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City of Tampa Re-Launching Spring it Forward Initiative to Help Reduce Waste 


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The City of Tampa's Solid Waste Department is re-launching the "Spring It Forward" Initiative, designed to help reduce extra waste and its environmental impact during the spring-cleaning season.

With the initiative's launch in Spring 2022, The City of Tampa's McKay Bay Waste Facility experienced a decrease of close to 300,000 pounds of waste compared to the previous year. 

Residents are encouraged to repurpose and donate their unwanted items at the beginning of Spring rather than dispose of them when spring-cleaning their homes.

Residents can search the Waste Sort using the Tampa Trash and Recycling App or the recycling website to find out if a material can be reused or donated to consignment or local thrift shops. Searching for items like rechargeable power drills to old shirts is easy. 

Taking your items to a local thrift or consignment shop can extend the life span of resources used to create items. 

"Springing your unwanted, good and working-condition items forward can help those in need," said Larry Washington, City of Tampa Solid Waste Director. "Springing It Forward also helps local charities and non-profit agencies collect gently used items. We're excited to help connect families with these resources."

Residents can download the Tampa Trash and Recycling mobile app for Apple or Android devices. The app can also be found on the city website tampa.gov/Recycle for convenient calendar and waste items search.

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