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The City of Apopka was one of ten municipalities recently awarded a grant, from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the City has received $85,000 towards the purchase of bear resistant garbage carts. The City has recently passed an ordinance requiring residents that live within the bear management area to keep their garbage cans in a location that is inaccessible to bears until no earlier than 5 a.m. on their pickup day. However, if the resident uses a bear resistant cart provided by the city, they are not subject to these restrictions. City of Apopka residents may request a bear container for an additional fee which can be quite expensive, however this grant will allow residents that live in the City of Apopka Bear Management area to request a container for a fee of only $50 ($25 if 10 neighbors in a row request one). Supplies at these reduced fees are limited and will be awarded while supplies last with priority going to residents who live within the bear management area and preference given to homeowner groups that request the carts. The City retains ownership of the containers and will maintain the carts once the warranty expires.
Please visit find my address to determine if you reside in the Apopka Bear Management area or if you are interested in getting a bear resistant cart, please contact Public Services at 407-703-1731.