All City of Tampa residents with curbside garbage service also have weekly curbside recycling service. All residents
receive a 14 gallon blue bin with a brochure. With curbside
recycling you can now recycle paper, glass, aluminum cans and
plastic bottles in your blue bin with just a short trip to the
curb. A paper grocery bag can be used for extra newspapers
(please do not put plastic bags in your blue box - they
may be taken to your local grocery store for recycling).
Recycling is collected once a week on your assigned recycling
day (the day is printed in the brochure that came with your
box). A separate truck will come by to collect the recyclables.
The recycling truck collects recyclables between 6:00am and 5pm.
Curbside Recycling Guidelines Brochure
- It's good for the environment; recycling conserves energy
- It saves the earth and resources for future generations
- It is the right thing to do!
- It's easy to participate
What can be recycled curbside in the blue recycling bin?
- Phone Books
- Paperback books
- Junk mail
- Cereal boxes
- 6-Pack soda boxes
- Office paper
- Newspapers & inserts
- Plastic containers # 1-7
- Aluminum and steel cans
(including empty aerosol cans)
- Gable-top beverage
containers (juice & milk containers)
- Glass bottles & jars
- Please remove caps and lids and place in box separately
- Please place all paper in a brown paper
- Please remove the vellum windows from
- No need to remove labels
- Please rinse all containers before
placing them in your bins
Cardboard must be flattened and cut
down to fit in your blue bin (maximum of 11" X 17"). If you
have large quantities of cardboard, you may take it to the McKay Bay Refuse-To-Energy Facility at
107 N. 34th St.
for free drop off.
What can't be recycled at this time?
Here are a few tips of what to leave out of your curbside
Used motor oil and motor oil containers (please place the
containers in the garbage); To find a location for recycling
used motor oil, call the Florida Department of Environmental
Protection at 1-800-741-4337.
Paint (open up
cans to let paint dry or use newspaper to soak up
any remaining paint), fluorescent bulbs, pool chemicals, mercury
thermometers, chemicals, household cleaners, televisions,
computer equipment - take to one of the City's biannual
Chemical & Electronics Collections (call 813-348-6515
for more information), or to a Hillsborough County
household chemical collection center. Contact the Hillsborough
County Department of Solid Waste at 813-272-5680 for dates, times
and nickel cadmium batteries from cell phones etc should be
taken to a participating store such as Radio Shack, Target, Home
Depot etc., or to a Household Chemical Collection event.
Plastic bags* (these should go back to the grocery store for
recycling - make sure to remove paper receipts from the bags
before recycling them as paper can contaminate the final
recycled plastic bags resulting in weakness and easy
(some supermarkets offer recycling)
- Pizza boxes
or any other type of waxed paper box
quantities of corrugated cardboard (larger than 11" X 17"
which is the maximum size for cardboard collected curbside
in your blue bin). Residents can drop off cardboard free the
McKay Bay Refuse to Energy facility. If you
have a very large quantity, call a local paper recycler.
Frequently Asked Recycling
Need a new blue box? Request a new one.
Missed Blue Box pickup? Let us know.
Recycle your old
blue bins: Leave your cracked, broken blue bins curbside on
your pick up day for collection (please leave a note on the bin stating that
you would like it replaced). The old bins will be taken to the processing
facility and recycled.