Recycling And Waste Reduction

Recycling Cart and Family Recycling

The Recycling Divisionis responsible for implementing, monitoring and administering the Department's comprehensive recycling program.
Curbside Recycling Guidelines 

Containers & Non-Fiber      Fibers
  • Aluminum foil & pie tins
  • Aluminum cans & bottles
  • Plastic Bottles, Containers and Jugs
  • Tin Cans
  • Food and Beverage Cartons (e.g. milk, juice, soup broth, etc.) 
  • Mixed paper
  • Corrugated cardboard*
  • Magazines/Catalogs
  • Newspapers (and inserts)
  • Paperboard (e.g. cereal boxes and soda boxes)
  • Phone books
  • Junk mail

*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 Sites:

  • University of South Florida Recycling Center:

Located on the Corner of Elm and Sycamore behind the SunDome.

Cardboard, newspaper, aluminum, plastic and glass recycling.


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:

Recycling Coordinator - Alita Kane  

(813) 348-1027

Fax: (813) 348-1156


Recycling Specialist - Vacant 

Missed Pickups/Green Recycling Cart Requests:
Customer Service
(813) 274-8811
Extension 2