As part of an ongoing expansion and renovation at the Hillsborough County community collection center in Apollo Beach, the center's entrance has been moved permanently to Powell Road. The center's main entrance, which is located at 13000 U.S. Highway 41 South, will continue to be used primarily by commercial customers.
The Hillsborough Solid Waste Management's South County transfer facility needed to grow in order to accommodate the expanding population base in the area, says James Ransom, community relations coordinator for Hillsborough solid waste management department.
"The original site had been there for many years," says Ransom. "The facilities out there were not adequate and were depreciating over time because of age. What had to happen was, we had to, in our long-range plan, come up with a capital improvement project that would improve the facility and accommodate the capacity of solid waste being generated there now and in the future."
The county's community collection centers accept collectible waste, non-collectible waste, scrap metal, tires and lead-acid batteries. The new Powell Road entrance for the South County facility is the same entrance currently used to access the household chemicals and electronics disposal facility.
Hillsborough County's community collection centers are open weekdays, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
A similar expansion and renovation project is scheduled to begin this year at the Northwest County facility at 8001 W Linebaugh Ave. A major focus there will be alleviating potential traffic backup on Linebaugh Avenue, Ransom says.
The renovation and expansion at the Northwest County facility is scheduled to be completed by the the winter of 2011.
Writer: Carter Gaddis
Source: James Ransom, Hillsborough County