SEFFNER, Fla. (FOX 13) - In rolling hills outside of Tampa, trash is taking flight – well, sort of. The Hillsborough Heights Solid Waste Facility is home to a unique brand of airmen.
They're called TRAC: The Tampa Radio-Control Aircraft Club. They take off, land, and sometimes crash just feet away from one of the Bay Area's biggest landfills.
Scott Kantrowitz, the president of the club, says flying next to the trash site sometimes has its pitfalls. "We actually have to be aware that it is a landfill. So for example if a plane goes down we're not allowed to jump the fence and go grab the plane.”
Through a unique partnership with Hillsborough County, the club leases the land and becomes caretaker.
"The amount they pay is $10 a year but the real benefit to the county is they actually maintain these 13 acres that they occupy, which is a real savings to the county," explained Solid Waste director Kimberly Byer.
As it turned out, the closed landfill became a great place to take flight. "We need a lot of airspace, so the landfill is just absolutely perfect because very few people want to build a facility on top of a closed landfill," Kantrowitz continued.
In the future, other land-use partnerships like the one by Trac and Hillsborough County could be on the horizon. But for now, these guys are having the time of their lives on a unique airfield where one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.