Solid Waste Collection Services

Garbage Collection Routes My Public Services

Garbage Collection Solid Waste Holiday Pick Up Schedule (PDF)

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 call 352.742.6221 for all other solid waste questions.)

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 4ft 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. 

Changes to Collection Days

The following communities will have changes to their Collection Days effective the week of March 3, 2019.

Royal Harbor:

Garbage pick-up days for your "BLUE" cart will be Tuesday and Friday.

Recycle pick-up day for your "GREEN" cart will be Friday.

Bulk Waste will be picked up on Tuesday.

Yard Waste will be picked up on Friday.

Imperial Terrace East:

Yard Waste will be picked up on Thursday.

There will be no changes to your Household or Recycling pick-up.

Dora Canal Court

L & M MHP

Lake Dora MHP

Les Chateau Villas MHP

Tiki Village MHP

Tranquil Court

Tween Waters MHP

Garbage pick-up day for your "BLUE" cart will be Tuesday.

Bulk Waste will be picked up on Tuesday.

Yard Waste will be picked up on Friday.

There will be no changes to your Recycling pick-up.

Recycling Information

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE MOBILE UNIT SCHEDULE, SOLID WASTE COLLECTION DAYS AND ROUTES RESIDENTIAL RECYCLING

The City of Tavares has received the following notice from Waste Management, our recycling service provider: 

At Waste Management, we are committed to putting people first. The health and safety of our employees, customers and communities is our highest priority.

Based on the latest information from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The Public Health Agency of Canada and Federal, state and local agencies, Waste Management is taking necessary steps in response to social distancing recommendations, potential mitigation activity and declared local states of emergency.

Effective March 18, 2020, we are temporarily closing Residential (recycling) Call Centers to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

However, Electronic Customer Communications are still available through email flswcs@wm.com and Live Chat at www.wm.com

We are actively coordinating remote operations to serve our (recycling) customers during this situation with the goal of resuming residential (recycling) call handling as soon as possible.

At this time, there is no impact to your scheduled residential (recycling) collection service.

For the most up-to-date service information, please encourage residents to visit www.wm.com/alerts.

The COVID-19 situation is evolving daily. As circumstances change that may impact our ability to provide (recycling) services as scheduled, we will provide updates to our customers and communities.

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, 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 subject to additional charges). To ensure complete collection, we recommend placing your automated cart at one side of your driveway and all other debris at the 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 be subject to additional charges.

Aquatic foliage (up to 2 cubic yards per week) will also be collected. Debris in excess of these amounts will be subject to additional charges.

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

CITY OF TAVARES SOLID WASTE HOLIDAY SCHEDULE BEGINNING CALENDAR YEAR 2021

Solid Waste Holiday Pick Up Schedule (PDF)

Please Note: Due to Christmas Day and New Year’s Day falling on Saturdays for 2021, City offices will observe these holidays on the Thursday before.

  • New Year’s Day, Friday, January 1, 2021
    • No pick up of garbage or brush. Next pickups: Garbage Tues. 1/5/21; Brush Fri. 1/8/21
    • Friday’s recycling will be picked up on Saturday, 1/2/21.
  • Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 18, 2021
    • No pickup of garbage or bulk.  Next pickups: Garbage Thurs. 1/21/21; Bulk Mon. 1/25/21
    • Monday’s recycling will be picked up as scheduled.
  • Presidents Day, Monday, February 15, 2021
    • No pickup of garbage or bulk on Monday. Next pickups: Garbage Thurs. 2/18/21; Bulk Mon. 2/22/21
  • Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, 2021
    • No pickup of garbage or bulk.  Next pickups: Garbage Thurs. 6/3/21; Bulk Mon. 6/7/21
    • Monday’s recycling will be picked up on Tuesday, 6/1/21.
  • Independence Day, Monday, July 5, 2021
    • No garbage or bulk.  Next pickups: Garbage Thurs. 7/8/21; Bulk Mon. 7/12/21
    • Monday’s recycling will be picked up as scheduled.
  • Labor Day, Monday, September 6, 2021
    • No pickup of garbage or bulk.  Next pickups:  Garbage Thurs. 9/9/21; Bulk Mon. 9/13/21
    • Monday’s recycling will be picked up on Tuesday, 9/7/21.
  • Veterans’ Day, Thursday, November 11, 2021
    • No pickup of garbage or brush.  Next pickups: Garbage Mon. 11/15/21; Brush Thurs. 11/18/21
    • Thursday’s recycling will be picked up as scheduled.
  • Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 25, 2021
    • No pickup of garbage or brush.  Next pickups:  Garbage Mon. 11/29/21; Brush Thurs. 12/2/21
    • Thursday’s recycling will be picked up on Friday, 11/26/21.
  • Day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 26, 2021
    • No pickup of garbage or brush.  Next pickups: Garbage Tues. 11/30/21; Brush Fri. 12/3/21
    • Friday’s recycling will be picked up as scheduled.
  • Day Before Christmas Eve (City Observed Holiday), Thursday, December 23, 2021
    • No pick up of garbage or brush. Next pickups: Garbage Mon. 12/27/21; Brush Thurs. 1/6/22
    • Thursday’s recycling will be picked up as scheduled.
  • Christmas Eve, Friday, December 24, 2021
    • No pickup of garbage or brush.  Next pickups: Garbage Tues. 12/28/21; Brush Fri. 1/7/22
    • Friday’s recycling will be picked up as scheduled.
  • Day Before New Year’s Eve (City Observed Holiday), Thursday, December 30, 2021
    • No pickup of garbage or brush. Next pickups: Garbage Mon. 1/3/22; Brush Thurs. 1/6/22
    • Thursday’s recycling will be picked up as scheduled.
  • New Year’s Eve, Friday, December 31,2021
    • No pickup of garbage or brush.  Next pickups: Garbage Tues. 1/4/22; Brush Fri. 1/7/22
    • Friday’s recycling will be picked up as scheduled.