City of Tampa Finalizes Storm Debris Efforts and Deactivates Alternate Disposal Site

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Immediately following Hurricane Irma, the City of Tampa Department of Solid Waste and Environmental Program Management activated its emergency  debris management operation to collect storm debris within Tampa city limits. A majority of the storm debris was processed at the City’s temporary disposal facility located in the 2500 block of N. Rome Ave.


The collection process, which ended on November 27, 2017, was an intense, 7 day a week operation which ran from dusk to dawn.  Collection efforts required two passes, to remove the nearly 175,000 cubic yards of storm debris from Tampa neighborhoods.  The majority of the storm debris collected was vegetative and processed on site to become 50,000 cubic yards of mulch.  The mulch produced will be used in different horticultural applications and at local Parks and Recreation Department facilities throughout the city.  


“We are very proud of our dedicated city employees who applied their skills and talents as they partnered with our emergency management debris collection contractors to successfully complete this massive operation,” said Mark Wilfalk, Director of the Department Solid Waste and Environmental Program Management. On Friday December 15th, the City of Tampa officially completed the storm debris management operation and closed the Rome Avenue temporary disposal site.   


Any remaining debris left curbside will not be collected under the Hurricane Irma storm debris operation.  Additional residential debris may be serviced by the Department of Solid Waste as a special pick-up or identified by the City of Tampa’s Code Enforcement Division as a compliance violation; additional fees for collection services may apply.


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

For additional information, please contact: 

Ashley Bauman, Public Affairs Director

(813) 274-8262