Residential Recycling

All City of Tampa residents with curbside garbage service also have weekly curbside recycling service, that is collected on your assigned recycling day. All residents receive a 96 gallon green recycling cart.  A separate truck will come by to collect the recyclables. The recycling truck collects recyclables between 6:00 am and 5:00 pm.

Why Recycle?

  • 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

Preparation of Recyclables:

  • Please rinse all containers before placing them in your green cart
  • Please keep all recycling items loose and not bagged

What can be recycled curbside in the green recycling cart?

  • Phone Books
  • Paperback books
  • Junk mail
  • Cereal boxes
  • Office paper
  • Cardboard
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers & inserts
  • Catalogs
  • Plastic containers, bottles and jugs
  • Aluminum and steel cans (including empty aerosol cans)
  • Food and beverage cartons
  • Glass bottles and jars 

All recyclable items must fit inside the green cart.   If you have large quantities of recyclable material, you may take it to the McKay Bay Refuse-To-Energy Facility at 107 N. 34th St. for free drop off.

Please remember these everyday items cannot be recycled at the curb:

    • 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)