Solid Waste Management Hardship / Affordability Credit


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The Solid Waste Management Hardship/Affordability Credit is an assistance program that helps eligible homeowners cover their annual Solid Waste Management Disposal and/or Collection Assessment.

The solid waste exemption will provide a $60 credit (a $45 credit against the disposal fee and $15 credit against the collection fee) that will be issued against the solid waste collection and disposal fee for an approved property.


Eligible homeowners must apply for the program, submit all required supporting documentation, and meet all criteria listed below:

  1. The property must be a single-family residence, which is owner-occupied and with a homestead exemption.
  2. The total income of all residents within the household, including owners of the property, must be at or below 100% of the Federal Poverty Level as determined each year by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  3. The property must have a taxable value of less than $100,000 after exemptions.

If eligible, applicants will receive an approval letter and a portion of the Solid Waste Management Disposal and/or Collection Assessment will be paid under the Hardship Program on the next Tax Bill. Applicants must apply by July 31, 2022 to be included in the following year’s Hardship Exemption. If approved, the County will pay a portion of the homeowner’s Solid Waste Management Disposal and/or Collection Assessment for the approved year. Residents must reapply every year.

Eligibility for the Solid Waste Management Hardship/Affordability Credit

Applicants will be asked the following questions to determine eligibility:

  1. Are you a Hillsborough County resident?
  2. Do you own your property?
  3. Is your property located in unincorporated Hillsborough County?
  4. Is your property a single-family residence?
  5. Do you claim a homestead exemption on your property?
  6. How many people live in the household?
  7. What is your household’s adjusted gross income (as listed on your 1040)?
  8. Does the property have a taxable value of less than $100,000 after exemptions?

Check a property’s taxable home value using the Hillsborough County Property Appraiser’s Basic Property Search tool.

Additional qualifications may be necessary to determine eligibility. Applicants will be informed at the time of application.

Things To Consider

  • To apply for the hardship affordability credit program, you must submit all required information online by July 31, 2022.
  • Approval from the County is required to receive exemption status. 

How To

If you think you qualify for assistance, please apply online for the Solid Waste Hardship Affordability Credit Program.

  • All necessary documentation includes:
    • Social Security number verification for each household member
    • Identification for all members of the household:
      • Copy of valid (not expired) identification for all adult household members, including yourself
      • Copy of identification for all minor household members (birth certificate, school records, or immunization records)
    • Copy of 2021 Federal income tax return to verify household income (Form 1040 – both pages)
    • Verification of Solid Waste Management Disposal and/or Collection Assessment obligation
  • Additional requirements may be necessary for eligibility determination depending on each household situation.
  • All eligible applicants who apply for the hardship affordability credit program will be considered but must apply and provide all necessary eligibility documents by July 31, 2022.

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