Waste Collection

The City of Altamonte Springs uses a new semi-automatic waste collection system. We have shifted from complete manual pickup, which uses the strength of our employees to lift garbage cans, to a semi-automated service. The system uses cart tippers, eliminating the need for heavy lifting. Our 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 provides all solid waste customers with free 64-gallon refuse carts (large garbage can with wheels) that work with the system. These carts can hold up to five 13-gallon trash bags.
  • The refuse carts are stamped with the City logo and a serial number assigned to each residence.
  • 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.

Trash Collection 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. For more information about the Urban Bear Management Area requirements, please visit Seminole County's urban bear management information page.

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