(Sept. 22, 9 a.m.) Palm Beach County is in the process of cleaning up after Hurricane Irma.
Garbage collection resumed in the unincorporated parts of the County Tuesday, Sept. 12 and recycling collection resumed Wednesday, Sept. 13.
Truck certifications for Debris Management Sites began Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. at four locations.
Temporary Debris Management Sites opened Thursday, Sept. 14 at eight locations around the County for the certified haulers to use.
Only certified haulers are able to pick up debris left at the curb and drop it off at these sites. This is so the SWA and the municipalities that use them have the best chance to get reimbursed from FEMA for their storm recovery efforts.
Residents are not able to take their storm vegetation debris to these sites. However, should a resident want to remove the vegetation themselves, they can:
- Hire a landscaping business to remove their vegetation
- Take their vegetation to the Customer Convenience Drop-Off Center at the SWA landfill themselves, and pay a disposal fee
As of Sept. 17, 395 trucks have been certified countywide, with more trucks expected to come in to help remove storm debris in the coming weeks. As of this writing, more than 120,000 cubic yards of vegetation debris have been dumped at the eight sites out of an estimated 3 million cubic yards of debris, nearly two years of typical generation that needs to be picked up. It may take up to six weeks to complete the first pass and up to three months before all the storm debris is picked up.
Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 19, any yard waste placed in bags and cans at the curb is to be picked up by regular curbside collection haulers on the regularly scheduled waste collection day, along with small vegetation piles that are 4 cubic yards or less.
The Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County asks residents to be patient while this debris cleanup takes place. Multiple passes will be made in each neighborhood to collect it all. If a resident has questions related to their garbage pickup, they should call SWA Customer Information Services at 561-697-2700.
- When is hurricane season?
- I know the SWA wants all residents to do regular yard maintenance year round but what is the best time for me to do major cutting and/or tree removal?
- When preparing for hurricane season, is there a limit to the amount of vegetation I can place at the curb for collection?
- Why shouldn't I do major cutting in May when hurricane season doesn't officially begin until June 1?
- Does SWA collect my storm debris or is it FEMA that provides the service?
- I live in a gated community or on a private road. Will SWA collect my storm debris?