Department of Solid Waste
The Department of Solid Waste & Environmental Program Management provides environmentally safe, time
responsive, and cost effective collection, disposal and recycling
services for over 79,000 residential and commercial customers. The
department also oversees the city's Environmental Programs.
Approximately 360,000 tons of solid waste are processed annually at the
McKay Bay Refuse-to-Energy Facility where it is converted to electrical
"Be Smart, Use Your Cart" Automated Residential Recycling Program
The citywide response from
residents to the Be Smart, Use Your Cart automated residential recycling program
has been overwhelmingly positive. Recycling participation in areas that have
received their green 96-gallon recycling carts has more than doubled. This means
that Tampa residents are recycling more than ever!
Because demand for recycling carts
has been much higher than anticipated, cart distribution will be slightly
delayed for some residents. All affected residents will be notified via mail and
will receive a recycling cart once the next order of carts arrives.
Thank you for your cooperation. If
you have any questions, please contact the City of Tampa Utilities Consolidated
Call Center at (813) 274-8811, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mayor Buckhorn Rolls Out First of Compressed Natural Gas Fleet
Mayor Bob Buckhorn rolls out the
first of the city's new compressed natural gas (CNG) solid waste vehicles on
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Tampa International Airport's CNG
station. The station is located at 4750 West South Avenue.
of Tampa Introduces Automated Recycling
In February 2013, the Department of
Solid Waste & Environmental Program Management launched a new way to recycle. Be
Smart, Use Your Cart is an exciting, new automated recycling program for City of
Tampa residents. Over an 18-month period, the 14-gallon blue bins currently used
to store recyclables at the curb will replaced with a 96-gallon green recycling
cart, complete with technology that will make them easier to track.
Payment Options at McKay
Bay Scale House
The City of Tampa Department of Solid Waste & Environmental Program Management
has expanded the payment options at the McKay Bay Scale House.
Commercial Hauler Franchise Fees
Beginning July 1, 2012 the City of
Tampa Department of Solid Waste & Environmental Program Management established a
new ordinance that differentiates payment requirements for fees paid by
commercial solid waste haulers, from the fees paid by self-hauling businesses
that conduct solid waste collection and/or disposal services within the City of
Tampa service area.
In a letter mailed to Tampa residents during the months of December 2011 and
January 2012 the City of Tampa Department of Solid Waste & Environmental Program
Management laid out its proposal for a recommended, Residential & Commercial,
rate increase over the next 4-years.