While the reasons for recycling are many (recycling can save you, and others, in the cost of providing trash collection service), consider that for every ton of garbage disposed of in the County landfill, it costs the City approximately $36. The City of Lakeland spends approximately $2.9 million in disposal fees annually to landfill the waste collected citywide. With mixed recycling by Lakeland residents, trash generation volumes have reduced significantly.
If you prefer to return the cart to the City of Lakeland, we will accommodate such request. However, the monthly service fee will remain on your bill.