TAMPA — The city will close its South Tampa yard-waste disposal site near MacDill Air Force Base on Sept. 1 to save money, officials said Friday.
From July 9 to Aug. 31, the brush site, at 7215 S Manhattan Ave., will be open Saturdays only from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Closing the site will save about $275,500 annually, said Tonja Brickhouse, the city's director of solid waste.
The city's solid waste department is projected to run a $3.4 million operating shortfall this year and a $4.1 million shortfall next year. That's partly because a slowdown in the economy has reduced the tonnages of waste the department handles and partly because there hasn't been a rate increase in recent years.
Mayor Bob Buckhorn said earlier this week he's likely to recommend an increase in commercial pickup rates.
"Clearly for the rates for commercial pickup need to be adjusted and haven't been for years," he said.
Residents still can dispose of up to 6 cubic yards of brush at the McKay Bay Transfer Station, 114 S 34th St., from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Residents must present a valid Florida ID and city of Tampa utility bill to use the brush sites. Commercial customers must use the McKay Bay Transfer Station.
For more information, call city utility services at (813) 348-1111 or visit tampagov.net/solidwaste.