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Summer is Here: Keep These Yard and Trash Disposal Tips in Mind

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Released By Osceola County Public Information Office

While Osceola County residents brace for summer heat, don’t get burned by purchasing the wrong container for your curbside pickup of trash, recycling or yard waste.

If you are thinking of shopping for new trash or yard-waste containers, keep in mind that 45-gallon containers are the maximum size allowed in unincorporated Osceola County for household yard waste. And beginning in October, residents will be provided with new carts for recycling and trash – the County’s previous vendor offered only recycling carts.

At the end of May, postcards went out to residents of unincorporated Osceola County to guide them through the process of selecting their new waste and recycle carts from three different sizes: 96 gallons, 65 gallons and 35 gallons. Each postcard contains a link to a website containing information about the new curbside pickup program, which will begin October 1. Residents may also make their selection by return mail.

In unincorporated areas of the county yard waste is collected every Wednesday. The maximum container size will remain 45 gallons. Yard waste includes grass clippings, tree branches, palm fronds, etc. Yard trash can be handled with up to 10 individual bags, bundles and individual items.

Officials suggest placing leaves, pine needles and yard clippings in bags/bundles/containers. Branches should be cut to four-foot lengths, no wider than four-inches in diameter and not over 50 pounds.

Uncollected trash – from litter to yard waste – can end up in the storm-water system. This is very detrimental to our environment, and not an efficient operation of these systems.

For more information about curbside service in unincorporated areas of the County, residents can call 407-742-7750.

This also is the time of the year when the mosquito population can boom. Mosquitoes around the home can be reduced significantly by minimizing the amount of standing water available for mosquito breeding. Residents are urged to reduce standing water around the home in a variety of ways, including disposing of any containers that can hold water. Remember to empty standing water (including in birdbaths) and to turn over plastic wading pools when not in use.

For more information about mosquito control in unincorporated areas of the County, residents can call 407-742-0505.