All City of Tampa residents with curbside garbage service also have weekly curbside recycling service. All residents receive a 14 gallon blue bin with a brochure. With curbside recycling you can now recycle paper, glass, aluminum cans and plastic bottles in your blue bin with just a short trip to the curb. A paper grocery bag can be used for extra newspapers (please do not put plastic bags in your blue box - they may be taken to your local grocery store for recycling). Recycling is collected once a week on your assigned recycling day (the day is printed in the brochure that came with your box). A separate truck will come by to collect the recyclables. The recycling truck collects recyclables between 6:00am and 5pm.
- It's good for the environment; recycling conserves energy
- It saves the earth and resources for future generations
- It is the right thing to do!
- It's easy to participate
What can be recycled curbside in the blue recycling bin?
- Phone Books
- Paperback books
- Junk mail
- Cereal boxes
- 6-Pack soda boxes
- Office paper
- Newspapers & inserts
- Plastic containers # 1-7
- Aluminum and steel cans (including empty aerosol cans)
- Gable-top beverage containers (juice & milk containers)
- Glass bottles & jars (all colors)
Preparation of Recyclables:
- Please remove caps and lids and place in box separately
- Please place all paper in a brown paper grocery bag
- Please remove the vellum windows from all envelopes
- No need to remove labels
- Please rinse all containers before placing them in your bins
Cardboard must be flattened and cut down to fit in your blue bin (maximum of 11" X 17"). If you have large quantities of cardboard, you may take it to the McKay Bay Refuse-To-Energy Facility at 107 N. 34th St. for free drop off.
What can't be recycled at this time?
Here are a few tips of what to leave out of your curbside recycling bin:
Used motor oil and motor oil containers (please place the containers in the garbage); To find a location for recycling used motor oil, call the Florida Department of Environmental Protection at 1-800-741-4337.
Paint (open up cans to let paint dry or use newspaper to soak up any remaining paint), fluorescent bulbs, pool chemicals, mercury thermometers, chemicals, household cleaners, televisions, computer equipment - take to one of the City's biannual Household Chemical & Electronics Collections (call 813-348-6515 for more information), or to a Hillsborough County household chemical collection center. Contact the Hillsborough County Department of Solid Waste at 813-272-5680 for dates, times and locations.
Batteries: Button and nickel cadmium batteries from cell phones etc should be taken to a participating store such as Radio Shack, Target, Home Depot etc., or to a Household Chemical Collection event.
Plastic bags* (these should go back to the grocery store for recycling - make sure to remove paper receipts from the bags before recycling them as paper can contaminate the final recycled plastic bags resulting in weakness and easy breakage.)
- Styrofoam (some supermarkets offer recycling)
- Pizza boxes or any other type of waxed paper box
Large quantities of corrugated cardboard (larger than 11" X 17" which is the maximum size for cardboard collected curbside in your blue bin). Residents can drop off cardboard for free at the McKay Bay Refuse to Energy facility . If you have a very large quantity, call a local paper recycler.