Central Florida law enforcement offering to recycle Christmas gift boxes to thwart thieves

ORLANDO, Fla. — To reduce post-holiday burglaries, some law enforcement agencies across Central Florida are teaming up with garbage and recycling companies to help keep the Grinches away.


In Orange County, “Operation Burglar Box” is available at several locations across the county for residents to discard those

large empty boxes.

In Winter Park, residents can drop off any cardboard boxes in a dumpster located at the police department at Swoope and Virginia, right next to the police department from now until Jan 3.

See map of location below:

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In Oviedo, residents can recycle cardboard boxes at one of two dumpsters located behind city hall as part of its annual ‘Recycle for the Claus’ effort.

Officials remind residents the dumpsters are for cardboard only and are open to the public 24 hours a day,  seven days a week now through Jan 9.

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In Flagler County the Flagler Beach Police Department, Bunnell Police, and Flagler County  Sheriff’s  Office has partnered with Waste Pro to provide dumpsters for residents to dispose of their holiday boxes.

Residents can dispose of cardboard at one of three locations:

Flagler County: 14 Palm Harbor Village Way West, Palm Coast, 32127

Flagler Beach: 204 South Flagler Ave., Flagler Beach, 32136

Bunnell: 200 South Church St., Bunnell, 32110

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Matt Reeser

Matt Reeser, WFTV.com

Matt Reeser joined WFTV in 1998 as a news photographer and has worked for television stations in Kentucky and West Virginia.