Solid Waste & Environmental Program Management

Fiscal Year 2022 Operating and Capital Budget

Department Finance Information

DEPARTMENT NAME: Solid Waste & Environmental Program Management



The Department of Solid Waste and Environmental Program Management’s vision is to be recognized as a world-class organization in the provision of waste resource management and the public’s choice for safe and innovative services. Its mission is to enhance the quality of life within our community while providing industry leading collection, disposal, and environmental services.


  • Complete bi-weekly scheduled preventative maintenance inspections to maintain a fleet availability at or above 80%.
  • Continuing to increase the McKay Bay Waste-to-Energy facility’s availability and reliability by investing in improvements to the plant, such as updating the outdated distributive control system, refurbish the facility refuse cranes, overhaul a 35-year-old turbine and replace the original cooling tower by the end of FY22. These improvements will help the facility reach and maintain operational availability at or above 95% to minimize waste diversions.
  • With the opening of a state of the art transfer station, the McKay Bay Disposal Complex will be able to sustain Tampa’s continued growth by increasing the tipping floor space from 12,000 square feet to 30,395 square feet with added convenience, safety focused customer traffic patterns, signage and unloading bays. This will reduce the customers average overall time at the facility to under 30 minutes from arrival to departure.
  • Reduce recycling contamination from 35.7% to below 30% to protect the City’s recycling programs. This will be measured through annual composition studies through the Processing and Marketing of Recyclable Materials agreement. The Department will establish a schedule for continuous field cart inspections, enhanced education, outreach campaigns, partnerships with local institutions and community engagement.
  • Incorporate route software management tools to improve service delivery and operational procedures in FY22. This initiative will decrease and equalize collection points on each route, while reducing average time on routes to below 10 hours for residential and 8 hours for commercial routes.
  • Finalize Solid Waste Code Revisions, last updated in 1989, to accurately reflect current collection methods and industry best practices
  • Reduce overtime costs by lowering the departmental vacancy rate to below 5% using improved hiring outreach efforts and onboarding practices and implementing collection and special event clean-up industry best practices.

Current Operations and Initiatives:

  • We will continue to be a sustainability leader in greenhouse gas emission reduction with the use of our on-site Compressed Natural Gas fueling station that was completed in FY20 and increasing the departmental alternative fuel vehicles to nearly 100
  • Completing commercial account and service audits to ensure accurate container types, collection schedules and billing
  • Converting the current Scalehouse vehicle weighing and reporting system to an advanced level vehicle weighing system that uses state of the art technology to capture real-time, key disposal information like tonnage, commodities and customers for proper planning to ensure long term, maintainable and environmentally responsible disposal options
  • Reduce solid waste collection accidents and incidents, the nation’s 3rd most dangerous industry, by proactive safety observations, increased precautionary training, communications, incentive programs and technology.

Department Performance Measure

Disposal Methods

City of Tampa Solid Waste System uses various disposal methods to manage and monitor waste materials as it moves through the waste stream. The McKay Bay Waste-to-Energy Facility is the primary disposal method, and generates enough electricity to supply up to 15,000 homes. Our McKay Bay transfer Station receives wastes from the solid waste department collection crews, other city departments, private waste haulers, and residential utility customers.

CNG Fleet Impact

The Department is committed to reducing its carbon footprint, and currently has 22 compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks in its fleet, which contribute to the goal by reducing the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted. CNG trucks are environmentally-friendly vehicles that emit approximately 40 percent less greenhouse gases than diesel trucks; they offer extended engine life and cost less to maintain.

McKay Bay Homes Powered

This chart represents how many homes the McKay Bay Waste to Energy Facility is able to power.

Recycling Tonnage by Month

This chart represents the recycling tonnage per month that the Solid Waste and Environmental Program Managment Department collects.

Operating Budget Analysis

Charges for Services decrease from Revised FY2021 is primarly due to the outage at the McKay Bay Waste to Engery Facility for repair and maintanence.

Personnel Expenses increase from Revised FY2021 is due to increase in salaries, pension contributions, and healthcare costs. Personnel Expenses does not reflect six Neighborhood & Community Affairs Department positions that the Solid Waste & Environment Program Managment Department funds for $598,414. Operating Expenses increase from Revised FY2021 is due to the McKay Bay Waste to Energy Facility and the opening of the new McKay Bay Transfer Station.

Operating Budget

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An image depicting a City of Tampa Solid Waste & Environmental Program Management Department Employees at the recycling program booth.
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Capital Project Details

The Solid Waste Department’s FY2022 capital improvement budget of $22.5 million is funded by solid waste system revenues and recovered system revenues as part of the American Rescue Plan Act. The capital improvement budget includes $10.1 million for various improvement projects to the McKay Bay WTE facility including replacing the cooling tower and condensate system, turbine overhaul, and other facility improvements. This capital improvement budget also includes $8.5 million for the Solid Waste Relocation Plan project, $0.8 million for the Solid Waste Route Optimization, and $3.1 million for various solid waste system related projects and improvements.

The Capital Improvement Program Budget does not include cost allocation in FY2023-FY2026.

For a PDF Collection of Project Detail pages, click here.

Note: "To Date" Budget and Actual Balances on PDF pages are as of preparation of the budget and may not match the "To Date" balances on department pages.

Capital Improvement Program Budget

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An image depicting the construction of the new transfer station at McKay Bay.

Total Budget*

*Total budget might vary from the sum of operating and capital budgets by funds appropriated under other departments.

Budgeted Position Counts

Solid Waste & Environmental Program Mangement Department in Action

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