On Monday morning, the Orlando City Council heard a presentation on a solid waste pick up pilot program that reduces pickup of trash, recyclables, and bulk items to once a week. While the reports were mostly positive, commissioners reflected on the challenges faced by Orange County when expanding their 1-1-1 trash pick programs.
The 6 month program stretched across 7 neighborhoods with county officials using email resources to spread the news about the changes. Expansion of the program would include a phased in implementation throughout a period of 8 weeks across the city.
Waste officials have cited savings from reducing pick-ups from twice to once a week and an increased interest in recycling from residents. They added that expanding the program could forego a 4% increase of costs projected due to a cost of living increase for the service.
Last year Orange County implemented a county-wide 1-1-1 program simultaneously, which resulted in thousands of phone calls and emails with questions and complaints from residents. While those complaints have dropped, Orange County Commissioners are still tweaking the bulk-pick up program, which switched from once a week to a call in appointment basis, which has led to large items staying on curbs for long periods of time.
City of Orlando officials noted that the challenges faced in Orange, like new routes and equipment won’t be a factor in the possible expansion of the program and that the phasing in of the new schedule would also reduce problems.
The presentation was met with positive reviews from Commissioners.
“We’re doing it right and looking for innovative ways to serve our constituents the best we can.” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.