Garbage, Recycling & Yard Waste Info
Special Waste Programs
While most household waste is eligible for collection services the following items require special handling and are not collected curbside.
Electronics Recycling E-Scrap
End-of-life electronics such as computers and televisions may be recycled at the Central Transfer Station's Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility. Electronics recycling is free for all Seminole County residents. It is strongly recommended that all information be removed from the hard drives of old computers before they are recycled. Some common methods of removing personal information from hard drives include special software, or removing the hard drive and punching or drilling holes through the case.
Household Hazardous Waste
Disposal facilities are located at the Central Transfer Station and the landfill for many common items such as antifreeze, poisons, mercury thermometers, pool and lawn chemicals, paint, thinners, solvents, rechargeable batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, gasoline, and used motor oil. (Containers must be labeled stating the contents.) Disposal is free for all Seminole County residents. Businesses may NOT bring hazardous waste to either facility.
The Central Transfer Station limits disposal to four tires per person at $1 each. At the Landfill, loads of more than ten tires and loads of tires not from a passenger vehicle or light truck, as determined by the Solid Waste Management Division, will be charged by the ton.
Visit the Seminole County website and search for special waste to obtain information about amnesty days offered several times per year.
Construction & Demolition Debris
Examples of construction and demolition debris include steel, glass, brick, concrete, asphalt, roofing material, pipe, wallboard, lumber, large stumps, and tree branches from land clearing or tree removal and may be disposed of ONLY at the Seminole County Landfill.
Household garbage may be placed out for collection once a week in the green cart provided. Additional bags and containers may be placed out next to the cart provided, but shall not exceed the volume of approximately one (l) 96-gallon cart per pickup. Items need to be of size that will fit in cart. With automated service once the cart is emptied, the service collector will need to exit the vehicle and transfer overflow to the cart for servicing. Larger items will be considered bulk and serviced on bulk and yard trash day.
Each property is provided with a garbage (green) and a recycling (blue) cart. Carts must be set no more than three feet from the curb and two feet apart in an area of easy access away from mailboxes, fire hydrants, and other obstacles, with handles facing away from the street no later than 6 am.
Residential carts are the property of the City and shall remain at the properly to which they are assigned. Malicious damage, destruction or unauthorized removal is strictly prohibited and will be subject to penalty. Carts are equipped with RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology so the City can track and verify the servicing of each cart.
Note: No carts, debris, or large items shall be placed out for collection any earlier than 6 pm. Of the day prior to a scheduled pickup, and no later than 6 am. On the day of collection. Containers shall be removed no later than 8 pm. On the day serviced.
Bulk Waste (Large Items)
May be placed out for collection on the next business day following your normal garbage and recycling day. Bulk waste is limited to a maximum of four cubic yards, and must be able to be lifted by two people. Bulk waste includes items such as furniture, appliances, and bicycles, and are serviced by a separate collection truck. It is not necessary to call Waste Pro unless you are requesting a Special Service pickup.
Residential collection service will be provided on all holidays with the exception of Christmas Day. If Christmas Day should fall on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, the makeup day will be the preceding Saturday. If the holiday falls on Thursday or Friday, the makeup day will be the following Saturday.
May be placed out for collection on the next business day following your normal garbage and recycling day. Yard trash shall be bundled or bagged and shall be limited to a maximum of four cubic yards or ten bags per residence per week. Bundles shall not exceed six inches in diameter and four feet in length. Bundles and bags should not exceed fifty pounds each in weight.
Items not meeting these specifications will be marked with a noncollection notice and may be collected and billed as a Special Service. Christmas trees will be collected as part of normal Residential Collection Service throughout the month of January. Contractor generated yard trash must be hauled away by the contractor.
Please do not use your Waste Pro garbage/recycle carts for yard trash
Charges for solid waste, recycling, bulk waste and yard trash will appear on your monthly utility bill and are treated as any other service.
It is prohibited to burn solid waste including vegetative matter or transport solid waste from any property out of the City without proper permits per City Ordinance.
Recycling may be placed out for collection on the same day as household garbage collection in the blue cart provided. Additional items may be placed out but shall not exceed the volume of approximately one (l) 96-gallon cart per pickup. Items need to be of size that will fit in the recycle cart. With automated service once the cart is emptied, the service collector will need to exit the vehicle and transfer overflow to the cart for servicing. Larger items that do not fit in the cart (i.e. oversized cardboard) will be considered bulk and serviced on bulk and yard trash day.
Recycling Material Guidelines
- Pasteboard (boxes for items such as cereal, pizza, soda, beer, tissues, shoes, and paper towel and toilet paper rolls)
- Brown paper grocery bags (no wax, no wet strength material, or liners)
- Cardboard (corrugated, non-coated) flattened and cut to fit inside the recycling cart
- Newspaper, supplements, magazines, catalogs and telephone books
- Plastic containers number 1 through number 7 (like butter or yogurt containers)
- Glass bottles and jars (clear, green, and brown), remove all lids
- Cans (aluminum, tin, and steel containers, such as food/drink cans)
- Non-hazardous aerosol cans (empty and nozzles removed)
Please rinse out containers.
- Broken glass
- Plastic bags
- Aluminum foil/pie plates
- Egg cartons
- Plastic plant trays/containers, or buckets (even if recycle number 1 through number 7 )
- Waxed cardboard
- Light bulbs
Visit the Earth 911 website for more local recycling options.
Prescription Drug Drop Box
Located inside the main lobby of the Lake Mary Police Department at 165 E Crystal Lake Avenue, is a Drop Box for anyone to dispose of medications which are no longer needed or have expired. These drugs must be packaged in their original container, a plastic bottle, or sealed in a plastic bag. No loose medications/pills, liquid medication, hypodermic needles, syringes or sharp objects are accepted.
For residents with conditions requiring hypodermic needles, free containers and needle disposal is offered at Lake Mary Fire Station 37 located at 911 Wallace Court, and Lake Mary Fire Station 33 located at 145 E Crystal Lake Avenue.
Seminole County Solid Waste Information Resources
View the list of Seminole County Solid Waste Information Resources.