Solid Waste Management

Urban Bear Management

Seminole County, in consultation with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has developed regulations intended to reduce human-bear conflicts within Seminole County. Trash is the most significant contributor to bear-human conflicts, so eliminating this bear attractant can keep humans and bears safe.

Click here to see if you live within an established Urban Bear Management Area

If you do, you must secure waste containers until 5:00 a.m. on the designated collection day. Secure your containers by:

  • Storing in a garage, shed, or other structure until collection time, and/or
  • Using a bear-resistant container (BRC). The use of BRCs is not required. Residents who wish to utilize a BRC may check their local home improvement store, or look online. Seminole County does not provide BRCs.
Bear with turned over trash can

To learn more, please click here, email, or call (407) 665-2260.