Recycling And Waste Reduction

Recyling Kids

The Recycling Divisionis responsible for implementing, monitoring and administering the Department's comprehensive recycling program. This includes curbside and multi-family recycling, office paper and commercial recycling programs.

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The Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County Florida, Inc. ReStore offers a wide variety of new and used building materials, appliances, cabinets, furniture, flooring, specialty items and much more at discount prices. All proceeds from our ReStore go directly to fund the mission of Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County.

Curbside Recycling Guidelines 

Containers & Non-Fiber Fibers
  • Aluminum foil & pie tins
  • Aluminum cans & bottles
  • Glass beverage containers
  • Plastic Containers #1-7
  • Tin Cans
  • Aseptic juice boxes
  • Gable top containers
  • Computer paper / mixed paper
  • Colored paper
  • Corrugated cardboard*
  • Kraft paper
  • 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 blue bins (a maximum of 3 ft squares). 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.

Recycle your old blue bins: Leave your cracked, broken blue bins curbside on your pick up day for collection (please leave a note on the bin stating that you would like it replaced). The old bins will be taken to the processing facility and recycled.


Recycling Drop Off Sites:

McKay Bay Refuse-To-Energy Facility at 114 S. 34th St. for recycling.


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 - Lori VanBemden

(813) 348-6504

Fax: (813) 348-1156

Recycling Specialist - Aleta Kane 

(813) 348-1027


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