- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—Orange County will cut curbside garbage collection to once a week beginning Jan. 1.

Residents in unincorporated Orange County also will no longer be permitted to use their own trash cans but will be required to put garbage in a 95-gallon roll cart, which the county will distribute to 205,000 households later this year.

Under the waste-hauling plan adopted today by commissioners, residents in unincorporated Orange County will receive two 95-gallon carts — one with a green lid for garbage and the other featuring a blue lid for recyclables such as aluminum cans, cardboard, glass bottles, plastic milk cartons and paper products.

The county expects to save money on the new service and hopes recycling increases.

“I think we’re probably going to hear from folks because change is always difficult,” Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs said.

“I expect that people are going to have questions and concerns about it. [But] I do think that they’re going to adapt pretty quickly — that’s what we’ve seen in other communities.”

The new service relies on trucks with an automated arm instead of garbage men jogging driveway to driveway to lift and dump trash cans.

The plan is known as 1-1-1, which stands for once-a-week curbside trash collection, once-a-week recycling pickup and once-a-week yard waste.

“Everything collected has to fit inside the containers,” said Jim Becker, manager of the county’s solid waste division.

Residents discarding a couch or other large item would be required to call the county to schedule a special pickup.

Orange County joins Lake, Osceola and Volusia counties and the cities of Clermont, Eustis, Kissimmee, Lake Mary and Oviedo, all of which have switched recently from twice-weekly curbside pickup to single-day service.

Seminole County still provides its residents with twice-a-week curbside pickup.

“Many communities that have implemented this have seen up to a 40-percent increase in recycling material collected,” Becker said.

Commissioner Victoria Siplin, who cast the lone vote against the change, said she discussed the new plan at a recent neighborhood meeting.

“People were very upset,” she recalled.

Siplin said citizens in large households worried that garbage would pile up and older citizens worried about dragging a large trash cart to the street.

The new waste-hauling contract also requires sanitation companies to use a fleet of vehicles fueled by compressed natural gas.

The county’s new garbage contracts, also approved today, require waste-haulers to use a fleet of vehicles fueled by compressed natural gas, which provides an additional environmental benefit because CNG is a cleaner burning fuel, said John Martinez, chairman of the county’s Sustainability Advisory Board.

Under the new plan, garbage will be picked up on all but two holidays — Thanksgiving Day and Christmas. On those holidays, garbage will be picked up the day after.

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