What is the Orange County environmental website?
What dates are garbage or recycling collected?
Click here for Orange County Utilities Department.
What about household hazardous waste such as pool chemicals, pesticides or household cleaning fluids?
Call 407 836 6601 and ask to speak with the environmental staff at the landfill.
Are there landscaping or lawn care classes?
Orange County Extension Education Center (University of Florida) has classes and workshops on anything from “Summer landscape pests” to “Fall lawn care”. If you want to know from the pros how to get better results in your yard, call 407 254 9200 for class info or register online at
What water district are we in? What about stormwater systems?
Click here for link to St John’s River Water Management District.
What about discharges into storm drains?
Do not discard any polluting material into a street, alley, or storm drain. This includes dumping of (excess) swimming pool water. Call the Orange County Environmental Protection Division at 407 836 1400, and give them the location, time, and any other observations you may have witnessed. Violations that are reported while they are in progress can often be corrected quickly and may results in little or no pollution entering a lake. As a gated community we are responsible for keeping our retention pond and lake clean.
What is the Federal Clean Water Act?
The Federal Clean Water Act was established in 1972 to protect our waterways. As a result, the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination (NPDES) was developed, and our nation’s waterways have shown an increase in quality. Please participate with us in this work by finding ways that you can help.
How can I help?
Plant and maintain vegetation on bare and sloped areas.
Route roof drainage to lawns, or collection barrels.
Preserve existing vegetation.
Start a compost pile for leaves and other yard waste. Leaves and grass clippings that are able to reach a lake through a storm drain will decrease the amount of oxygen in the water as they decompose. Released nutrients can cause excessive algal growth which may result in fish kill.
Invest in a mulching blade for your lawn mower.
If you have a lawn service, please have them comply with these guidelines.
Maintain septic tanks reularly.
Which pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers should I use?
More frequent and lower dose application of fertilizers will cause less pollution runoff. Use fertilizers with low levels of phosphorous (middle number on the package, example: 808).
Check with Orange County Cooperative Extension Office for your pest and weed problems. They may be able to suggest natural solutions. Their phone number is 407 254 9200. Free advice!
My property borders the lake, can I clear the area?
Homeowners can clear up to 50% of their lake frontage, to a maximum of 30 feet, for water access. Remaining areas should not be mown or cleared, creating a buffer of ten feet or more between water and lawn. This buffer zone will absorb some of the run off from the yard.
Do I need a permit for a boat ramp?
Where can I find the Florida-friendly landscaping ordinances as written in the Florida Statutes?
http://www.leg.state.fl.us/ and find XXVIII 373.185 under 2009 Florida Statutes, or go to the ARB page on this website where you will find a downloadable pdf file of the law.
What is Florida-friendly landscaping and how does this affect our neighborhood?
Go to www.floridayards.org and for more details IFAS/UFL