For Municipalities & Waste Haulers

Notice to All In-County and Out-of-County Debris Contractors

The Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County will not accept Hurricane Irma yard waste collected by certified debris removal trucks or the mulch resulting from processing at a Temporary Debris Reduction Site (TDRS) at any of its disposal facilities as a final destination.

The SWA is not a final destination for this material.

Further, the SWA will not accept any storm debris from out-of-county at any of its disposal facilities or any SWA TDRS.

The SWA only accepts eligible Irma yard waste (never mulch) delivered by SWA certified trucks at its nine (9) TDRSs and only material generated within Palm Beach County. The contractors operating any TDRS within Palm Beach County are responsible for delivering mulch or wood chips to an approved final destination. The SWA will inspect the final destination prior to any material being delivered.



Using the SWA's Debris Management Sites


The SWA will assess the use of these sites, make adjustments and provide updates as necessary.

For questions related to the use of these sites, please contact John Archambo, Director of Customer Information Services, at 561-315-2010.

C&D and Mixed Loads
SWA will not be accepting C&D and Mixed loads at Temporary Debris Sites;

  • SWA is only accepting clean vegetation at its Temporary Debris Sites and is fronting the cost of processing and disposal;
  • SWA will be invoicing each municipality for their share of any unreimbursed costs;
  • Currently SWA has a site monitor only at the Aquarius site, but will have site monitors at the other permitted sites beginning Thursday, Oct. 12;
  • For those cities who would rather deliver the material to the Authority, starting Thursday, October 12th, the Authority will have a monitor at Renewable Energy Facility #2 and the Authority will be accepting C&D and Mixed loads at the plant during normal hours of operation
  • For those cities who choose to deliver this material to Renewable Energy Facility #2 on or after October 12th, the monitor will close out your contractor’s collection ticket.  You will be charged a tipping fee of $45 per ton.  Your contractor will receive a copy of the scale ticket and these transactions will show up on your monthly invoice.
  • For those cities who are using force account labor (their own resources) the Authority is accepting C&D and Mixed loads at Renewable Energy Facility #2 now, but there is no monitor and you will be charged a tipping fee of $45 per ton.  You will receive a copy of the scale ticket and these transactions will show up on your monthly invoice.
  • The cities will each be responsible for submitting these costs to FEMA for reimbursement.
  • Aquarius Recycling and Waste Management will be accepting C&D and Mixed loads at their permitted facilities, and the Authority will be accepting this material at Renewable Energy Facility 2;
  • Each city should execute an Agreement with either Aquarius Recycling or Waste Management for delivery of C&D and Mixed loads to their permitted recycling facilities if they wish to use these facilities;
  • Draft Agreement

Truck Certification

Municipalities that wish to use these sites must have their trucks and/or their debris contractor’s trucks certified by the SWA, and must conduct themselves in accordance with the terms of the Interlocal Agreements. Truck Certifications are available at the following location: 

Debris Management Sites

The SWA is currently operating the following Temporary Debris Management Sites:

Load Ticket Guidance


Thompson Consulting has provided the following information for processing load tickets at the SWA temporary debris management sites.

There are currently four different types of load tickets that they are receiving:

1) Municipal Load Ticket
2) Thompson load ticket through electronic ADMS system
3) Thompson disposal/load ticket match to accommodate TetraTech in West Palm Beach and Jupiter
4) Thompson disposal/load ticket match to accommodate Rostan in the Town of Palm Beach

Here is the process for each:

MUNICIPAL LOAD TICKETS

1. Collect the load ticket from the truck driver;
2. Deduce the Muni Code from the load ticket, driver and/or truck;
3. Create a THOMPSON ROW load ticket, entering the Muni Code in the Roe# field;
4. Make the load call;
5. Create a THOMPSON Disposal ticket;
6. Write the disposal information on the municipal load ticket and keep 1 copy for our records;
7. Staple THOMPSON Disposal ticket to the municipal ticket and return to the truck driver;
8. Write municipal ticket number on THOMPSON Disposal ticket;
9. Staple THOMPSON Disposal ticket to the 1 copy retained and store;
10. Create an entry in a log with the THOMPSON Disposal ticket #, Muni ticket # and other relevant columns;

THOMPSON MONITORED LOAD TICKETS

1. Collect the load ticket from the truck driver;
2. Make the load call from the tower;
3. Create THOMPSON Disposal ticket;

TETRA TECH LOAD TICKETS

1. Collect the load ticket from the truck driver;
2. Deduce the Muni Code from the load ticket, driver and/or truck;
3. Create a THOMPSON ROW load ticket, entering the Muni Code in the Roe# field;
4. Make the load call;
5. Create a THOMPSON Disposal ticket;
6. Collect a copy of the Disposal ticket that the Tetra Tech representative creates;
7. Staple THOMPSON Disposal ticket to our copy of the Tetra Tech disposal ticket and store;
8. Create an entry in a log with the THOMPSON Disposal ticket #, Tetra Tech ticket # and other relevant columns;

ROSTAN LOAD TICKETS

1. The driver will have a Smart Card, not a paper ticket;
2. Deduce the Muni Code from the driver and/or truck;
3. Create a THOMPSON ROW load ticket, entering the Muni Code in the Roe# field;
4. Make the load call;
5. Create a THOMPSON Disposal ticket;
6. Collect a copy of the Disposal ticket that the Rostan representative creates;
7. Staple THOMPSON Disposal ticket to our copy of the Rostan disposal ticket and store;
8. Create an entry in a log with the THOMPSON Disposal ticket #, Rostan ticket # and other relevant columns;

Creating a Municipal Debris Management Site


Awarded Contracts for Hurricane Debris Removal, Reduction & Disposal Contractors


See the list of hurricane / disaster debris removal, reduction and disposal contractors who have been awarded contracts with the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County.

Guidance for Establishment, Operation & Closure of Disaster Debris Management Site


For Municipalities and other private entities wishing to activate their own Disaster Debris Management Site (DDMS) for recovery efforts of Hurricane Irma, please contact Laxmana Tallam at the Palm Beach County Health Department by email: Laxmana.Tallam@flhealth.gov or by phone: (561) 837-5978.

Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Guidance document for the establishment, operation and closure of DDMS can be found at Staging Areas for Storm-Generated Debris (PDF).

Private Property Debris Removal (PPDR) and Gated Communities


PPDR is generally not eligible for reimbursement under the Public Assistance (PA) Program. However, when debris on private property is so widespread that it threatens public health and safety or economic recovery of a community, FEMA may provide PA funding for debris removal from private property.

Approval for PPDR

Due to the magnitude of recent disaster events, FEMA is simplifying the process for PPDR approval. Applicants (i.e. Local Government) must provide a written notice through the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) to FEMA identifying areas where PPDR activities will occur (including identification of gated or ungated communities, orphaned roads, or commercial properties). Once the notice is submitted, the Applicant does not need to wait for FEMA’s approval to start work. However, the Applicant must submit its written request for FEMA’s approval so that it may receive reimbursement for PPDR work. FEMA may only approve reimbursement based on the Applicant’s satisfactory demonstration (including relevant documentation) that the:

  • PPDR was in the public interest,
  • Applicant has legal authority to perform debris removal activities on private property,
  • Applicant agrees to indemnify the Federal Government (including FEMA),
  • Applicant obtained and complied with applicable permits or approvals for the locations of temporary debris staging and reduction sites and final debris disposal sites, and
  • Applicant has satisfied all legal processes and obtained permission from the property owners (rights-of-entry or other unconditional authorization) and agreements to indemnify and hold harmless the Federal government.

Gated Community Debris Removal 


FEMA Guidance Pertaining to Debris Removal in Private Communities 


This has been updated with the Debris Removal from Private Properties letter submitted to FEMA on Sept. 15.
  • FEMA Guidance Pertaining to Debris Removal in Private Communities (PDF)
Here is the latest guidance on where to send your debris removal in private communities application. It is an email with specific instructions:

I want to take a moment to introduce myself and give you a bit more guidance on how our Private Property Debris Operations will be handled for DR 4337 – Hurricane Irma. I am Carter Mack and I am the State Public Assistance Officer for the Florida Division of Emergency Management. I also serve as the Director of the Debris Branch for the SERT, and in that capacity, I will be taking the lead for the State on all Private Property Debris Removal (PPDR) Requests.

I want to get ahead of the game a bit and give you some quick details on how PPDR will work for this storm. First, Michael Kennett has sent out to all County EM Directors a number of documents about debris and PPDR that describe, in detail, how the process works. All of these documents are also being uploaded to FloridaPA.org for ease of access for all potential sub-applicants. PPDR requests will be submitted to FEMA through the Florida Division of Emergency Management Recovery Bureau. They should all be sent to me in PDF Form with any accompanying documentation at carter.mack@em.myflorida.com. These request letters should still be addressed to the FEMA FCO, as we will make sure that they get to him after review. Upon submission to the State, per the expedited PPDR model being used for this storm, sub-applicants can begin work.

PPDR requests should include:
  • Justification for the PPDR being Public Interest
  • Documentation of Legal Authority
  • Agreement to indemnify Federal Government
Please feel free to reach out to me at any time with questions, either by email, or by phone at (850) 445-1106.

Thank you,
Carter Mack
State Public Assistance Officer
Florida Division of Emergency Management


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Debris Recovery Ordinance
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