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The initial distribution of the free City refuse carts will begin in April 2021 with each residence receiving one 64-gallon cart

From the City of Altamonte Springs

The City of Altamonte Springs is switching to a new semi-automatic waste collection system, shifting from complete manual pickup, which uses the strength of the employees to lift garbage cans, to a semi-automated service. This new system will use cart tippers, eliminating the need for heavy lifting, and new collection trucks will require that trash carts (i.e., bins, cans, etc.) have a front-side lift bar with wheels which allows the tippers to grab the cart.

The reason the City is transitioning to this new system is for the health of their employees, a more streamlined process, and to be able to continue providing good rates. Solid waste employees play a critical role in ensuring the community stays healthy as they move from house to house to collect, transport and dispose of solid waste. Since 2016, the City has been strategically moving toward a semi-automated collection system by installing hydraulic tippers on their refuse trucks, which streamlines the collection process, helps reduce the physical demands on the employees and reduce work-related injuries. These changes will also ensure that the City can continue to provide services at a reasonable and competitive rate.

The initial distribution of the free City refuse carts will begin in April 2021 with each residence receiving one 64-gallon cart. Cart delivery is expected to take about six weeks, but you may begin using your cart as soon as you receive it. Customers are required to use the new carts and follow the new guidelines beginning May 31, 2021.

What type of containers can be used?

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Residences will be limited to two City-approved refuse containers per collection day, per household. Residents can use any combination of City supplied cart(s), your own personal cart(s) of less than 64-gallons equipped with a manufacturer installed lift bar and wheels or bear-resistant containers less than 64-gallons and equipped with a manufacturer installed lift bar.

If you want to use your own garbage container, it must be 64-gallons or less and equipped with a manufacturer-installed lift bar and wheels compatible with a semi-automated collection system.

The City will continue to allow bear-resistant containers that meet Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) standards as well. Bear-resistant containers should be a fully enclosed residential refuse container with a reinforced lid that has a latch mechanism preventing bear access to the contents in accordance with Seminole County’s Urban Bear Management Ordinance. The ordinance requires that residents place trash containers out for collection after 5 a.m. on their scheduled collection day. After pick up, containers must be removed and secured as soon as possible, but no later than 7 p.m. There are two options for compliance.

  • Option #1—Use a Bear-Resistant Container: If you store your refuse outside on non-collection days and/or must put them out before 5 a.m. on your scheduled collection day, you ARE required to use a bear-resistant container.
  • Option #2—Keep Your Trash Containers Secure: If you are able to secure your garbage in a shed, garage or enclosed structure on non-collection days and do not place containers curbside before 5 a.m., you DO NOT need a bear-resistant container.

Note: Recyclable materials stored outside on non-collection days and/or placed out on your scheduled pick up day must be free of food residue and materials that could attract bears.

View the list of approved containers.

View ordinance information and the Seminole County Bear Management Boundary area.

If you decide to use another cart other than the City’s, the City will pick up the City-supplied cart from your residence. Please call (407) 571-8607 to schedule an appointment.

The City will continue to collect household refuse twice a week and recycling and yard waste once a week. All items must be placed inside carts with the lid closed for collection.
Carts must be placed curbside before 7 a.m. on collection day. Residents must remove containers no later than 7 p.m. on collection day. Carts must not obstruct drainage or walkways.