Hurricane Preparedness


Yard waste on right-of-way

As we enter another hurricane season, the City of Orlando Solid Waste Division wants to make sure you are equipped with the tips necessary to ensure your safety.


Before the Storm

Solid Waste will continue to collect garbage and recycling until it is no longer safe for our crews. After the event, make-up days will be scheduled and information will be shared via social media, the city webpage and local news outlets.

Do not stack yard waste on the curb.  If it has not been removed by crews prior to the storm than we recommend storing it against your home. Yard waste left at the curb can wash into storm drains and cause flooding.

If you have any questions leading up to storm, please do not hesitate to contact our customer service line at 407.246.2314 or

After the Storm

Illustration showing correct and incorrect examples of separating debris

If possible, bag and bundle your yard waste so it can be collected by our yard waste crews and claw trucks.

Different debris types should be organized into separate piles at the curb, not on streets or blocking sidewalks. It is very important that you separate vegetative debris (tree limbs and yard waste) from building materials like fencing and construction items. These materials are disposed of at different locations.

Waste Categories Items
Normal Household Trash  Normal household garbage. recyclables and bagged/bundled yard waste will be collected on your regular collection day. Find your garbage, recycling and yard waste collection days.
Household Hazardous Waste 
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Batteries
  • Lawn chemicals
  • Oils
  • Pesticides
  • Oil-based paints and stains
  • Pool chemicals
  • Varnishes
  • Solvents
Vegetative Debris
  • Logs
  • Plants
  • Tree branches
Electronic Waste
  • Computers Radios
  • Stereos
  • Televisions
  • Other devices
Construction and Demolition Debris 
  • Building materials
  • Gypsum wallboard
  • Floor/window coverings 
  • Carpet
  • Drywall
  • Lumber
  • Furniture
  • Mattresses
  • Plumbing
  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Tile
  • Fencing
Appliances and White Goods
  • Air conditioners
  • Dishwashers
  • Freezers
  • Refrigerators
  • Stoves
  • Washers and dryers
  • Water heaters
  • Heat pumps

Keep in mind:

  • Place all storm debris curbside. Debris placed between the sidewalk and your home will not be picked up. 
  • Do not stack or lean. Placing debris near or on trees, poles, mailboxes, fire hydrants, utility boxes or other structures makes removal difficult.
  • Unsure where to pace debris? If you don't have a sidewalk in front of your house, place storm debris at the edge of your property closest to the curb. Do not block the roadway or storm drains.

Debris Separation Guide


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why are different trucks picking up different items?
    • In the event of a big storm, the city may use debris removal contractors to assist with the clean-up efforts. These contractors work under a different set of guidelines, which requires them to collect and record certain materials.  Separating your items at the curb ensures that your material will be collected in a timely manner.
  • Who do I contact about damaged trees in the right-of-way?
    • If you are concerned about trees or brush that are blocking sidewalks or streets as a result of an event, notify the solid waste office at 407.246.2314 or