Tampa, Florida, is located in Hillsborough County, which is responsible for trash collection and waste disposal. While paper products, plastics and yard waste are available for curbside collection, there is a special protocol for larger or potentially dangerous items such as mattresses, paint or pool chemicals.
Find your current tax bill that clearly shows solid waste assessments. This tax bill will help you avoid a fee when you take your mattress to a community collection center. Without your current tax bill showing solid waste assessments, you may be levied a fee for disposing a mattress. Fees vary by collection center and year.
Hire a solid waste franchise collector, or the individual service charged with collection and disposing of your trash. These businesses may be willing to collect items not accepted on normal curbside pickup for an extra fee. Fees vary by franchise collector. For further information regarding special collection, contact the Hillsborough County Solid Waste Management Department at 813-272-5680 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit www.hillsboroughcounty.org/solidwaste.
Contact the closest community collection center to confirm that they will accept your mattress. Each center has different protocols regarding what kind of non-curbside items they will accept. See Resources for contact information.