The Department of Solid Waste & Environmental Program Management is responsible for a wide variety of programs, projects, and events that have a direct environmental impact on the air, water, soil, and groundwater quality here in the City of Tampa. The goal is to ensure residential, multi-family and commercial establishments receive reliable and sustainable waste collection services that provide a high quality living environment. The Department uses three different methods to collect waste - manual, semi-automated, and fully automated collection.
To measure our success the department uses collection points for residential services and service orders for multi-family and commercial locations.
McKay Bay Scale House:
The McKay Bay Scale House facility accepts wastes from city utility customers, city departments, private haulers, small and large commercial businesses, and individuals disposing of Class I and Class III wastes. The goal of the Scale House is to categorize the type waste and account for the volume of waste delivered to the McKay Bay Waste Complex.
Downtown Core Program:
The goal of the Downtown CORE Program is to make the downtown core business district more pedestrian-friendly and visually appealing while providing increased garbage collection service to merchants. The Program replaces 95-gallon carts, currently used to store garbage at the curb, with 30-gallon blue bags that merchants purchase from the City as part of a “pay as you throw” system. A similar refuse collection initiative was implemented in the core business district during the 2012 Republican National Convention.