ORLANDO, Fla. – Many streets in Central Florida are damaged in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.
Trash pick-ups are being rescheduled and storm debris is being picked up.
Debris should be separated into piles: vegetation, structural, household hazardous waste, electronics and appliances.
Residential pickups resume on Friday, Sept. 30, for carted garbage, carted recycling and containerized yard waste only.
Saturday residential customers will also be serviced on Saturday, Oct. 1, for carted garbage, carted recycling, and containerized yard waste only.
Wednesday customers will be serviced on Saturday, Oct. 1, for garbage and recyclables will be serviced on Wednesday, Oct. 5.
Waste Management will attempt service Saturday morning, also, for any Friday residential customers who were unable to be serviced on Friday. For safety reasons, the county said Waste Management cannot service residents on flooded or impassable streets.
On Friday, Oct. 7, the county said residents should have storm-generated debris ready for pickup after the weekend, as collection was expected to begin late the next week. Bagged debris should not be placed in the right-of-way as only loose debris will be collected, the county said in a statement.
“Private homeowners associations will have to make their own arrangements,” county engineer Faith Alkhatib said. “This collection is only for those who live on public, unincorporated roadways.”
Hazardous waste should be brought to the Flagler County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center, located at 1700 South Old Kings Road, during operating hours Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
There will not be any rescheduled pick-ups for days missed during Hurricane Ian.
The county said last week that regular garbage collection would resume on the then-next regularly scheduled weekday in Palm Coast and unincorporated Flagler County, as both entities are served by Waste Pro, and that Bunnell would resume garbage collection on Monday, Oct. 3.
Solid Waste collection services will resume for Lake County Solid Waste customers on Friday, Sept. 30, if it is their regular collection day. Please leave your bins out, as they may be collected outside of your regular schedule.
The county said it is not picking up storm debris and any debris will be accepted at Marion County recycling centers and the baseline landfill.
Orange County announced on Saturday that the Orange County landfill and transfer stations will be open for county residents on Sunday, Oct. 2 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- The landfill is located in east Orange County at 5901 Young Pine Road
- The transfer stations are in central and west Orange County at 5000 L.B. McLeod Road and 1326 Good Homes Road
- No commercial, account or roll-off customers will be accepted on Sunday
They also noted that during storm recovery, residents in unincorporated Orange County who have curbside collection services can place excess household garbage that does not fit in the green lid roll cart out for collection on their next large item pickup day. To verify collection days, visit www.ocfl.net/CollectionSchedule. Please keep garbage separated from yard waste, and leave carts and items curbside for service.
Yard waste placed out according to the weekly setout guidelines for three cubic yards, including bundles of three feet or less and under 60 pounds each will be picked up as regular curbside yard waste; however, delays are expected over the next few weeks. The county will provide a separate storm debris collection program and details will be announced separately.
The current plan for debris and trash pickup, if water recedes to allow for solid waste vehicles to operate safely is as follows:
The city will begin debris pick up will begin Friday, Sept. 30. Residents can help expedite the yard waste collection process by doing the following:
- Place debris at the curb, not in the street
- Bag and bundle yard waste
- Separate yard waste and building materials
Residential and commercial trash pickup on Saturday, Oct. 1. This will cover skipped pickups from Wednesday, Sept. 28. Thursday skipped pickups will be Sunday, Oct. 2.
Trash and recycling collection has been canceled for Friday, Sept. 30.
- If a collection service day is missed, there will be no make-up days and pick-up will resume on your next scheduled collection day.
The city will begin curbside yard waste pick-up on Friday, Sept. 30.
For Hurricane Ian debris, the city will begin removal on or around Monday, Oct. 3.
Beginning Monday, Oct. 17, the county’s debris clean-up contractor, Waste Management, will be collecting storm debris in unincorporated parts of the county that have been affected by flooding, according to a news release.
Residents can find a map showing where debris cleanup will be taking place by clicking here. There you can input your address and determine whether your home is eligible for storm debris pickup.
As you proceed with Hurricane Ian clean-up, please note that construction debris should NOT BE MIXED WITH yard waste and hurricane vegetation. Hurricane debris will be collected by a contracted vendor, not your normal service provider.
A hotline opened on Friday opened for residents with questions. Call (800) 375-0844.
The county has contracted debris haulers to start clearing storm debris, both vegetative and construction.
The debris contractor will have crews on the road from 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., seven days per week, according to the county. Collections began Thursday, Oct. 6.
“Please be patient, as many roadways are obstructed, the residential haulers are still trying to get caught up, and staff is limited,” officials said in a Facebook post.
See the county’s FAQ about debris cleanup in the post below:
The city announced on Tuesday, Oct. 4 that storm debris cleanup is underway in all four quadrants of the city. Regular household trash and recycling collection has resumed its normal pickup schedule.
Household trash and storm debris must be collected separately per FEMA rules. Collection crews cannot pick up household trash with storm debris. Debris must be divided into separate piles.
- Yard Waste – large tree limbs and branches. No bundling is required.
- Bagged Yard Waste – smaller items such as leaves, plants, twigs, etc.
- Construction & Demolition – building debris such as fencing, roofing, lumber, drywall, carpeting, plastic, glass, etc.
- Trash & Recycling – regular trash and recycling are picked up on normal collection days.
There is no bag limit. All items must be placed at the curb on a public right-of-way (between the road and sidewalk) and not in the street or in your yard (private property) for collection.
Do not stack or lean debris on mailboxes, trees, poles or other structures. Different crews are collecting the debris types, which will result in varied pickup times.
The city said debris removal efforts are underway on Friday.
Debris removal efforts are being coordinated. Please move yard and tree debris to the right-of-ways (along the curb) in front of your homes. Neighborhoods with private streets can move tree debris to a public road. pic.twitter.com/ZakZrnDLcB— City of Longwood (@LongwoodFL) September 30, 2022
Collection will resume as soon as it is safe to do so, likely Monday, Oct. 3, the county said.
Debris management has begun clearing roads by pushing the material to the sides of roads. The second push, which is expected to be completed Friday, will include picking up debris and clearing any remaining roadways.
Debris management warns drivers to use caution if they see a debris removal truck on the road – it likely means the road contains physical hazards of some kind.
Volusia County announced it will begin storm debris collection in unincorporated Volusia County on Wednesday, Oct. 5
Unincorporated areas are those areas outside city limits
- Residents should bring storm debris to the public right of way, the area that extends from the street to the sidewalk, ditch, utility pole or easement
- Residents should not place debris in the road. This obstructs traffic, hinders cleanup and power restoration efforts, and makes it difficult for emergency vehicles to pass
- If possible, keep debris away from drainage ditches, inlets, mailboxes and power lines.
- Do not cover storm drains and never block fire hydrants
- Residents must sort debris into separate piles for vegetative debris (leaves, branches and cut trees) construction and demolition debris (building materials, carpet, furniture, fences, drywall) and appliances and white goods (refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, stoves)
- The county asks residents not to place vegetative debris in plastic yard waste bags
- Debris piles that are mixed will not be collected
- Electronics and household hazardous waste will not be collected by the storm debris contractor. County residents can dispose of electronics and household hazardous waste at the Tomoka Landfill or West Volusia Transfer Station free of charge
- A toll-free hotline number has been set up for unincorporated residents to call with storm debris questions. The number is 800-291-1205 and can be called 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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The City expects to resume normal solid waste and recycling collection beginning Monday, Oct. 3, with one exception: vegetation should be piled up away from garbage cans as it will be collected by contractors.
The City’s contractor will provide two (2) passes of Green Waste (vegetative) debris removal, but only one (1) pass of construction related debris/appliances so this will be delayed a few weeks to allow affected residents ample time to place materials out by the road. Crews will continue to monitor flooded streets during the weekend. Garbage collection may be postponed in areas where significant flooding is still present.
The city has contracted with Ceres to begin debris collection Monday, Oct. 10, according to a statement Sunday from Interim City Manager Marsha Segal-George.
The collection is expected to take as many as four weeks to complete. Starting Monday, claw trucks will be used to clear trees, limbs and other vegetative debris within city limits. These debris should not be placed in bags, and they must be piled on the curb along the right of way, not obstructing travel lanes, mailboxes or utility infrastructure.
Collection of construction/demotion (C/D) debris is to begin Monday as well, so long as it’s separated from vegetative debris. The C/D debris will be taken to the county landfill while the vegetative debris will head to a disposal site.
For yard and household waste, Waste Pro has resumed operations, yet will not be able to retrieve waste on flooded streets.