Orange County Government, Florida

Save Landfill Space

Tips to reduce and reuse waste

Why Recycle?

Orange County requires that all residential and commercial waste generators in Orange County recycle.

Using recycled materials instead of raw materials in the manufacturing process produces less pollution and requires less energy.

When you recycle, you help extend the life of the County’s landfill and preserve landfill space—which can reduce future disposal costs.

75% Recycling Goal

By the year 2020, Orange County is required by the state to recycle 75% of the waste that is generated, with a few milestones along the way:

  • 40% by December 31, 2012
  • 50% by December 31, 2014
  • 60% by December 31, 2016
  • 70% by December 31, 2018
  • 75% by December 31, 2020

How To Save
Landfill Space

Reduce
Quick ways to reduce the amount of waste you generate:

  • Use rechargeable batteries.
  • Replace plastic bags with canvas tote bags.
  • Avoid the use of disposable products when possible.
  • Pack lunches in reusable containers and use a refillable water bottle.
Reuse
  • Don’t throw away items that can be used by someone else. Have a yard sale or look for local charities and thrift shops that can put your old items to good use and may be able to offer tax deductions. Some charities may provide convenient pick-up services.
  • Check out Earth911 for recycling locations near you.
Recycle
  • Orange County offers curbside recycling for single-family residences in unincorporated Orange County. Please refer to the Residential Curbside Collection Program page for more information.
  • Orange County offers recycling drop-off at the Orange County Landfill and both county transfer stations. Use our drop-off containers to recycle your:
    • Newspapers and advertisements
    • Pasteboard (cereal and shoe boxes, and empty paper towel and toilet paper rolls)
    • Paper bags
    • Phone books
    • Flattened corrugated cardboard boxes
    • Magazines and catalogs
    • Junk mail
    • Office, writing, and note paper
    • Metal cans (tin, aluminum, and steel)
    • Glass bottles and jars
    • Juice and milk cartons
    • Empty aerosol cans
    • Plastic bottles and containers labeled #1 - #5
  • As we buy new electronics, we increase the opportunities to recycle them. Check with your local office supply or electronic specialty store to see what they offer. For more information about options Orange County provides to residents for electronics recycling, click here.
  • Recycle your car, truck, SUV, motorcycle, boat, RV, or motor home! Find out how at Wheels for Wishes.
  • Before you throw away your mattress, consider recycling it. Visit
    The Mustard Seed of Central Florida for more information.

Contact Us

Solid Waste Division
5901 Young Pine Road
Orlando, FL 32829

Email: Solid.Waste@ocfl.net
Solid Waste Hotline: (407) 836-6601

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