Multi-Family Recycling Program Tool-Kits Are Available Here
New Recycling & Waste Management Ordinance (Ord. 18-03)
The City's previous sanitation ordinance was outdated and did not delineate today's practices. The re-written ordinance aims to accomplish several goals including:
- Establishes the framework for a universal multi-family recycling program;
- Encourages recycling and other best practices;
- Clarifies roles of the City and its residents and to increase compliance;
- Simplifies the language making it easier to understand.
The ordinance was passed on April 17, 2018 and is available here.
Universal Multi-Family Recycling Plan
Nearly 50% of Treasure Island’s residents live in multi-family housing. A multi-family recycling program will allow for equitable recycling opportunities for all residents. The plan is intended to increase recycling convenience and participation and may also allow for the elimination of some drop-off centers and may reduce program costs.
As of today, the City is has two recycling drop-off centers that multi-family residents can use: one at City Hall and one at Treasure Bay. The cost of these centers makes up about half of the City's entire recycling contract and they are often contaminated with non-recyclables such as grocery bags and furniture. Today, single family residents are paying the vast majority of the cost for the drop-off centers. The City often receives complaints from multi-family residents that they have to drive to the drop-off centers with their recycling and request that recycling be made available on-site.
This program will allow for the City to bid out all multi-family complexes under one contract to achieve the best price. Today, a single family resident pays $11.50 per month for recycling. The cost to multi-family units will most likely be less than this amount and the cost to the single family residents will be reduced as well. The cost of multi-family trash service may decrease as well since a fair amount of the items entering waste dumpsters will likely be diverted to recycling.
Once the proposed Recycling & Waste Management Ordinance is approved by the City Commission, the City's Public Works staff will be reaching out to multi-family owners and property mangers so that we can work together to determine how to best provide recycling at your complex.
Please contact the Public Works Department at 727-547-4575 x251 with any questions.