The City of Tampa’s Solid Waste Department is launching the “Spring It Forward” Initiative, designed to help reduce extra waste and its environmental impact during the spring-cleaning season, according to a city news release.
The City of Tampa’s McKay Bay Waste Facility experiences an increase in tonnage each March.
Specifically, there was a 22% increase in waste generated in March 2021, the release says.
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.
By using the Tampa Trash and Recycling App or on the recycling website, it is possible to search the Waste Sort to find out whether a material can be reused or donated to consignment or local thrift shops.
Taking your items to a local thrift or consignment shop can extend the life span of resources used to create items, the release notes.
“Springing your unwanted, good and working-condition items forward can help those in need,” said Larry Washington, the city’s solid waste director.
“Springing It Forward also helps local charities and nonprofit agencies collect gently used items. We’re excited to help connect families with these resources,” Washington added, in the release.
Residents can download the mobile app, Tampa Trash and Recycling, for Apple or Android devices. The app also can be found on the city website Tampa.gov/Recycle for convenient calendar and waste items search.
Published March 30, 2022
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