Do I need to bundle my yard waste?
Yard waste needs to be placed in a separate container or tied in bundles that are less than six (6) feet in length and less than 50 lbs per container or bundle. Only 2 cubic yards per resident will be picked up on a scheduled day. Do not put any yard or bulk waste in your blue or green carts.
How much yard or bulk waste will be picked up on my scheduled day?
Two (2) cubic yards will be picked up on a scheduled day. If you have more than two (2) cubic yards of yard or bulk waste to be picked up please contact Waste Connections and schedule a special pickup. Additional fees may apply.
Why are Highlands County and Waste Connections using the blue and green carts?
Automated waste collection service provides: added convenience for residents, minimizes litter on local streets and reduces safety risks posed to both our employees and residents by distracted drivers near the waste collection process.
Can I throw garbage directly into the garbage cart or does it need to be in a bag?
All household garbage must be placed in a secured bag to reduce litter and odors. Broken glass, ceramics or other sharp objects must be securely wrapped and contained in small amounts of newspaper or thick wrapping materials such as bubble wrap or cardboard.
How do the carts make for a cleaner neighborhood?
The carts virtually eliminate street litter after pickups. Plus the container's tight lid keeps rodents and pests out of the garbage.
Can I put anything outside of my cart?
No, all trash must be placed inside the cart. Your bulk waste and yard waste may still be placed directly at the curb for collections.
What if the cart or a portion of it breaks? Will I have to pay for the repair or a new one?
Waste Connections will provide a warranty for the carts throughout the length of the collection contract for damage it causes. If the damage is done by the resident, the resident will be responsible.
I didn't ask for a cart - do I have to use it?
Yes. The cart is being provided free of charge. The County and Waste Connections requires that all residents who have received a cart use it to improve collection efficiency and keep our drivers safe. The County requires the exclusive use of the cart.
Will anyone be able to put out their garbage without using the 95 gallon carts?
No, you must use the carts. If a person with special needs (physical limitations) has difficulty handling a 95-gallon cart, we would ask those persons to contact Waste Connections at (863) 655-0005 or Highlands County at (863) 402-7786.
Can I put my recycling and garbage together in the blue cart?
No, garbage goes in the blue cart only and recycling goes in the green cart.
Where can I recycle glass?
Highlands County does not currently have a recycling program for glass. Glass should be disposed of in your blue garbage bin. However, if someone does want to recycle glass there is one (1) Recycling container located at the Arbuckle Creek Landfill at 12700 Arbuckle Creek Road where glass can be deposited.
Should I put my recycling in bags before placing in the green cart?
No, all items should be placed loose in the container, do not put items in plastic grocery bags or garbage bags.
What is considered bulk waste?
Bulk waste is any item that is too large to fit in the provided cart. This does not apply to extra garbage bags. There is a 2 cubic yard maximum. For pickup of larger bulk items (refrigerators, couches), call 863-655-0005 (Waste Connections).
What is considered yard waste?
Yard waste means decomposable waste materials generated by yard and lawn care and includes leaves, grass trimmings, brush, wood chips, and shrub and tree trimmings. Yard waste shall not include roots or stumps that exceed six inches in diameter. There is a 2 cubic yard maximum.