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Tampa Solid Waste Department Launches Backyard Composting Program

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The City of Tampa is launching a pilot backyard composting program for single-family home residents on Friday, November 20, 2020. Approximately 50% of Tampa’s single-family residential waste stream is composed of potentially compostable material. This program will empower residents to repurpose select kitchen scraps and yard waste into nutrient-rich compost to use at home.

Tampa’s Solid Waste & Environmental Program Management Department will offer backyard composting bins at no additional cost to 500 single-family residential collection customers during this pilot program. All current City of Tampa Solid Waste customers in single-family homes with a yard are eligible and are encouraged to register online through beginning November 20, 2020, for a virtual composting workshop. Completion of the workshop is required to receive a composting bin and kitchen-scraps bucket. The workshop is facilitated by the UF/IFAS Extension, providing insight into composting best practices and how to use them when complete. Residents can also refer to the Backyard Composting Guide, found on our website, to learn more or expand their composting knowledge. Program participation is limited and will be on a first come first served basis upon completion of the workshop. Bins will be delivered by the department within 10 business days following course completion and the waiver form signed. “I’m really looking forward to diversifying our waste reduction program while educating our ratepayers on the environmental benefits of effective composting. The initiation of the Backyard Composting Program illustrates our commitment towards sustainability and the application of best practices in the solid waste management industry” said Director, Mark Wilfalk. 

Residents may contact the City of Tampa Utilities Call Center at (813) 274-8811, or visit the website at for additional information.   

For additional information, please contact:

Ashley Bauman, Marketing & Communications Director

(813) 274-8262