Community Beautification & Waste Management

Summary of Services

Community Beautification and Waste Management (CBWM) provides garbage, bulk/yard waste, and recycling services to over 76,000 service points, residential and commercial. In addition, the department is responsible for maintaining 13,500 acres of medians and rights-of-way along major roadways within the City.


Community Beautification

Located in the General Fund, Community Beautification provides landscaping maintenance and mowing of City property and rights of way, as well as litter control, graffiti removal, trimming and removal of fallen trees in the rights-of-way, and maintenance of City-owned cemeteries and vacant lots.


Waste Management

Services provided in Waste Management include


• weekly residential curbside garbage collection and recycling,

• residential biweekly curbside collection of bulky items, yard waste, and white goods,

• solid waste removal for large volume commercial customers by front end loader, roll-off, or multi-lift trucks up to six times per week,

• commercial recycling up to five days per week,

• open gate service for a fee when requested by commercial establishments,

• sanitizing containers to minimize pests and odor for a fee on request,

• Electronics collection by request, picked up every Thursday,

• Removal of dead animals from the right-of-way and street, and

• street sweeping on a regular rotation along City curb and gutter streets.


Awards and Honors

Community Beautification and Waste Management has received numerous awards and honors:


• First City-owned LEED Green Certified Building

• National Arbor Day Foundation’s Growth Award for Arboricultural Excellence (eight consecutive years)

• Tree City USA recognition (31 consecutive years)

• Outstanding Partnership Award from Recycle Florida

• Distinction Innovation for Green Building Award from Florida Planning & Zoning Association

• Best Practice Award from Sustainable Florida

• Excellence Award from MLK Foundation

• Bronze Marketing Award and Silver Excellence Award for Communication from the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA)

• IME Advisory Council Award and Industrial & Manufacturing Engineers Career Support Award from FAMU/FSU College of Engineering


Community Beautification

FY24

The FY23 budget included an increase of $266,000 for increases in contractual services to support City staff in their mission; this funding has continued into FY24.


FY25-28

Community beautification will continue to provide landscaping maintenance and mowing of City property and rights of way, litter control, graffiti removal, trimming and removal of fallen trees in the right-of-way, and maintenance of City-owned cemeteries and vacant lots.


Waste Management (Solid Waste)

FY24

•The fund is self-sustaining and is funded with monthly service fees.

•Solid Waste rates are reviewed every three to four years to ensure cost recovery over the planning period.


FY25-28

The City completed a rate study for the Solid Waste Fund in FY23, and the rates went into effect at the start of FY24.


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