You Can No Longer Put Yard Waste In Plastic Bags In Tampa
For those of you who rake up leaves and twigs in your yard and put them in those big black plastic yard bags, you need to listen up. You can no longer put yard waste plastic bags in Tampa. This is according to a story found on Tampa Bays 10. The City of Tampa is banning them starting February 1st.
Any plastic bags full of yard waste left on the curb in Tampa will be left there. They will no longer accept those big black plastic bags. The goal is for all yard waste materials to be composted.
City officials say eliminating plastic bags from collection assures all yard waste will be turned into “mulch”. First, this will keep it out of our landfills. Second, it will cut down costs at landfills. Sarasota County stopped accepting yard waste in plastic bags back in May. This was in an effort to increase sustainability and reduce staffing costs at the Central County Landfill. Thirdly, this just is in the city of Tampa, not through out Hillsborough County. Finally, if this new ruling is successful, other cities and counties will probably follow. But as of February 1, you can no longer put yard waste plastic bags in Tampa.
Yard Waste Included:
- Leaves, branches, grass clipping, branches, limbs and logs in 4-foot lengths
- Trees up to 6 feet in length during designated holiday tree collection season
- No soil, dirt, rocks or heavy debris at curbside waste collections
As a good reminder, residents should never burn or rake yard waste into nearby ponds or waterways.
Acceptable Containers Include:
- Reusable bins (32-gallon maximum size)
- Biodegradable paper yard waste bags
- Waste bundled with jute twine
- Items should not weigh more than 50 pounds
To find out more about where all of our trash goes Click HERE
It’s always best to try and reduce your waste, be it yard waste and trash waste to keep our landfills from filling up.