Recycling And Waste Reduction

Recyling Kids

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 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