Say goodbye to a sea of blue bins and boxes, and hello to the new carts on the block: the City of Tampa is upgrading your old recycling containers with new, full-sized green versions on wheels.
The green giants are being rolled out in four phases over the next 18 months. The first homes to get them are the neighborhoods that recycle the most.
"Those folks who have been faithfully recycling are going to be rewarded first by getting the cart," said City of Tampa Solid Waste & Recycling Director Tonja Brickhouse.
The new bins are a bit bulkier than their predecessors are. They're nearly seven times larger, holding up to 95 gallons of recycled goods.
"It looks too big, but the reality of it is, we'll see more stuff that should be going into the recycling actually going into the cart," Brickhouse said Monday.
The bigger bins are more expensive, but since they're part of an automated collection system, labor costs will go down.
"The fully automated trucks we use for garbage will also be used for fully automated carted recycling," Brickhouse said.
Bottles, cans, cardboard, and paper goods are all welcome inside the new recycling carts. City leaders are hopeful that the new carts could raise the city's recycling rate to 50 percent of all households.
Tampa's Solid Waste Department hopes to have the new green recycling bins at 85 percent of city households by fall of 2014.
To access information on when they'll be rolling into your neighborhood, along with what can and cannot be recycled, visit the City of Tampa Solid Waste & Recycling Department's website:
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