Solid Waste Code

The Department of Solid Waste & Environmental Program Management Solid Waste Inspectors enforce Chapter 26 of the City of Tampa Code.

Sec. 26-165. Improperly prepared curbside accumulations of solid waste.

It is unlawful to place solid waste out for curbside collection other than in the manner prescribed in this article. The department shall cause violators to be notified, and upon notification such violators shall, within seven (7) days, comply with the requirements of this Code relating to placement of solid waste for collection. As an alternative, the department may cause notice of violation to be given but may collect the improperly placed solid waste at additional charge to the owner, occupant or tenant for special service as set forth in the resolution of city council setting the amount of such charges, which additional charge shall be included in the utility bill in the next billing period.

(Ord. No. 89-253, § 2(58-170), 9-28-89)

Sec. 26-166. Containers and commercial refuse bin regulations.

(a)     The owner or occupant of every residence or commercial establishment shall provide or arrange for containers or refuse bins with proper, well-fitting covers, adequate to contain the solid waste generated or produced by such establishment, and shall place all such solid waste therein. Containers shall be watertight and shall not exceed thirty-two (32) gallons in capacity or weigh, when filled, more than fifty (50) pounds. Plastic bags of at least one and one-half (1 1/2) mil thickness may be used if they are tied or sealed to prevent spillage. Other type containers and refuse bins may be used upon approval by the director. The owner or occupant shall maintain the containers or refuse bins and the area of their location in a clean and sanitary condition.

Sec. 26-168. Public nuisance.

It is unlawful and declared a public nuisance for any owner, agent, custodian, lessee, occupant or tenant of any real estate property abutting any public street, right-of-way or land area dedicated for use as a public street within the city to allow the existence of any accumulations of debris, rubbish, trash, garbage, refuse, garden trash or junk between the paved or graded surface of any public street or alley intended or designed for vehicular traffic and the property line of the abutting real estate. (Ord. No. 89-253,  2(58-173), 9-28-89) Cross references: Excessive accumulations of debris, rubbish, trash, etc., declared public nuisance,  19-49.