The contract for Orange County’s trash collection is nearing it’s end in 2025, and the county is already working on the process for new contracts starting in 2026.
In a presentation to the Board of County Commissioners, Manager of the Solid Waste Division, David Gregory, presented information about the current state of the industry and how the department will be facilitating the procurement process. In 2026, a new zone will be added to re-balance zone sizes and consideration for future growth.
Services provided will largely remain the same, with once a week collection of trash and recycling bins, once a week bulk trash pickup, and once a week yard waste pickup. Contractors will continue to be required to de-bag yard waste at the curb during collection to ensure a clean product can be used for composting. Additionally, the County seeks to shift the responsibility of the bins to each vendor to ensure accountability for damage to the bins.
Additional options will be available to vendors to propose on, such as twice a week service, which could help improve service and recycling rates, as one of the largest issues is residents using their recycling cart as a second garbage cart. The county continues to face high contamination rates in recycling, which further increases costs. Contamination occurs when items are bagged or when items not accepted through curbside recycling are placed in the blue recycling bin.
The department will be conducting a Request For Proposal (RFP) instead of bids from vendors. This process will allow each vendor to showcase the overall value to their services, such as number of trucks, services, and technology, instead of the county having to select the lowest bid.
During questioning from Commissioners, almost all Commissioners were interested in holding both residents and contractors more responsible for cost and contamination. A comparison was brought up to water services, in which residents who consume more water pay a higher bill, and that residents should be incentivized to create less trash and recycling properly. This information will be brought up with vendors to discuss during the RFP process.
Rate increases from other Florida counties presented range from 39% to 590%. The current rate by total bill for each Orange County household is $290 a year, with $161.94 allocated for the collection contract, and the collection contract could increase to between $242 to $404 annually per household.
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