Recycling And Waste Reduction

Recycling Cart and Family Recycling

Missed Pickups/Green Recycling Cart Requests:

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

City of Tampa Recycling Reference

Recycling Program Requirements

  • All accepted recyclables must be larger than the size of your fist.

  • Leave items free and loose (not bagged).
  • Only refer to the accepted items listed and do not use the plastic resin number as a guide for recycling. Not all items from the same resin numbers are accepted, for example, a number 1 plastic bottle is accepted but a number 1 plastic wrap packaging is not accepted.
  • Place the cart at the curb the night before your designated pickup day, or before 6 a.m. on your pickup day. Cart must be removed from the curb by end of the service day.

  • All recyclable material must be inside the cart for collection.
  • Ensure your cart lid is down to prevent items from getting wet.

Recycling Drop Off Stations

These locations are self-service for your convenience. Assure all recyclables are loose and not bagged before placing them inside the recycling dumpsters.

McKay Bay Refuse-To-Energy Facility

114 S. 34th Street, Tampa, FL 33605

Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri - 7 am to 5:30 pm, Wed & Sat - 7 am to 4:30 pm

University of South Florida Recycling Center

504 USF Sycamore Drive, Tampa, FL 33617

Mon to Sun - 7 am to 8 pm

HCC Ybor City Campus

1400 E. 9th Avenue, Tampa, FL 33602

Mon to Sun - 7 am to 8 pm

For service or operations support please call:

Utilities Call Center -  (813) 274-8811.

For Education and Outreach:

Recycling Coordinator- Shelby Lewis

(813) 348-1027


Recycling Specialist- Edgar Castro Tello

(813) 348-6504