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Spring It Forward

Spring it Forward
Spring It Forward to your local thrift shop
  • The “Spring It Forward” Initiative is designed to help reduce extra waste and its environmental impact during the spring-cleaning season.
  • The City of Tampa's McKay Bay Waste Facility experiences an increase in tonnage each March. In March 2021, there was a 22 percent increase in waste generated. 
  • To help reduce waste, at the beginning of spring, residents are encouraged to repurpose and donate their unwanted items rather than disposing of them when spring cleaning their homes.
  • Using the Tampa Trash and Recycling App or on the recycling website, you can search the Waste Sort 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 mobile app, Tampa Trash and Recycling, 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.