Community Beautification & Waste Management

Summary of Services

Community Beautification and Waste Management (CBWM) provides garbage, trash, and recycling services to over 65,000 residential and commercial customers. 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, litter control, graffiti removal, trimming and removal of fallen trees in the rights-of-way, and maintenance of City-owned cemeteries and vacant lots. Services include:

•Graffiti removal on reported items within the rights of way or City property.

•Installation & maintenance of landscaped areas in the medians & rights of way (weeding, pest control, trimming, and mulching).

•Litter monitoring and removal in medians and on vacant lots maintained by the department,

Mowing of medians and rights-of-way on a regular schedule.

•Trimming and removal of fallen trees in the rights-of-way, limbs hanging low over the roadway, blocking lines of sight in intersections or on street corners, the removal of dead, diseased, or dying trees.

•Cemetery Maintenance, including removal of dead and dying trees, pruning overgrown brush and shrubs, stump removal, water system repair, mowing, and litter control.


Waste Management

Revenues from customer user fees fund bulk/yard waste collection for residential customers citywide and collection of garbage and recyclable materials for commercial customers. Currently, the City serves over 65,000 customers: 47,936 residential; 15,415 commercial, and 1,835 commercial recycling customers. Services include:

•Standard Residential Services: Biweekly curbside collection of bulky items, yard waste, electronics, and white goods.

•Dumpster Services for commercial customers that generate a moderate volume of waste or recyclable materials which are serviced by front-end loading trucks at night up to six times per week.

•Roll-Off or Multi-Lift Services for commercial customers that generate a large volume of waste or recyclable materials are serviced by roll-off or hook 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.

•Collection of dead animals from the right-of-way.

•Street sweeping on a regular rotation along City curb and gutters streets.


Awards and Honors

Community Beautification and Waste Management has received numerous awards and honors throughout the years.

•First City-owned LEED Green Certified Building.

•National Arbor Day Foundation’s Growth Award for Arboricultural Excellence (four 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 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

FY22

•Six employees in the Other Personnel Services (OPS) classification were converted to permanent full-time positions.

•As part of an overall review of OPS positions citywide, the conversion provides employees with additional benefits such as matched annuity and City pension. Further, they strengthen the workforce and ensure the delivery of quality and efficient public services.

•The maintenance and horticultural technician positions that were converted provide landscape maintenance for rights-of-way and medians.


FY23-26

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 rights-of-way, and maintenance of City-owned cemeteries and lots.


Waste Management (Solid Waste)

FY22

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

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


FY23-26

The City will complete a rate study for the Solid Waste Fund in FY23.


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