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.

Spring Day Solid Waste Collection Schedule

The collection schedule for City of Tampa customers with regularly scheduled collection day on Friday, April 3, 2015 will be affected by the Spring Day holiday. The modified holiday collection schedule is as follows:

  • Residential: There will be no garbage, yard waste, or recycling collection on Friday, April 3, 2015. Garbage collection will resume on the next scheduled service day, which is Tuesday, April  7, 2015, and recycling and yard waste collection will resume on Friday, April 10, 2015.
  • Commercial: Commercial accounts scheduled for service on Friday, April 3, 2015 will be serviced on Saturday, April 4, 2015. Normal collection schedules will resume Monday, April 6, 2015.
  • McKay Bay Transfer Station and Scale House will be closed on Spring Day, and the normal schedule will resume on Saturday, April 4, 2015.

For residents with questions or concerns, please contact the City of Tampa Utility Services Call Center at (813) 348-1111.

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


Household Chemical & Electronics Collection

The 2015 City of Tampa Household Chemical & Electronics Collection event will be held on Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

New Location!

Tampa Fire Rescue Training Center, 
116 S. 34th Street Tampa FL 33605

The annual Household Chemical and Electronics collection event provides residential customers with a safe and responsible method for disposing of unwanted chemicals and electronics. 

Materials accepted at the Household Chemical Collection event include:
  • Paints and solvents
  • Used motor oil
  • Automotive products
  • Pool chemicals
  • Mercury containing devices, such as fluorescent light bulbs & thermometers
  • Lawn, garden and household chemicals
  • Electronics, including computer monitors, printers, CPU's, keyboards, and televisions
  • No Explosives, radioactive or bio-medical wastes are accepted.
Please note, the Household Chemical & Electronic event is for the disposals of "Household" items only. Electronic and chemical items generated by Commercial establishments are not accepted at this event.
Household chemicals drop-off location map

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.

Questions or Concerns?

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