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City of Lake Wales, Florida Trash & Garbage Collection
Rules & Other Information

City of Lakes Wales Ordinance 96-08 established rules for accumulation, collection and disposal of solid waste. Some of these rules are provided below for your information in preparing garbage, trash and yard waste for collection. A complete copy of Ordinance 96-08 may be obtained from the City Clerk's Office in City Hall.

GARBAGE AND TRASH shall be accumulated for collection and disposal in containers or bundles as follows:

All residents of single-family homes, apartments in buildings with less than 4 dwelling units, or mobile homes shall place garbage and trash in cans, bags or bundles. No single item shall exceed 50 pounds. Containers and bundles must be placed at the curbside in front of the premises unless arrangements have been made with Florida Refuse for back-door pick up. If the residence is located on a public alley, containers and bundles may be placed at a point easily accessible from the alley. Garbage and trash shall be collected twice weekly. Cans must be removed from the curbside or alley promptlyafter emptying by Florida Refuse.

Multi-family dwelling units, mobile home parks, commercial, industrial, institutional or other non-residential establishments may use the following containers for garbage and trash:

  1. Cans, bags or bundles provided that no single item exceeds 50 pounds and the total pick up does not exceed 2 cubic yards in volume. Garbage and trash shall be collected at least twice weekly. Customers will follow rules above for residential collection.
  2. Dumpsters. Size of dumpster and frequency of collection will be sufficient to accommodate the volume of garbage and trash accumulated and to protect the public health.

Containers must be kept tightly covered or closed at all times and in such a manner as to protect the contents from wind, weather, flies, insects, rodents and other animals. The area surrounding the container must be maintained free of garbage, trash and other litter at all times. Containers shall not be used to accumulate liquids. All garbage, cans and bottles must be drained of all liquid before being placed in the container.

YARD WASTE shall not be mixed with garbage or trash and must be placed in a separate can, bag, bundle or dumpster. Tree limbs, palm fronds, etc., must be cut and bundled. Grass cuttings, weeds, leaves, and other yard materials must be placed in containers, bags, or bundles. No single item shall exceed 50 pounds in weight, and the total pick up shall not exceed 2 cubic yards in volume. Yard waste shall be collected once a week from the curbside in front of the premises or at a point easily accessible from a public alley. On a street without a grassy area near the curbside, the customer must place the yard waste adjacent to the driveway but not farther than 10 feet from the street. Yard waste shall not be placed in the street.

BULK WASTE shall be placed at the curbside or beside the service alley in a location accessible to the collector vehicle. All lids or doors must be securely sealed or removed. Bulk waste items will be removed at no additional charge after the customer has made arrangements for a special pick up. Items will be scheduled for Wednesday pick-up by appliance trucks.

BULK YARD WASTE shall be collected after the customer has made arrangements for a special pick up and for payment of charges associated with collection and disposal of the special pick up.

OTHER SPECIAL SERVICES. Construction debris, roofing, concrete, tires, auto parts, engines, tree trunks and other items not included above or not included in the definition of hazardous, industrial or infectious waste shall be picked up at an extra charge. All charges must be mutually agreed upon by Florida Refuse and the customer prior to the pick up.

HAZARDOUS WASTE. Florida Refuse is not obligated to collect waste, in any amount, which is defined, characterized, or designated as hazardous or infectious by the United States Environmental Protection Agency or appropriate state agency by or pursuant to federal or state law, or waste, in any amount, which is regulated under federal or state law.

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