Hurricane Debris Removal

Most critical to an efficient and cost effective debris removal effort is the separation of debris by category. These categories dictate how debris will be removed, handled and finally disposed of. Foremost in the process is the differentiation between your household waste and debris. The City and its waste hauler, All Service Refuse, will ensure that the removal of household solid waste (garbage) is a priority immediately following a hurricane. Standard waste collection procedures will still apply, with routes being reinstated as soon as possible.

Hurricane debris is categorized as:

Vegetative Debris
Tree limbs, branches, trunks and stumps that can readily placed in the swale, or on the curb, adjacent to the roadway.

Construction and Demolition Debris (C & D)
Those materials that have been destroyed and damaged as a result of the hurricane, such as roof tiles and shingles, siding and fascia, fences, screens and framing, wet carpet and padding, etc.

Hazardous Materials
Household hazardous waste includes paints, drain cleaners, motor oil fuel, antifreeze, poisons, pesticides, herbicides, fluorescent lamps, some cleaning chemicals, etc. Make sure these items are in appropriate containers.

Finally, the debris removal effort requires a significant mobilization process. The debris removal contractor is responsible for preparation of the TDRS (Temporary Debris Reduction Site) and is required to have all equipment utilized in the operation certified in accordance with FEMA guidelines. It will be at least five to seven days before debris removal is in full operation in residential areas. This timing is also important to give homeowners sufficient time to perform clean up of their property and to properly place debris for removal.