Commercial Trash Service

Commercial trash service is available to all county businesses approved through the Waste Profile Program. Trash must be designed to pre-screen commercial trash and identify whether it is suitable for disposal in the County's Solid Waste Management System. Hazardous waste is prohibited by law. Each customer wishing to dispose of commercial waste streams in Hillsborough County is required to complete and submit a countywide Solid Waste Profile Form prior to disposal.* All waste delivered by Commercial Customers will have standard commercial disposal charges, or tipping fees applied.

Trash and Recycling Fees - Residential and Commercial

General Waste Disposal

Commercial business customers disposing of general type waste streams such as (but not limited to) paper, plastic, cardboard, wood pieces, foodstuffs, etc. and contracting for service with a Franchise Hauler, must complete the Solid Waste Profile Form. See the instructions below.

Commercial Collection Contract Changes for 2022

The Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners awarded new Solid Waste Franchise Collection Agreements that will begin January 31, 2022. These Franchise Collectors are granted the exclusive right to provide commercial solid waste collection within the unincorporated areas of the county. All commercial customers will be required to use one of the authorized providers below for garbage collection services:

  • FCC Environmental Services FL LLC: (813) 999-0078
  • Republic Services of Florida: (813) 265-0292
  • Waste Management of Tampa: (866) 590-3844

Commercial customers are not required to stay with their current provider. We strongly encourage businesses to request quotes from all three Franchise Collectors to understand the cost and value of their collection service.

Important Dates

  • October 1, 2021 - Commercial customers may begin to negotiate and sign a new garbage collection contract that will be effective January 31, 2022.
  • January 31, 2022 - All existing commercial garbage collection service contracts, regardless of the expiration date, will become null and void with the expiration of the current Solid Waste Franchise Collection Agreements.

Commercial Trash Collection Changes FAQs

  1. What do the new Franchise Agreements mean to commercial garbage customers?

    All existing commercial garbage collection service contracts, regardless of the expiration date, will become null and void when the current Solid Waste Franchise Collection Agreements expire on January 31, 2022.

  2. When can businesses start to negotiate and sign new contracts to start in 2022?
    • Franchise Collectors are prohibited from soliciting, signing, or negotiating the terms of a solid waste contract prior to October 1, 2021.
    • Beginning October 1, 2021, commercial customers may negotiate and sign a new contract with any of the three Franchise Collectors for a new garbage collection contract that will be effective January 31, 2022.
    • The term of a contract cannot be longer than three years. Please do not sign multiple contracts for the same services with different Franchise Collectors.
  3. Do businesses have to sign a contract for 3 years with a Franchise Collector?

    No, businesses are not required to sign a 3-year contract with a Franchise Collector. Business owners and operators are encouraged to explore all options that will meet their business needs, this includes the terms of the agreement.

    Hillsborough County has information on best practices that may help you reduce your collection costs as you negotiate new solid waste collection contracts.

    We strongly encourage you to request quotes from all three Franchise Collectors to understand the cost and value of their collection service.

  4. What choices do businesses have for commercial garbage collection?

    Franchise Collectors are granted the exclusive right to provide commercial solid waste collection within the unincorporated areas of the county. All commercial customers who require garbage collection services must use one of these authorized providers.

    Commercial customers are not required to stay with the same vendor who is currently providing them garbage collection service. This is a good time to shop around among the three Franchise Collectors and determine the most competitive rates and agreement that is the best for your needs.

  5. Do businesses have to use one of the three Franchise Collectors for recycling collection?

    No, the new Franchise Collection Agreements do not apply to contracts for commercial recycling. Businesses may procure this service with any provider even if they are not one of the three authorized Franchise Collectors.

  6. What is a Solid Waste Profile Form?

    Solid waste profiles are used to collect waste disposal information from businesses on the types of waste disposed of in Hillsborough County’s system, such as the business container size, frequency of pickup, and other waste disposal information.

    Staff reviews this information to ensure there is no prohibited solid waste being disposed of at a County facility.

    All commercial garbage customers will be required to complete a new Hillsborough County Solid Waste Profile Form – even if a form is currently on file – before collection services can begin under new contracts.

  7. What are the rules on commercial collection frequency and container locations?
    • Commercial collection service must be provided at least once per week unless the County approves an alternate collection schedule
    • Businesses must ensure that the container is not overfilled, and solid waste is not placed outside the container between collection days
    • Commercial containers must meet all County setbacks and may not be placed on the County’s right-of-way

    For general questions on County minimum service requirements, contact Solid Waste Customer Service at (813) 272-5680.

Special Waste Disposal

Non-hazardous waste materials requiring special handling or that may be contaminated, must receive special approval prior to disposal. Examples include asbestos-containing materials, industrial process waste (filter cake, sand blast media, sludge, etc.), and incinerator ash. Please contact the Solid Waste Management Division at (813) 272-5680 or send an email to PUD SpecialWaste@HCFLGov.net to obtain a form for Special Waste. These waste streams may require analytical testing and usually require an in-house committee review for consideration of approval.

Non-Acceptable Waste

  • Bio-hazardous waste
  • Containerized waste
  • Hazardous waste
  • Liquid waste
  • Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)
  • Radioactive waste
    Sealed, 55-gallon drums

Create a Solid Waste Profile

If your business has a contract for waste hauling service with one of the Franchise Haulers listed below or plans to self-haul waste, you may need a waste profile before you can dispose of your waste. Request a waste profile by emailing PUD-SpecialWaste@HCFLGov.net with your contact information and a description of your waste or by calling (813) 272-5680. Commercial facilities that only have yard waste for disposal do not need to obtain approval. 

Authorized franchise haulers (Through January 30, 2022)