Disposing of old furniture, appliances, mattresses, tires, and other hefty junk is easy in Hillsborough County.
Residents each year may discard up to 10 cubic yards - about 3,000 pounds - of materials that are too big for regular curbside pickups, and up to a dozen tires. Hillsborough County Solid Waste accepts the weighty trash as part of residents' annual assessments for solid waste disposal.
To drop off junk, residents must have a photo ID and a copy of their latest property tax bill. People who don't own property in the county may take junk to any Solid Waste facility with a scale house, where they will pay about $7 per 200 pounds to unload junk.
If you don't want to haul large items to a dumping facility, your waste hauler will collect them at your curb for fees generally ranging from $15 to $125, depending on the number of items and their size.
It's one of a handful of ways residents can dispose of used and broken stuff. Along with curbside pickups of trash, there are facilities for household hazardous waste, paint and electronics, and yard trimmings that exceed curbside pickup limits.
Recycling is encouraged. Learn what materials are appropriate for disposal in your gray (routine trash) and blue (recycling) curbside carts.
Hillsborough County's website has details about these and other types of refuse disposal. Still have a question? Call (813) 272-5680.