Yard Waste Collection Service Changes Due to COVID-19 Effective April 6th
[UPDATED April 20, 2020]
Yard Waste Service Temporary Change
Due to COVID-19 and reduced staff levels Yard Waste and Bulk Collections have been changed to Bi-weekly service effective April 6th
Bi-weekly Yard Waste & Bulk Schedule:
- Customers in the Monday/Tuesday service areas will be collected during the first and third weeks of the month: April 6, April 20, May 4, May 18
- Customers in the Thursday/Friday service areas will be collected during the second and fourth weeks of the month: April 13, April 27, May 11, May 25
The collection cycle will start on Mondays in the northwest area of the City on weeks one and three with crews working from north to south. The trucks will then start on Mondays in the northeast area of the City on weeks two and four with crews working from north to south.
Please leave your yard waste out for collection the entire week.
Yard Waste Collection can occur on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday of the identified week for your area.
LAKELAND, FL (April 2, 2020) | The City of Lakeland Solid Waste Division will make changes to yard waste services, effective April 6th due to the coronavirus outbreak. The division uses a great deal of temporary staff in the rear loader trucks as part of their collection services for alley routes, junk routes and yard waste routes. Yard waste routes will be reduced from once per week to every other week. The change in collection is necessary as an effort to reduce in-cab contact from three people down to two.
Yard Waste Schedule:
- Customers in the Monday/Tuesday service areas will be collected on the first and third weeks of the month
- Customers in the Thursday/Friday service areas will be collected on the second and fourth weeks of the month
The new collection cycle will start in the northwest area of the City on weeks one and three with crews working from north to south. The trucks will then start on the northeast area of the City on weeks two and four with crews working from north to south.
There will be no changes to the following solid waste services:
- Residential garbage and recycling collection
- Alley district garbage, recycling and yard waste (due to limited alley space)
- Commercial garbage and recycling collection
- Roll-off compactor/construction and demolition collection
City Manager Tony Delgado said, “We do apologize up front about any inconveniences the changes to garbage collection may have on the community. We feel the impacts are minimal and we look forward to business as usual once the virus is under control. The safety and well-being of the community is the City’s primary concern and we certainly appreciate the community working together to help deter the spread of COVID-19.”
The City of Lakeland encourages the public to follow the recommendations for social distancing and hygiene when participating in outdoor activities. The City of Lakeland has developed a dedicated webpage with a number of resources to help the community stay informed. You can find this site by visiting LakelandGov.net/COVID19.
The City of Lakeland was incorporated in January 1885 and has grown to become one of the largest inland communities in Florida. With a current population of over 100,000, Lakeland continues to grow. It has been designated a Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area by the US Census Bureau for over 30 years. With tourist attractions and gulf beaches only an hour away, Lakeland continues to capitalize on its ideal central Florida location along the I-4 corridor. The City owns and operates Lakeland Electric, the third-largest publicly owned utility in Florida and it was one of the first to offer power in the Sunshine State over 110 years ago.
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