The City of Tampa Department of Solid Waste and Environmental Program Management, in conjunction with other cities nationwide, is celebrating National Waste and Recycling Workers Week. The Department will be dedicating a week, which began June 14th, to recognize the women and men of the Solid Waste Department for their dedication to keeping our neighborhoods and environment clean and safe.
Since the early 1900’s garbage disposal has been a priority for the health and safety of communities; although the work is often overlooked. This week, June 14-20, gives the much deserved appreciation due to Solid Waste workers throughout the country.
Tampa’s Solid Waste employees are critical to maintaining the cleanliness and neighborhood aesthetics throughout the City. Whether providing debris removal services after natural disasters, or restoring right-of-ways after city sanctioned events during the midst of a global pandemic, the environmental stewardship of the Solid Waste team keeps our communities clean.
Department staff have been recognized by the Mayor and City Council for their achievements and safety performance. “Keeping the City of Tampa clean is no easy task and the hard working men and women of our Solid Waste team are remarkably always making us proud for all they do; Completing their regular duties but also going above and beyond to show they care for this City,” said Department Director, Mark Wilfalk.
The City of Tampa Department of Solid Waste and Environmental Program Management employs 266 staff members whose efforts keep our community clean by providing safe and efficient solid waste collection and disposal while safely converting the byproduct (solid waste) into a renewable source of energy. Tampa’s residents and businesses are encouraged to take a moment to let these hard working waste and recycling workers know how much they are appreciated. We encouraged residents through social media to display signs, share their positive stories, wave hello, or send their greetings at a safe distance.