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Posted October 16, 2017 | 4:45 PM

Storm Debris Collection for Hurricane Irma

County contractors continue to work seven days a week to pick up debris from Hurricane Irma. We appreciate your support and patience as we aggressively clean up our county. The goal is to substantially complete collection of hurricane-related debris on all streets in unincorporated Hillsborough County, along nearly 4,400 miles of roadway, by mid-November (60 days post storm).

Due to the type and quantity of debris at each home, the time it takes to collect varies from 20 minutes to several hours. Our crews are working throughout the unincorporated county, moving from urban areas to rural neighborhoods. The tracking tool below shows the progress of the County’s debris collection efforts and can help residents estimate when their debris may be collected.

Debris Collection Status

We are committed to keeping our residents informed and providing excellent customer service.  Our Solid Waste customer service representatives are available to assist you at (813) 272-5680 or through At Your Service.

Storm debris collection and disposal within the municipalities are being handled by the individual cities: TampaTemple Terrace, and Plant City.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here’s what you can expect during the cleanup process:

Bags, containers, and small bundles

  • These items will likely be picked up sooner than large piles requiring claw trucks. Leaves and small twigs should be placed in bags for collection by your weekly yard waste service provider. Limbs and branches less than 4 feet long and 6 inches in diameter should be neatly stacked. Piles of leaves and twigs will not be collected.
Yard debris - Franchise hauler example
Franchise Hauler Collection: Normal weekly yard waste service providers are only collecting the standard 2 cubic yards of debris per household in bags, containers, or neat stacks.
Loose Yard Waste
Loose Debris: Piles of small loose items, such as leaves and twigs, cannot be collected. Bag or place these items into containers for weekly yard waste collection.

Claw trucks and large item pick up

  • Vegetative debris pick up is occurring by special contractors, and crews are working hard seven days a week to pick up as much large debris as possible using heavy equipment. Contractors are working systematically through the county to service all neighborhoods.
  • Non-vegetative debris is only being collected from residential properties impacted by floodwaters or who experienced structural damage to their homes or accessory structures directly caused by Hurricane Irma. Residents must complete a removal form for non-vegetative debris by Oct. 13, 2017 to qualify for free collection.
Yard debris - Contractor example
Contractor Collection: Special debris removal contractors are collecting large quantities of yard debris placed within the public right of way in front of residential properties impacted by Hurricane Irma.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Bag and bundle as much of your vegetative debris as possible. Up to 2 cubic yards of debris in bags, containers, and bundles will be collected weekly by your regular yard waste service provider. If bagged yard waste is not picked up during your regular weekly yard waste service, please report a missed collection at (813) 272-5680.
  • You can immediately drop off yard debris at one of three regular yard waste collection sites throughout Hillsborough County.
  • Keep bagged or container yard debris, household waste, bulk waste, and recyclables separate from large storm debris.
  • Remember to place all large debris at the curb in the public right of way in front of the impacted residential property. Do not place debris in the roadway, on sidewalks or storm drains, or near fire hydrants, mailboxes, street signs, light poles, and other hazards for claw trucks.
  • If you have larger items such as appliances or furniture that were damaged in the storm, please call (813) 272-5680 (Monday- Friday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.) to discuss disposal or collection options.

Drop off Storm Debris

Residents can also dispose of yard debris at one of the County's three yard waste collection sites listed below, Monday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Residents must show a valid Florida driver's license to receive free yard waste disposal.

Extended Debris Disposal Hours

Commercial businesses and landscapers can also take yard waste to the yard waste processing sites and must pay the $38.01 per ton disposal fee.

Drop off Bulky Waste

Hillsborough County residents can drop off non-vegetative storm debris at any of the County's Community Collection Centers. In order to receive free disposal, residents must show a valid photo ID displaying the residential address of the property owner and a copy of their annual Hillsborough County Property Tax Bill.

Communities with Homeowners' Associations

Hillsborough County has requested that all homeowners' associations work with their residents during the Hurricane Irma recovery efforts pertaining to leaving yard debris at the curb. Hillsborough County's contracted storm debris removal teams will be working throughout the county to remove yard debris over the next several weeks, which necessitates residents leaving yard debris at the right of way for collection. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time of recovery.

No Open Burning 

Residents are reminded that open burning of residential yard waste and household garbage or trash without a permit from the Fire Marshal's Office is prohibited in Hillsborough County.

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 or submitting an online report through At Your Service. If you witness dumping in progress, please call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office non-emergency line at (813) 247-8200.


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