Residents can conveniently drop off donations and refuse at the same time and place

Decluttering your home and yard can create a feeling of renewal and satisfaction, but it can be a daunting task. Once you sort your separate piles into trash and donations, what do you do with them? Hillsborough County's Donation & Waste Diversion Program can help with that.

This program allows Hillsborough County residential solid waste customers to donate items and toss trash in one stop, saving time while making a positive social and environmental impact.

The Donation & Waste Diversion Program began as a pilot in September 2022 when Hillsborough County Solid Waste Management partnered with Goodwill Industries-Suncoast, Inc. to rescue reusable items from ending up in the landfill. Since then, the program has seen substantial demand and expanded to include a second location.

Don't ditch it; donate it

Instead of throwing out items that can be reused and taking up precious space in the County's landfill, residents are encouraged to donate them. Donating has a positive social impact by aiding those in need.

Furthermore, donors can receive a donation receipt that can be used to claim a tax deduction. Just as important as donating is to shop second-hand for reused goods, which can save money and avoids the emissions and resources required to make something brand new.

When you donate your items through the Donation & Waste Diversion Program, you have the advantage of knowing which objects can be accepted, and which cannot. Because you're already at a solid waste facility, it's convenient to dispose of items then and there that cannot be donated.

The following collection centers allow residents to donate and discard items.

What can you donate?

Items accepted by Goodwill through the Donation & Waste Diversion Program:

  • Clothing
  • Shoes
  • Accessories (belts, purses, hats, etc.)
  • Home décor items (vases, sculptures, artwork, etc.)
  • Kitchen wares (dishes, cookware, flatware, etc.)
  • Tools
  • Toys
  • Small furniture items
  • Working electronics (no TVs or computer monitors)

Items NOT accepted by Goodwill through the Donation & Waste Diversion Program:

  • Mattresses
  • TVs
  • Appliances
  • Large furniture
  • Adult-size bikes
  • Any broken or damaged items deemed not saleable
  • Hazardous waste/chemicals

Unwanted items not accepted for donation can be disposed at Community Collection Centers.

Who can donate through the Donation & Waste Diversion Program?

The Donation & Waste Diversion Program is only open to Hillsborough County residential solid waste customers. If you pay for the annual solid waste assessment on your property tax bill and receive curbside waste collection from Hillsborough County, you may dispose and donate items through the Donation & Waste Diversion Program.

To donate and dispose of bulky items and appliances not accepted for donation, residents must bring a photo ID showing their address and a printed or digital copy of their annual Hillsborough County property tax bill.

Only a photo ID is required for disposing of household hazardous waste and paint and electronics*. Photo IDs are not required for disposing of general recyclables.

More information

For information about collection schedules, where to discard various items, and more, visit Hillsborough County Trash & Recycling. If you have questions, call Solid Waste Customer Service at (813) 272-5680.

Image Caption: Donation items are loaded into a Goodwill bin at the South County Solid Waste Facility.
Posted: 4/1/2024, 4:15:24 PM