Residential Curbside Collections Have Resumed Normal Operations
Hillsborough County Solid Waste has helpful information for residents and business owners who are cleaning up their yards after Hurricane Idalia.
Regular Curbside Yard Waste Collection
Regular curbside yard waste collection will resume Thursday, Aug. 31.
Damage assessment teams have determined that the amount and type of debris does not meet emergency levels. Contracted debris haulers for storm debris will not be activated. Residents should place their yard waste from Hurricane Idalia at the curb on their normal collection day. Please be patient with curbside yard waste collection over the next week as service may be delayed due to extra volumes of yard waste from the storm.
Curbside Pickup Guidelines
- Service providers will only collect the weekly set-out limit of 2 cubic yards or approximately twelve 30-gallon containers or bags each collection day
- Use your own cans, boxes, bags, or other containers to store your yard waste
- Each container cannot exceed 50 pounds
- Limbs and branches must be less than 4 feet long and no larger than 6 inches in diameter
- Yard waste must be bundled, neatly stacked, or placed in a yard waste container
- Yard waste must be placed within 6 feet of the curb
Find your collection day. Piles of leaves and small twigs must be bagged or placed in containers to be collected curbside.
Residential Yard Waste Drop-Off Sites
Residents can take yard waste to the County's two permanent yard waste processing facilities, which will resume normal operations on Thursday, Aug. 31. Normal operating hours are Monday through Saturday, 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Northwest County - 8001 W. Linebaugh Ave, Tampa, FL 33625
- South County - 13000 U.S. 41, Gibsonton, FL 33534
Residents must show a valid Florida ID showing the residential address of the property owner to receive yard waste disposal. Yard waste must not be bagged at the drop-off sites. Bagged waste must be emptied by the resident for disposal because plastic bags can damage the mulch-processing equipment.
As part of Hillsborough County's annual Solid Waste disposal assessment, residents may deliver up to 2 tons of yard waste per year at these facilities. Once these limits are reached, residents must pay standard fees.
Commercial businesses, including landscaping and tree trimming providers, are not able to use residential folio accounts to deliver yard waste on behalf of Hillsborough County residents. All commercial use is subject to standard fees.
Regular Solid Waste Services
Hillsborough County Solid Waste facilities will open Thursday, Aug. 31.
- Regular garbage, recycling, and yard waste collection will resume Thursday, Aug. 31.
- Hillsborough County Solid Waste facilities will have normal hours of operation starting Thursday, Aug. 31.
- 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. The commercial disposal fee is $44.55 per ton through Sept. 30, and $48.11 effective Oct. 1 due to the previously approved increase for Fiscal Year 2024.
No Open Burning
Residents are reminded that open burning of residential yard waste and household garbage or trash is prohibited in Hillsborough County. View the rules for 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 Idalia, visit HCFLGov.net/StaySafe and sign up for the HCFL Alert system. Additionally, you can follow Hillsborough County on social media at Facebook; X, formerly known as 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.