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New residential waste hauler begins service April 1

Posted On: March 20, 2020

Last year, the County Council approved a contract for a new waste collection hauler to service the more than 45,000 households in unincorporated Volusia. FCC Environmental Services is set to begin household trash and recycling service on April 1.

Residents will see very little change in their service, which includes once-a-week garbage, bulk items, yard trash and recycling collection. Collection days are staying the same. Customers will continue to use their existing 95-gallon garbage containers and recycling bins. Containers and bins should be placed at the curbside by 6 a.m. on the pick-up day. Collections will be between 6 a.m.-8 p.m.

“Basically, residents will see a different color collection vehicle in the neighborhood providing waste collection services,” according to Volusia County Solid Waste Director Regina Montgomery. “FCC Environmental Services will be utilizing brand new white compressed natural gas (CNG) collection vehicles that benefit the environment through significant reduction in greenhouse gases and pollutant emissions.”

FCC, which was awarded a 7½-year contract last August by the County Council, is rolling out a couple of new features to its service. Currently, if the garbage container is full, residents are allowed to place one 32-gallon container of excess garbage at the curb next to the container for pickup. Beginning April 1, that will increase to a maximum of two personal containers of excess garbage per-week. And bulky items such as furniture, appliances, carpet and tires will be picked up on the regular garbage day with no advance scheduling required. Bulky items are limited to four items per-week.

Recyclables will continue to be picked up once a week. Accepted items will include newspaper, corrugated cardboard, cereal boxes without liners, drink and snack boxes, junk mail, aluminum and steel cans, glass bottles and plastic containers coded 1 or 2. Residents are asked to rinse containers thoroughly and flatten or fold large cardboard boxes to 2 feet X 2 feet. Boxes shouldn’t be bundled or tied. Plastic bags and Styrofoam aren’t included in the curbside recycling collection program.

Rules for yard waste are as follows:

•           Up to eight 32-gallon containers, or the equivalent – not to exceed four cubic yards – may be placed at the curb each week.

•           Palm fronds and limbs must be neatly stacked, but they don’t need to be bundled.

•           Limbs may not exceed 4 feet in length and 1 foot in diameter and must weigh less than 60 pounds.

Construction and demolition debris, household hazardous waste and other toxic materials aren’t accepted curbside. Anyone with questions may contact the Volusia County Solid Waste Division at 386-943-7889.

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