Recycling

Green Bin Recycling Paper ONLY

paper in a recycling binRecyclable paper and cardboard items are collected curbside from residents who wish to participate in the Recycling program. (Participation in this complimentary program will not affect your bill and is not mandatory.)  Items should be placed in the city-issued recycling bins and be at curbside by 7am on your collection day. Free recycling bins are available at the Public Works Department, 11210 N. 53rd Street, or by calling 813.506.6570. In the event a holiday falls on your recycling pickup day, your paper material will be collected on your next regularly scheduled pickup day. Bins containing items that do not adhere to following list will not be serviced.

MIXED PAPER
Any kind of paper including but not limited to junk mail, envelopes, newspapers, office/school papers, phone books, magazines, computer paper, cereal boxes (without food wrapper), etc. Please, no paper from restrooms or kitchens, i.e. tissue, wax paper, toilet tissue, paper towels, food wrappers or carriers, including pizza boxes.

CARDBOARD
Corrugated boxes. Please flatten and cut into a section of 3 feet by 3 feet or less and place next to or in your recycling bin.

Metals and Plastics

plastic recyclingThe City provides strategically placed receptacles around the City in which residents may deposit metals and plastic goods to be collected for recycling. Please see description of acceptable items below. DO NOT bag items before placing in the receptacles.

PLASTIC metal recycling
Household plastic bottles or containers, i.e. soda, milk, soap, as well as rinsed out oil, transmission fluid, antifreeze, and windshield washer bottles. Please, no bubble wrap, plastic bags, Styrofoam, or other types of plastic containers.  

ALUMINUM CANS
Drink cans only. Please, no other type of aluminum such as foil pie pans, food containers, etc.
STEEL / TIN CANS
Food cans only. Please, no other type of cans such as paint cans, oil cans, etc. Remove and discard lids and rinse all containers. Labels do not have to be removed.

Neighborhood Recycling Drop-Off Locations:recycle dumpster

no glass recyclingGlass

The City has discontinued separated glass recycling. Residents should place glass items into their regular garbage, which is taken to a Waste-to-Energy plant for incineration. The resulting aggregate will then be recycled.


*Do NOT recycle such items as clothing, shoes, electronics, light bulbs, batteries or hazardous household waste. See links on the left for information on Hazardous Waste Disposal, which is managed by Hillsborough County. A good rule of thumb regarding recyclables: if you don't know - it doesn't go.

Recycling FAQ

Why just paper and cardboard?  As concerns about possible COVID-19 transmittal as well as other types of contamination continue, paper and cardboard have been deemed among the safest materials to handle. Limiting pickup to a single stream also eliminates the need to sort.

Why the change to remote recycling for metal and plastic?  Metals and plastics are much more likely to harbor bacteria and germs, posing a risk to our crews. In addition, by placing these items in large receptacles (dumpsters), we are able to semi-automate the collection process. 

Will residents receive a refund on their sanitation bill?  The City’s recycling program is both voluntary and complimentary. There was no increase in sanitation fees when the program began several years ago. Residents are not required to participate and can place recyclable materials in their trash if they choose.

Why is glass recycling being discontinued?  There are many reasons behind the decision to discontinue the collection of glass for recycling. These include: 

  • Glass is becoming a contaminant – In a single stream recycling system, glass is increasingly becoming a contaminant. Broken glass can contaminate other recyclables like paper and cardboard, lowering their value. Recyclers are increasingly focused on quality and reducing contamination to maintain the value of their recyclable materials.
  • Glass can be hazardous – Broken glass is not only a safety hazard to workers. Glass is difficult to sort when broken, and if broken down too finely, glass may become too difficult to reprocess. When recyclers find it too difficult or expensive to separate out glass, they send the entire stream to the landfill.  
  • The market for glass has changed – Mandatory glass recycling programs in the 1980s flooded the market with recyclable glass, causing prices to drop. Over the past two decades, glass has also been replaced by aluminum and plastic for some products, leading to a diminishing market for the material. 

Need more information? Call 813.506.6570.