Municipal Solid Waste Collection
Coming soon... A New Municipal Solid Waste Program
The City of Temple Terrace is in the process of making the long overdue transition to a semi-automated system to collect residential trash. Under the current system, garbage collection requires our crews to empty a variety of trash cans and pick-up materials by hand, which is time consuming, labor intensive and potentially hazardous. In addition, residents must provide their own trash receptacles, creating an unsightly and often unsanitary situation on our City streets.
Over the next several months, our current fleet of trash trucks will be retrofitted with automatic tippers that will unload standard carts into the vehicles. Every home that is serviced by the City’s sanitation department will receive, free-of-charge, a new 95-gallon wheeled trash receptacle designed to work with this new tipper system. Residents who prefer a 65-gallon cart can receive this smaller size, also free-of-charge. More information about how to choose a size will be distributed in advance of the delivery of the carts, which will take place in late fall or early winter. Each of these tan carts will be branded with the City’s name as well as a serial number that assigns it to a specific address. These carts are City property and must remain at that address for the life of the cart. Residents who move out of Temple Terrace must leave their cart for the new homeowner or be assessed a $75 charge on their final utility bill. Carts that are damaged by normal wear and tear will be replaced by the City.
Residents may begin to use their carts upon receipt. When all the carts have been delivered, they will be the only trash receptacles that will be serviced curbside by City crews. If necessary, residents can purchase an additional 65- or 95-gallon cart for $75. The City will service up to two carts per address. Once the program is up and running, call Public Works at 813.506.6570 to make arrangements for payment and delivery. (These additional carts belong to the homeowner.)
Should a special occasion result in more waste than can be accommodated by the carts at an address, crews will accept bagged items placed adjacent to the cart. If the amount of garbage generated by a household routinely exceeds the current capacity of the cart(s), the resident will be asked to purchase an additional cart or trash not contained in the cart will be left at the curb.
The twice-weekly trash pick-up schedule will remain the same, as will the current procedures for recycling, yard waste disposal and special pick-ups. Residents are encouraged to use any serviceable smaller cans for yard waste and eliminate plastic bags whenever possible to ensure that the organic materials can properly decompose upon disposal.
PAPER AND CARDBOARD
Residents should put paper products ONLY in their green bins and place curbside on their recycling pick-up day. Bins containing materials other than paper products will not be serviced.
METALS AND PLASTICS
The City provides strategically-placed receptacles in which residents may deposit metals and plastic goods to be collected for recycling. DO NOT bag items before placing in the receptacles.
Neighborhood Recycling Drop-Off Locations:
- Boy Scout Park Parking Lot
- 113th St. Parking Lot (near Greco Middle School)
- Family Recreation Complex Parking Lot
- Omar K. Lightfoot Center Parking Lot
- 78th St. Right-of-Way (near Lift Station)
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.
Yard waste is picked up on Wednesdays only. Disposal regulations prohibit the city from collecting yard debris with normal garbage. Tree limbs must be shorter than 3 feet in length and less than 5 inches in diameter and bundled. Grass clippings and leaves must be containerized, preferably in reusable 30 gallon trash bins. Do not include fruit with the yard debris. If you have trash cans that are no longer in use, consider placing your unbagged lawn debris in those cans and put them curbside for collection.
Construction Debris / Furniture
Construction debris must be removed by contractor or the homeowner can call Public Works to arrange for a special trash pick-up.
For larger items like furniture that do not meet pre-collection requirements, the city offers a free, once-a-year annual pick-up or a special trash pick-up at additional cost. For more information about special pickups, click here or call the Public Works Department at 813.506.6570.