Spring has sprung: Keep these yard and trash disposal tips in mind

In unincorporated areas of the Osceola County, yard waste is collected every Wednesday. This includes grass clippings and tree branches.

As Central Florida’s seasonal spate of spring and summer rain approaches, many residents are in the midst of yard projects – planting, weeding, laying new sod and putting down mulch or gravel.

In addition to routine mowing and weeding, these springtime tasks can result in an uptick in yard waste at curbside.

Anyone thinking of shopping for new trash or yard-waste containers, keep in mind that 45-gallon containers are the maximum size allowed in unincorporated Osceola County for household yard waste.

Residents should invest wisely in new containers, as later this fall the county’s service contractor will provide new recycling and household waste containers as part of a new curbside service program, according to a county press release.

In unincorporated areas of the Osceola County, yard waste is collected every Wednesday. This includes grass clippings, tree branches, palm fronds, etc. Yard trash can be handled with up to 10 individual bags, bundles and individual items.

Officials suggest placing leaves, pine needles and yard clippings in bags/bundles/containers. Branches should be cut to 4-foot lengths, no wider than 4 inches in diameter and not over 50 pounds.

Residents should remember that yard trash could end up in the stormwater system – which is not good for our environment or for efficient operation of these systems.

Remember to:

• Keep leaves and other organic matter out of the street. When mowing the grass, avoid blowing grass clippings into the street or roadside gutters, where they wash into stormwater systems.

• Do not leave wrapped newspapers on the driveway or lawn.

• Secure trash can lids so they cannot be blown into the street.

This also is the time of the year when the mosquito population can boom. Mosquitoes around the home can be reduced significantly by minimizing the amount of standing water available for mosquito breeding.

Residents are urged to reduce standing water around the home in a variety of ways, including disposing of any containers that can hold water.

Remember to empty standing water (including in birdbaths) and to turn over plastic wading pools when not in use.

For more information about curbside service in unincorporated areas of the county, residents can call 407-742-7750.

Or go to www.osceola.org/agencies-departments/public-works/solid-waste/curbside-collection-services/.