Tampa Bay Recycling

Understanding Recycling in Tampa Bay

Many people aren’t sure how to handle their Tampa Bay recycling. According to a recent article from Waste Today Magazine, Florida recently passed legislation stating that “haulers are not required to transport items that are defined by the local community as ‘contaminated recycling materials,’ and MRFs (Material Recovery Facilities) would not be required to process these materials. While MRFs can handle some nonrecyclables, excessive or consistent contamination can generate additional costs related to sorting, processing, energy consumption and equipment repair or replacement. The law aims to reduce these costs and strengthen communication between communities and haulers or MRFs as they work to address the prominent issue of contamination in recyclables.”

Preventing Contaminated Recycling 

In plain English, this means that putting items in your recycling bin that shouldn’t be recycled is costing the waste hauler money, and in effect, maybe even you as the taxpayer. Therefore, it’s important to understand what is recyclable, what isn’t, and how to dispose properly of the things that aren’t.

For example, the cardboard pizza box is recyclable, but if it has grease all over it, it no longer is. Or take a gallon of milk, for example. It’s good to recycle, but if it isn’t completely emptied and leaks, nothing in the bin is recyclable. Keep in mind that you should never bag your recyclables or toss plastic bags into the bin. These items can damage the sorting equipment. 

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Proper Tampa Bay Recycling

For more information about Tampa Bay recycling, check with your local solid waste department or waste collection facility. For non-recyclables or if you have a large amount of waste, Bin There Dump That Tampa Bay has you covered! Offering same day and next day service, we’ll provide you with a clean dumpster from a reliable staff. Simply fill up the dumpster and leave the rest to us. We’ll even sweep around the dumpster before hauling it away, like we were never even there. Please contact us online or call us at 727-475-1080 and one of our professional dumpster rental consultants can assist you with selecting the right size dumpster for your project.