Solid Waste Collection Services

Garbage Collection
As collection service begins at 7:00 a.m., we recommend that you place all trash on curb the night prior to collection. If your curbside is at the front of your property, your collection will take place there. If you have an alley, collection will take place in your alleyway.

Your blue cart is collected twice per week and is for household garbage and compost material. Should you require additional carts, please contact the city of Tavares for assistance at 352-742-6400.

Please place your blue cart on the curb with the handle facing your home. In order for our drivers to ensure complete pickup of items, please refrain from placing your cart within 4 ft of other objects such as mailboxes, etc. Please note that additional household garbage or compost placed outside of the cart will be subject to additional charges ($5.00 per bag of excess garbage and $1.00 per bag of yard waste). 


Recycling, Bulk Items & Yard Waste
Your Recycling, bulk items, and tree limbs are collected once per week. For your convenience, the city offers 4 FREE bulk item pickups per fiscal year (Oct. 1 - Sep. 30). Bulk items, which include furniture, appliances, other metal, large cardboard, etc. are collected separately on Monday or Tuesday according to your address. We kindly ask that these items be placed away from your automated cart. Each pickup may be up to 2 cubic yards (6'x3'x3') per pickup. (Please note that excess will be collected at the rate of $5.25 per cubic yard). To ensure complete collection, we recommend placing your automated cart at one side of driveway and all other debris at other side of your driveway.

Your Tree limbs are collected separately on either Thursday or Friday according to your address. We recommend placing them in an area free of obstruction. For your safety, please refrain from placing tree limbs beneath a tree or low hanging wires, and avoid sprinklers and utility boxes. In order to avoid additional fees, please limit your tree limb debris to 2 cubic yards per week. Debris in excess of these amounts will incur a fee of $5.25 per cubic yard.

Aquatic foliage (up to 2 cubic yards per week) will also be collected. Debris in excess of these amounts will incur a fee of $8.75 per cubic yard.

Examples of items we are unable to collect at this time include, but are not limited to: car batteries, oil and paint, propane tanks, fluorescent light bulbs, deceased animals, chemicals and concrete. Disposal of these items is handled by the Lake County Landfill, 352-343-3776