Press Releases

Curbside Collection WILL NOT Occur on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2019

Orange County, Fla. – The Orange County Utilities Solid Waste Division reminds unincorporated Orange County residential customers that garbage, recycling, yard waste and large items will not be collected on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28, 2019.Cartoon turkey wearing a Pilgrim hat and a calendar with a reminder that there is no curbside collection on Thanksgiving Day.

If Thursday is a normal collection day, customers should set out their roll carts, yard waste and large items by 6 a.m. on Friday, November 29.

Mayor Demings’ Housing for All Task Force: Final Recommendations to be Announced

WHAT: Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings’ Housing for All Task Force final meeting will be Friday, November 15, 2019 at 2 p.m. at the Orange County Administration Center. The Task Force will provide its final recommendations, including an action plan with a draft report that will be discussed and approved by the Task Force. This will be the final step before going to the Board of County Commissioners for a vote of acceptance of the recommendations before the end of the year.

The 38-member Housing for All Task Force reflected Orange County’s tremendous diversity and talent, and included representatives from all six Orange County Commission Districts, leaders from non-profit organizations and major regional employers, local homebuilders, industry associations, community partners, and financial institutions.

Mayor Demings Kicks off Annual Toy Drive

Orange County, Fla. – To kick off the season of giving in the spirit of a community that works for everyone, Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings recently launched the 2019 Orange County Mayor’s Toy Drive at the Nov. 12, 2019 Board of County Commissioners meeting.

This is the ninth year of the Toy Drive, which serves local children in need (from infants to 18-years-old). Residents are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys to participating drop-off centers – no cash or gift cards are accepted. Donations will be accepted until Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019.

Orange County Utilities Hosts Community Collection of Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Waste in East Orange County

Orange County Utilities invites Orange County residents to a Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Waste* Community Collection Event on Saturday, November 16, 2019, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Orange County Service Center located at 12050 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando. Participants will have the opportunity to properly dispose of hazardous and electronic waste – free of charge.

The following items will be accepted:

Orange County Animal Services Hosts Eighth Annual Barktoberfest

Barktoberfest flyerOrange County, Fla. – Nov. 05, 2019 – Orange County Animal Services (OCAS) is pleased to announce the date for the eighth annual rescue appreciation event Barktoberfest. Join the festivities on Sunday, November 17, 2019 at Lake Eola from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. This free public event features local pet rescue organizations showcasing animals available for adoption, food trucks, local pet-related vendors and a fun-filled day for everyone in the family.

Barktoberfest is the shelter’s annual rescue appreciation event that serves to celebrate the partnership between OCAS and the rescue community. Animal Services is currently partnered with more than 100 rescue groups across the state that aid in the recovery and adoption of homeless animals. Many of these pets will be present at Barktoberfest and available for adoption through the individual rescue groups.

Orange County 2020 Charter Review Commission Public Hearing

Orange County, Fla. – Orange County 2020 Charter Review Commission Chair Camille Evans announces the fourth of six public hearings scheduled for Orange County citizens.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
Meadow Woods Recreation Center
1751 Rhode Island Woods Circle, Orlando, Florida 32824

REMINDER: One-Day-a-Week Watering Begins November 3, 2019

Water Your Lawn Only 1 Day a Week.Orange County, Fla. – When clocks change by one hour on November 3, 2019, Orange County residents should also remember to change irrigation timers to one day per week.

This schedule will remain in effect until Daylight Saving Time returns March 7, 2020. The time change corresponds with mandatory lawn and landscape irrigation restrictions that specify the watering days based an odd- or even-numbered addresses.

Orange County Receives Federal Funding to Measure Outdoor Air Quality

Orange County, Fla.Orange County’s Environmental Protection Division was recently awarded a federal grant to add an outdoor air quality monitoring station in order to measure air quality impacts from vehicle traffic. Due to population growth, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is funding a fourth air quality monitoring station to be installed near an Orange County roadway to monitor peak nitrogen dioxide levels.  Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) is a typical pollutant emitted from gas-powered vehicles.

For this project, Orange County has already received $50,000 in federal grant funding from the EPA.  An additional $150,000 from the grant will cover the purchase of monitoring equipment and installation of a small protective building on the site. The grant does not require the County to use any matching funds.  The EPA and Orange County Environmental Protection Division’s goal is to have a new monitoring site location selected by mid-2020, and for it to become operational in 2021.