Are You Ready?
Important Hurricane Information and Guidelines for Unincorporated
Palm Beach County Curbside Collection Residents
The Solid Waste Authority (SWA) has prepared the following list to
help you get ready for hurricane season.
Pre Hurricane Season Maintenance
December Through April
All major cutting of
vegetation (i.e., tree removal) should be completed long before June
1st, the beginning of hurricane season. Do all major cutting/tree
removal from December 1st through April 30th. SWA arranges for removal
of debris from routine yard maintenance throughout the year. If you are
having trees removed or doing any other major cutting, be sure to have
your contractor include the price of debris removal as part of their
service. Debris from major cutting or tree removal will need to be
transported to the SWA landfill or any SWA permitted facility. There is
a fee for disposal.
Arrange to cut back all
trees and weak branches that could contact buildings.
Have your foliage thinned
so wind can flow freely through branches, decreasing the chance that
trees/plants will be uprooted.
Place vegetation material
from routine maintenance (up to 6 cubic yards - equivalent to 3
standard size refrigerators) at the curb on your regular
scheduled collection day and follow the 6/50 rule (i.e., each piece
cannot exceed 50 lbs in weight or 6 ft in length).
pieces of vegetation such as pine needles, leaves, twigs, etc. in
bags or cans that weigh less than 50 lbs when full and place at the
curb on your scheduled day.
Clean your yard of any
items that could pose a danger to you or your neighbors in hurricane
force winds such as old lumber, broken lawn furniture, etc. and
place curbside on your bulk waste collection day.
Once a Storm has been Named
Do not cut
down trees or do major yard work.
begin construction projects that produce debris.
Once a watch or warning
has been issued, do not trim vegetation of any kind.
Mass cutting places a
tremendous burden on the collection and disposal processes and there
is not enough equipment or manpower to handle the additional
material before the storm makes landfall. You could put not only
yourself at risk but your neighbors as well
Do not take
materials to the curb, transfer stations or landfill during a watch
or warning period. Services may be suspended and facilities closed
early to prepare for the storm.
What We Will Do Following A Storm
After the Storm has Passed
Please be patient.
Keep household garbage,
recycling and vegetative and/or construction storm debris in
SWA's number one priority
is the collection of household garbage.
Securely containerize all
household garbage in plastic bags or cans to be placed curbside on
your scheduled day.
Don't place any debris
near or on a fence, mailbox, powerline equipment, poles,
transformers, downed electrical wiring, water meters, fire hydrants
or storm drains.
Be prepared to repair
possible damage to swale areas from the specialized equipment used
to collect storm debris.
Contact SWA Customer
Information Services at 697-2700 or 1-866-792-4636 (toll-free) or
visit www.swa.org for updates on your collection services.
We ask all residents of the unincorporated County to be our partners
in restoring the county to its pre-storm state. Your cooperation and
support enables us to complete the entire process in the quickest,
safest and most efficient manner possible. We will provide regular
updates on the progress of debris collection.
Once a major storm has passed, the SWA's response plan includes the
||Days to Complete
|Assess all areas of
unincorporated Palm Beach County to determine amount of damage,
debris and hardest hit areas
|Set up temporary debris sites
|Deployment of specialized storm
debris collection equipment
|Complete collection of storm
- Re-establishing normal household garbage and food waste
collection is our first priority.
- It may be 3-6 weeks before the first collection of storm debris
(vegetation and building material) is provided.
- Clean vegetation only will be collected on the
first pass with construction debris and mixed loads (construction
debris mixed with vegetation) on subsequent passes
- Please do not call and ask that trucks be pulled from scheduled
routes to pick up your own debris first. Deviation from carefully
planned routes causes delays in the entire process and creates a
burden to those with the greatest need.
There is no reimbursement provided to any individual resident or
homeowner association who hires a private contractor to remove and
dispose of storm related debris.
additional information, contact SWA Customer Information Services at
697-2700 or 1-866-792-4636 (toll-free).
you from your partners at the Solid Waste Authority!