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Curbside Collection & Recycling
Residential Solid Waste Services – Curbside Collection & Recycling (Blue Box)
The Public Utilities Department contracts with three private companies to collect residential garbage, recycling, and yard waste in unincorporated Hillsborough County.This service is paid for through a non ad valorem solid waste collection and disposal assessment on the annual property tax bill.

Residents receive two garbage pickups, one recycling pickup, and one yard waste pickup per week.These occur on either Monday / Thursday, Tuesday / Friday, or Wednesday / Saturday. See the Find Your Hauler page to find your hauler based on your address or folio number.

Accepted Items

Please refer to our It's Time to Talk Recycling brochure for additional information on the recyclables that are accepted curbside.

Holidays & Missed Pickups
Occasionally, your designated collection day will fall on a holiday. If this occurs, you may place twice the amount of garbage, recyclables, or yard waste out on your next scheduled collection day.

For example, if your recycling day is on a Monday, you may place out as much recycling as you have on the following Monday.If it’s been awhile, this may even mean using a separate container (like a large plastic storage bin) if your recycling bins are full. This is OK as long as our drivers can tell it is for recycling and do not take it as garbage.

County Holidays
Official county holidays are:
  • Christmas
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Memorial Day
  • New Year’s Day
  • Thanksgiving

Missed Pickups
If a resident does experience a missed pickup including recycling, solid waste, or yard waste,they are encouraged to call the Public Utilities Department at 813-272-5680 or 813-272-5977 to report this missed pickup.