Solid Waste, Tampa Downtown Partnership Announce ?CORE? Collection Service Pilot for Downtown Businesses ?? Program concept is legacy of the 2012 Republican National Convention

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The City of Tampa Solid Waste and Environmental Program Management Department is teaming up with the Tampa Downtown Partnership to create CORE Collection Service (C2S), a new blue bag collection pilot program that will allow the city to remove the 95-gallon collection carts from a high-pedestrian area while providing downtown merchants increased garbage collection.

"Part of being pedestrian friendly is keeping the streetscape and sidewalks visually appealing. Frankly, the blue bins are big and clunky, and on trash days, they are everywhere," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. "This program allows us to provide better collection services to the merchants in our urban core and keep our sidewalks unobstructed."

The new pilot program in downtown Tampa's core business district will begin on Monday, July 1, 2013.

As part of the C2S pilot program, all 95-gallon carts currently used to collect garbage at the curb will be replaced with 30-gallon blue bags, which merchants will purchase from the City. This is a "pay as you throw" system, and the cost of the change to blue bags is expected to be negligible for both the City and our customers.

The City of Tampa Solid Waste Department will collect the blue bags up to three times per day Monday through Saturday; currently, the City provides garbage collection to downtown businesses up to twice a day, Monday through Saturday.

"Cooperatively in efforts like these, the Downtown Partnership and the City of Tampa continue to make Downtown Tampa a great place to live, work, play, and have a business" said Christine Burdick, President of the Tampa Downtown Partnership.

During the 2012 Republican National Convention, all 95-gallon carts were removed from the downtown core. Merchants were asked to use heavy-duty garbage bags, and the Downtown Partnership Clean Team provided regularly scheduled pick-up throughout the week. Many merchants favored this way of doing business, and removing the carts improves the aesthetics in a high-pedestrian area.

The pilot program will affect 53 businesses within the boundaries of Royal Street (north), Whiting Street (south), Tampa Street (west) and Franklin Street (east). It will not affect solid waste services to any residential buildings in the downtown core.

More information on the CORE Collection Service Pilot will be presented at a merchant meeting sponsored by Tampa Downtown Partnership on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. at Tunduree Indian Grill located at 511 North Franklin Street. Additionally, each affected business and building will be individually notified.