Hillsborough County – 5 Steps to Using Your Curbside Roll Carts


sent February 14, 2022 | 12:11 p.m

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Hillsborough County’s weekly home pickup service includes two garbage pickups, one recycling pickup, and one yard waste pickup.

For garbage and recycling:

  1. Fill the GRAY cart with trash and the BLUE cart with recyclables.
  2. Everything has to fit in the carts to be picked up.
  3. On collection days, tip the carts and roll to the curb by 6 a.m.
  4. Follow the 3-foot rule: keep carts at least 3 feet from other carts, mailboxes, cars, trees, shrubs, fire hydrants, and utility poles.
  5. Look for the arrows on each wagon cover. Park the carts on the side of the road with the arrows pointing towards the road.

Garbage: This includes household waste, food waste, soiled paper, diapers and non-recyclable packaging. Pack all rubbish before placing it in the GRAY cart.

Recycling: This includes clean, dry and empty accepted program points such as plastic food and beverage containers, aluminum beverage cans, metal food containers, food and beverage cartons, office paper, magazines, newspapers and flat-laid cardboard. All recyclables should be placed loosely in the BLUE cart – not bagged.

Find pickup days by using the Solid Waste Information Viewer. Contact Solid waste from Hillsborough County to report missed pickups, arrange for a collective pickup, report damaged or missing carts, and arrange all other pickup service requirements.

Beyond the carts

For garden waste:
Garden waste is picked up manually at the curb. Follow these guidelines:

  • Use your own cans, boxes, bags or other containers for grass clippings, leaves, shrub clippings and other garden debris. Help keep the county’s mulch product clean by not using plastic bags for branches.
  • Branches and other large cuttings can also be bundled and stacked.
  • Individual pieces must be no longer than 4 feet or 6 inches in diameter.
  • Each container, bundle, bag or individual item must not exceed 50 pounds.
  • You can put up to twelve 30-gallon containers of yard waste or 2 cubic yards of stacked material each week.

Seasonal Note: During February, March and April, customers can place up to eighteen 30-gallon containers of yard waste or 3 cubic yards of stacked material each week.

For bulky waste:
Furniture, appliances, mattresses, air conditioners, water heaters and other large items cannot be picked up by the automated trucks. Bring these items to a Municipal collection point for free disposal (subject to annual quantity limitation). Or contact Hillsborough County Solid Wasteto arrange a collection for a fee.

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