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Posted September 30, 2022 | 2:56 PM

Hillsborough County Residential Yard Waste Debris Disposal and Collection Guidelines

Hurricane Ian Update No. 23

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Sept. 30, 2022) – Hillsborough County Solid Waste Department is providing helpful information for residents and business owners who are cleaning up their yards after Hurricane Ian.

Residential Storm Debris Drop-Off Sites

Residents can take yard debris to the County's four residential storm debris drop-off sites during extended hours of operation Monday through Sunday, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. These hours will remain in effect until further notice.

  • Northwest County – 8001 W. Linebaugh Ave, Tampa, FL 33625
  • South County – 13000 U.S. 41, Gibsonton, FL 33534
  • Hillsborough Heights – 6209 County Rd 579, Seffner, FL 33584
  • Falkenburg Yard Waste Site – 350 Falkenburg Road, Tampa, FL 33619

Residents must show a valid Florida ID to receive free yard waste disposal. Yard waste must not be bagged at the drop-off sites. Bagged waste must be emptied by the resident for disposal, as plastic bags can damage the mulch-processing equipment.

Large Storm-Related Debris Curbside Collection

Hillsborough County contractors have to collect debris from nearly 3,000 miles of centerline road, so Solid Waste staff is asking residents to be patient if their home is not collected immediately as the County’s priority is still ensuring power service is restored and that public health and safety issues are quickly resolved.

Beginning Thursday, Oct. 6, Hillsborough County contracted disaster debris haulers will be working systematically through unincorporated Hillsborough County to collect yard waste storm debris related to Hurricane Ian. Residents must have large storm debris placed at the curb by Monday, Oct. 10. Due to the large size of the County’s service area, it may take several weeks to collect all debris.

Follow these rules to ensure your debris is collected:

  • Place yard waste debris away from mailboxes, water meters, street signs, light poles, and fire hydrants to allow room for heavy machinery to pick up debris.
  • Do not place debris in the roadway or on top of storm drains.
  • Do not mix household waste, bulk waste, or recyclables with storm debris.
  • Debris contractors and your regular waste hauler will not be picking up small piles of leaves and twigs, so please ensure these are placed in bags or containers for efficient collection.
  • All yard waste storm debris must be placed at the curb in the public right of way. Debris placed on private property will not be collected.

Regular Curbside Yard Waste Collection

Regular curbside yard waste collection will resume Monday, Oct. 3; however, at this time only bagged or containerized yard waste will be collected curbside by your regular waste hauler. Find your collection day here. Piles of leaves and small twigs must be bagged or placed in containers to be collected curbside.

Regular Solid Waste Services

  • Hillsborough County Solid Waste facilities have been reopened, starting Friday, Sept. 30.
  • Regular garbage and recycling collection will resume Friday, Sept. 30. Curbside yard waste collection will resume Monday, Oct. 3.
  • Hillsborough County Solid Waste facilities will have normal hours of operation starting Friday, Sept. 30. Hillsborough County residents can drop off non-yard waste storm debris at any of the County’s Community Collection Centers. Residents must show a valid photo ID displaying the residential address of the property owner and a copy of your annual Hillsborough County property tax bill showing the current solid waste assessment to receive free disposal.
  • Storm debris collection and disposal within the municipalities are being handled by the individual cities: Tampa, Temple Terrace, and Plant City.

For more information on County collections and disposal options, call the Hillsborough County Solid Waste Customer Service number at (813) 272-5680.

Commercial Disposal of Yard Waste

Commercial businesses and landscapers can also take yard waste to the two yard waste processing sites located at 8001 W. Linebaugh Ave., Tampa, FL 33625 and 13000 U.S. 41, Gibsonton, FL 33534. They must pay the $42.62 per ton disposal fee through Sept. 30 and $44.55 effective Oct. 1 due to the previously approved increase for Fiscal Year 2023.

No Open Burning
Residents are reminded that open burning of residential yard waste and household garbage or trash is prohibited in Hillsborough County. Click here for more information on the rules of open burning.

Illegal Dumping of Debris
Tree-trimming and landscape businesses discarding storm debris on rights of way is considered illegal dumping. All debris collected by privately hired companies should be loaded and transported by the company to a permitted waste disposal site. Residents and businesses are encouraged to report illegal dumping of storm debris or other waste in the public right of way of unincorporated Hillsborough County by contacting Code Enforcement at (813) 274-6600. If you witness dumping in progress, please call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office non-emergency line at (813) 247-8200.

Get Connected. Stay Alert.
For more information on Hillsborough County’s response to Hurricane Ian, visit HCFLGov.net/StaySafe and sign up for the HCFL Alert system. Additionally, you can follow Hillsborough County on social media at Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor for updates.


Residents without digital access are encouraged to call 833-HC STORM or 833-427-8676, the County's storm information line, or visit HCFLGov.net/StaySafe.

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