Waste Collection Upgrade

The City of Altamonte Springs is switching to a new semi-automatic waste collection system. We are shifting from complete manual pickup, which uses the strength of our employees to lift garbage cans, to a semi-automated service. This new system uses cart tippers, eliminating the need for heavy lifting. Our new trucks 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.  

What You Need to Know

  • The City is providing all residences with a free 64-gallon refuse cart (large garbage can with wheels) that work with the new system. These carts can hold up to five 13-gallon trash bags! There will be NO changes to the regular collection schedule.
  • City personnel will deliver carts in April and May 2021 with no delay in collection services. 
  • The new refuse carts come stamped with the City logo and a serial number assigned to each residence therefore residents do not need to be home for delivery.
  • If you do not need the larger cart, you can use an existing smaller container as long as it has a manufacturer installed lift bar and wheels. Call (407) 571-8607 to schedule pick up for the large City-provided cart.

Cart Guidelines

  • Carts cannot be used for yard waste or recycling to prevent mixing with refuse or household garbage. Mixed wastes are not collected.
  • A maximum of two carts/containers will be collected each collection day. Carts cannot exceed 64-gallons and must be equipped with wheels and a lift bar compatible with cart tippers.
  • 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.
  • The City will continue to collect bear-resistant containers that meet Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) standards. The Urban Bear Management Area requirements remain the same. For ordinance and boundary area information, visit www.BearAwareSeminole.com.

Read the FAQs to learn more.