Department Of Solid Waste

Department Of Solid Waste

Department of Solid Waste

Public Works

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 energy.

Memorial Day Solid Waste Collection Schedule

The collection schedule for City of Tampa customers with regularly scheduled collection day on Monday, May 25, 2015 will be affected by the Memorial Day holiday. The modified holiday collection schedule is as follows:

  • Residential: There will be no garbage, yard-waste recycling, or blue-box/green cart recycling collection on Monday, May 25, 2015. Garbage collection will resume on the next scheduled service day, which is Thursday, May 28, 2015, and blue box/green cart recycling and yard waste collection will resume on Monday, June 1, 2015.

  • Commercial: Commercial accounts scheduled for service on Monday, May 25, 2015 will be serviced on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Collection will run one day behind for the remainder of the week. Normal collection schedules will resume Monday, June 1, 2015.

  • McKay Bay Transfer Station and Scale House will be closed on Memorial Day, and the normal schedule will resume on Tuesday, May 26, 2015.

 For questions or concerns, please contact the City of Tampa Utilities Consolidated Call Center at (813) 274-8811, or visit the website at

Please be reminded that make-up collection service occurs after Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays.

NOTE: New Tampa residents are encouraged to contact Hillsborough County Solid Waste Management at (813) 272-5680 for their holiday collection schedule.

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. More...

City 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. More...

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.

Solid Waste Rates

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.

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