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City of Tampa Solid Waste Department Revises Collection Schedule for Thanksgiving Holiday

Tampa, Fla. (October 27, 2015) – City of Tampa offices will be closed for Thanksgiving. As a result, customers scheduled for collection service or needing access to the McKay Bay Transfer Station on Thursday, November 26, 2015 will be affected. The revised holiday collection schedule is as follows:
  • Residential & Commercial accounts: There will be no collection on Thursday, November 26, 2015. A make-up collection for customers with service normally scheduled for Thursday will occur one day later on Friday, November 27, 2015. Collection for customers with service normally scheduled for Friday will take place one day later on Saturday, November 28, 2015. Normal service schedules will resume on Monday, November 30, 2015.
  • McKay Bay Transfer Station and Scale House will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26, 2015 and will reopen on Friday, November 27, 2015.
For additional questions or concerns, please call the City of Tampa Utilities Consolidated Call Center at (813) 274-8811, or visit the website at There will be two more revised collection schedules in 2015 as a result of upcoming holidays (Christmas and New Year’s). In an effort to minimize inconvenience to our customers, we will provide detailed information in advance of the revisions.
NOTE: New Tampa residents are encouraged to contact Hillsborough County Solid Waste Management at (813) 272-5680 for their holiday collection schedule.

Solid Waste Holiday Collection Schedule

The City of Tampa's Department of Solid Waste & Environmental Program Management has discontinued holiday make-up days for the collection of residential waste and recycling following single-day observed holidays. This change was implemented as part of the City of Tampa's Efficiency and Effectiveness Task Force efforts.  The change streamlines operations, increases efficiency, and improves service quality, while at the same time reduce operating costs. (News Release)

Observed City Holidays Affected
  • New Year's Day

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

  • Spring Day/Good Friday

  • Memorial Day

  • Independence Day

  • Labor Day

  • Veterans' Day

 Residential Holiday Collection Schedule

Residential Customers Holiday 
Collection Schedule (PDF)

Please Note: New Tampa residents are encouraged to contact Hillsborough County Solid Waste Management at (813) 272-5680 for their Holiday Collection schedule, or (813) 274-8811 for utility billing questions.

New 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. McKay Bay Scale House will move from a cash only operation to also include credit cards and debit cards with a MasterCard or Visa logo as methods of payment. The City of Tampa has implemented the new service with the goal of improving the payment transaction process at the McKay Bay Facility.

Residential customers who choose to use a credit card as the form of payment will no longer be required to leave a cash deposit on their inbound weigh; instead, a quick credit card validation will take place. Upon exiting the McKay Bay Facility, customers' vehicles will be re-weighed and the credit card transaction will be processed for the appropriate amount. Additionally, commercial private haulers are offered the convenience of using a credit card to pay for their current transactions, which provides an alternate payment option when the funds in their solid waste accounts are depleted.

For questions or concerns, please contact the City of Tampa Utility Services Customer Care at (813) 348-1111, or visit the website at

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.

"Replacing our older, diesel-powered garbage trucks with CNG trucks is good business. They will save taxpayer's money, and are environmentally-friendly and more efficient," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. "This is just the beginning for our fleet of CNG vehicles."

The City of Tampa recently purchased five new CNG-powered garbage trucks and will add five more to replace aging diesel trucks to its fleet by 2014.

The environmentally-friendly vehicles emit about 40 percent less greenhouse gases, offer extended engine life, and cost less to maintain. The new CNG vehicles will save $1.85 - $2.00 per gallon in fuel costs, or approximately $152,000 annually.

The trucks will fuel up at the CNG station at Tampa International Airport, which is operated by Clean Energy, the largest provider of natural gas fuel for transportation in North America. It opened in March 2012.

NEW! 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. Permitted franchisees will be required to remit 15% of the gross revenue generated from hauling commercial solid waste in the City's 1983 jurisdictional territory. Revenues generated from solid waste franchise fees will support the City of Tampa's solid waste system.More. . .

New 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.

The proposed rate change was approved during the February 16, 2012 City Council meeting.

Notice for Proposed Rate Change (PDF)  Solid Waste Rates (PDF)