Municipal Solid Waste Collection

wave canComing soon... A New Municipal Solid Waste Program

The City of Temple Terrace is in the process of making the long overdue transition to a semi-automated system to collect residential trash. Under the current system, garbage collection requires our crews to empty a variety of trash cans and pick-up materials by hand, which is time consuming, labor intensive and potentially hazardous. In addition, residents must provide their own trash receptacles, creating an unsightly and often unsanitary situation on our City streets. , Our current fleet of trash trucks currently is being retrofitted with automatic tippers that will unload standard carts into the vehicles.

A 95-gallon – or 65-gallon if you made that request – cart will be delivered to your home in late fall / early winter. (These are the only two sizes available.) 

95-gallon trash cart 95-gallon trash cart


Total Height: 42.9”             Total Height:  41.5"

Width: 27.9”                     Width:  24.4"

Depth: 29.8”                   Depth:  27.5"

You may also request an additional 95- or 65-gallon cart by calling Public Works at 813.506.6560. A $75 charge for the second cart will be added to your utility bill upon delivery. (The additional cart belongs to the homeowner.)  

Each of these carts will be branded with the City’s name as well as a serial number that assigns it to a specific address. These carts are City property and must remain at that address for the life of the cart. Residents who move out of Temple Terrace must leave their cart for the new homeowner or be assessed a $75 charge on their final utility bill. Carts that are damaged by normal wear and tear will be replaced by the City. a hand placing a bag of trash in a can

Residents may begin to use their carts upon receipt. When all the carts have been delivered, they will be the only trash receptacles that will be serviced curbside by City crews. 

Should a special occasion result in more waste than can be accommodated by the carts at an address, crews will accept bagged items placed adjacent to the cart. If the amount of garbage generated by a household routinely exceeds the current capacity of the cart(s), the resident will be asked to purchase an additional cart or trash not contained in the cart will be left at the curb.

The twice-weekly trash pick-up schedule will remain the same, as will the current procedures for recycling, yard waste disposal and special pick-ups. Residents are encouraged to use any serviceable smaller cans for yard waste and eliminate plastic bags whenever possible to ensure that the organic materials can properly decompose upon disposal. Or you can call Public Works at 813.506.6560 to make arrangements for the City to pick them up at no charge.


paper in a recycling bin


Residents should put paper products ONLY in their green bins and place curbside on their recycling pick-up day. Bins containing materials other than paper products will not be serviced.


The City provides strategically-placed receptacles in which residents may deposit metals and plastic goods to be collected for recycling. DO NOT bag items before placing in the receptacles.

metal recycling

plastic recycling

Neighborhood Recycling Drop-Off Locations:

  • Boy Scout Park Parking Lot
  • 113th St. Parking Lot (near Greco Middle  School)
  • Family Recreation Complex Parking Lot
  • Omar K. Lightfoot Center Parking Lot
  • 78th St. Right-of-Way (near Lift Station)

GLASSno glass recycling

The City has discontinued separated glass recycling. Residents should place glass items into their regular garbage, which is taken to a Waste-to-Energy plant for incineration.

 For more information on the City's complimentary recycling program, click here.

Yard Wasteyard waste in a can

Yard waste is picked up on Wednesdays only. Disposal regulations prohibit the city from collecting yard debris with normal garbage. Tree limbs must be shorter than 3 feet in length and less than 5 inches in diameter and bundled. Grass clippings and leaves must be containerized, preferably in reusable 30 gallon trash bins. Do not include fruit with the yard debris. If you have trash cans that are no longer in use, consider placing your unbagged lawn debris in those cans and put them curbside for collection.

Construction Debris / Furniture

 Consta cartoon garbage can holding up its handruction debris must be removed by contractor or the homeowner can call Public Works to arrange for a special trash pick-up.

For larger items like furniture that do not meet pre-collection requirements, the city offers a free, once-a-year annual pick-up or a special trash pick-up at additional cost. For more information about special pickups, click here or call the Public Works Department at 813.506.6570.