The Department of Solid Waste & Environmental Program Management is comprised of a 266 personnel team providing environmentally safe, time responsive, and cost-effective collection, disposal, and recycling services for nearly 90,000 residential and commercial customers in the City of Tampa.
To enhance the quality of life within our community while providing industry-leading collection, disposal, and environmental services.
Our VisionWe will be recognized as a world-class organization in the provision of waste resource management and the public's choice for safe innovative services
Brief History – Evolution of Significant Events
- 1927 The Sanitation Department was established to provide collection and disposal services for all residential and commercial customers within the City of Tampa.
- 1967 The Tampa incinerator was built. Until this point in time, refuse collection was largely a manual process, and disposal was primarily by means of landfilling.
- 1979 The Tampa incinerator was closed, and the McKay Bay Refuse-to-Energy Facility was built; beginning operation in 1985.
- 1998 The McKay Bay Refuse-to-Energy Facility received a complete retrofit as required to meet environmental air compliance standards mandated by EPA.
- 2005 Solid Waste began the 5-year transition to fully-automated service. Solid Waste customers received one blue 95-gallon cart per household and the corresponding fully-automated collection vehicles were ordered.
- 2008 The Department transitioned to single-stream residential recycling.
- 2009 A new holiday collection schedule was implemented. Make-up collection days following single-day observed holidays were discontinued.
- 2010 Marked the completion of the following long-term initiatives:
- Completed transition to fully-automated service
- Completion of the first major rerouting initiative since 1986
- Launched the new “Service Day” schedule for residential customers
- 2013 Implemented Citywide residential “Automated Carted Recycling” program.
- 2013 Introduced Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) collection vehicles in to the Solid Waste fleet.
- 2014 Installed GPS and RFID technology on solid waste trucks.
- 2015 Completed Automated Carted Recycling Program. Customers received one green 95-gall cart per household.
- 2016 Began the transition to a more efficient, convenient utility management and billing system, Cayenta UMS.
- 2020 City of Tampa officially takes over operations of the McKay Bay Waste-to-Energy Facility.
- 2020 Backyard Composting Program launches providing residents an education workshop and free backyard composting bin.
Major Duties, Services, and Programs
- Quality Control
- Environmental Coordination
- Audits and Contracts
- Support Services