be waived for residents who choose to exchange their cart at their hauler’s cart exchange location. Residents may also purchase an extra trash cart for a one-time fee of $60, plus a $40 delivery fee (unless residents pick up the cart from their hauler.) An additional fee will be levied on the homeowner’s TRIM notice (tax bill) for the additional cart to cover the cost of annual collection.
Lake County offers a multitude of resources at www.lakecountyfl.gov/garbagecollection, including a video about how to use the new carts, fact sheet about the new program, full list of recyclable items and a link where residents may look up their collection days online.
The solid waste call center will remain open from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday – Friday and from 8 a.m. - noon on Saturdays until further notice to help answer residents’ questions and concerns, and place orders for cart exchanges.
For more information about the new curbside collection service, contact the Lake County Solid Waste Division by phone at 352-343-9400, by email at email@example.com, or by visiting www.lakecountyfl.gov/garbagecollection.