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Storm Debris Cleanup: When your county has been included in a Disaster Declaration

May 18, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Hurricanes can inundate Southwest Florida with millions of tons of debris including normal household garbage, household chemical waste, appliances, construction/demolition and yard debris. Segregating the debris is critical in assisting in the recovery efforts for the community.

To help ensure that debris is collected in the most efficient, safe, and timely manner, we recommend that you follow these simple guidelines when clearing debris from your residential property after the next big storm hits. Businesses and owners of vacant lots are required to make their own arrangements for debris clean-up.

First Priority

Normal Household Garbage

Normal Household Garbage is de?ned as materials and perishable items that are placed out for weekly collection in your trash container. These include your everyday household trash items. Place in your regular collection cart container or in heavy duty plastic bags, and place it in the normal location for your regular weekly collection.

Second Priority

Normal Household Recyclables

Normal household recyclables are de?ned as materials capable of being recycled, including:

newspapers

cardboard

plastic containers labeled #1 through #7

containers made of glass, steel and aluminum

Yard Debris: Vegetative matter including shrubs, palm fronds, tree trimmings, grass clippings, bushes, leaves, twigs or cut up tree branches. Small quantities should be prepared the same as for weekly collection, in containers, bags, or bundles of less than 50 pounds.

Large quantities of vegetative storm debris can be piled at the curb for mechanical collection.

Do not place near low hanging objects or around mailboxes and utility equipment including power poles, power lines, electric meters, fire hydrants, etc.

Collection crews will not enter private property to collect debris.

Third Priority

Construction/Demolition Debris (C&D):

Materials directly relating to construction or demolition of buildings such as cement, glass, drywall, insulation, concrete block, etc.

Large discarded appliances including refrigerators, ranges, washing machines, clothes dryers, water heaters, freezers, microwave ovens, and air conditioners. All items must be empty of contents. Refrigerators and or freezers containing food waste or other rotting wastes will not be collected.

Bulk Items

Electronic Equipment

Tires

You will be noti?ed through media when collection of these items will take place. Disposal rules for small quantities of C&D materials vary by location, so look for media notices for speci?c guidance as to how best to dispose of these materials in your respective areas.

Do not mix any of the above materials. There will be separate collections for each material and they will be picked up according to priority in the immediate aftermath of the storm.

Only yard debris directly generated from the storm event will be collected. Land clearing and landscape improvement activities are not eligible for collection. Debris from these activities will require removal and disposal to be arranged by the property owner at their expense.

Small quantities of Construction/Demolition materials:

In many areas, quantities of C&D materials less than 2 cubic yards may be allowed to be placed at the curb alongside of normal household garbage. These materials would generally be placed in a container and/or bundled, weighing less than 50 pounds each and not exceeding 6 feet in length.

These materials may be collected with the normal household garbage provided the materials are compliant with your local collection policies and ordinances.

Storm Debris Information

As the storm approaches, and in the immediate aftermath, look out for special notices in the local newspapers, special bulletins on your local government website, local radio and television channels, and other communications media.

 
 
 

 

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