Beginning June 1, commercial solid waste customers within Hillsborough County's service area may enter into new collection services contracts with any of three county-authorized companies.
In January, Hillsborough County commissioners awarded new Solid Waste Franchise Collection Agreements to Republic Services of Florida, Waste Management Inc. of Florida and Waste Services of Florida. The new agreements go into effect Oct. 1.
These companies are granted the exclusive right to provide commercial solid waste collection within the unincorporated areas of the county. All commercial customers who require garbage collection services must use one of these providers.
Before new service can begin Oct. 1, all commercial solid waste customers must complete and submit a Solid Waste Profile Form to the Public Utilities Department. As of June 1, the form can be found online at www.HillsboroughCounty.org/WasteProfileForm. A printed copy also is available from the franchise collectors.
The program is designed to ensure that solid waste generated in Hillsborough County is properly disposed of in a safe and effective manner. The collectors cannot provide commercial solid waste collection services until the required form has been reviewed and approved by the county. This new form must be completed even if one has been submitted previously.
All existing commercial garbage collection service contracts, regardless of the expiration date, will become null and void when the current Solid Waste Franchise Collection Agreements expire on Sept. 30.
Commercial customers are not required to stay with the same vendor that currently providing their garbage collection service. This is a good time for businesses to determine the most competitive rates and agreement that best meets their needs.
The new agreements do not apply to contracts for commercial recycling. Businesses may contract for commercial recycling service with any provider, even if they are not one of the three authorized franchise collectors.
Effective Oct. 1, commercial customers also may contract for construction and demolition debris removal with any provider.
Business owners can reach Republic Services of Florida at (813) 265-0292; Waste Management Inc. of Florida at (813) 621-3053; and Waste Services of Florida at (813) 248-3802.
For more information, call Hillsborough County Public Utilities Department Customer Service at (813) 272-5680.