Recycling And Waste Reduction

Recycling Cart and Family Recycling

The Recycling Division is responsible for ensuring that recyclable materials collected are recoverable and do not include contamination (the placing of items that cannot be recycled curbside, in the recycling bin).  To accomplish this, the division focuses on education, outreach, monitoring and constantly improving the Department's comprehensive recycling program.

Curbside Recycling Guidelines 

Containers & Non-Fiber      Fibers
  • Aluminum foil & pie tins (must be clean)
  • Aluminum cans & bottles
  • Plastic Bottles, Containers and Jugs
  • Tin and steel Cans
  • Food and Beverage Cartons (e.g. milk, juice, soup broth, etc.) 
  • Glass Bottles and Jars (without lids)
  • Mixed paper
  • Corrugated cardboard*
  • Magazines/Catalogs
  • Newspapers (and inserts)
  • Paperboard (e.g. cereal boxes and soda boxes)
  • Phone books
  • Junk mail
  • Paper bagged shredded paper (no loose shredded paper, no plastic bags)

*Cardboard: Please make sure that cardboard is flattened and cut down to fit in your green cart. If you have large quantities of cardboard, it may be dropped off, at no charge, at the McKay Bay Refuse-To-Energy Facility at 114 S. 34th Street, Tampa FL.

Recycling Drop Off Stations:

  • McKay Bay Refuse-To-Energy Facility at 114 S. 34th St. for recycling.
  • University of South Florida Recycling Center at 504 USF Sycamore Drive
  • HCC Ybor City Campus at 1400 E. 9th Ave.Tampa, FL 33602

*Please remember to not bag your recycling. All recyclable items should be empty and loose. 


In-School and Public Education Program

Recycling Fun Facts

  • We throw away enough aluminum each year that we could rebuild our entire commercial air fleet every 3 months.
  • We throw away enough office paper each year to build a 12 foot high wall of paper from New York to Los Angeles.
  • We throw away enough plastic soda bottles each year to circle the earth four times.
  • We throw away enough motor oil each year to fill 120 supertankers.
  • We throw away 20 million tons of grass clippings, dead leaves and branches a year.
  • An average size family's yard waste can make about 300-400 pounds of finished compost (humus) a year!


Program Information:

Interim Recycling Coordinator - Jason Milton

(813) 348-1027

Fax: (813) 348-1156


Recycling Specialist - Edgar Castro Tello  

(813) 348-6504

Fax: (813) 348-1156


Missed Pickups/Green Recycling Cart Requests:
Call the Utility Call Center
(813) 274-8811