Hurricane Irma Debris Removal Update
HURRICANE IRMA DEBRIS REMOVAL MAP
FIRST PASS COMPLETE IN ALL ZONES | SECOND PASS UNDERWAY
Regular Bulk Trash Pickup to Resume on Nov. 1st
Updated: Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Fort Lauderdale continues to make great progress on debris removal. As of Tuesday, October 17, the first pass of debris removal has been completed in every zone of the City. More than 400,000 cubic yards of debris has been collected, which is equivalent to the size of 53 Goodyear Blimps filled to capacity with debris.
The second pass of debris collection is underway. Neighbors should continue to keep their debris in separate piles and follow the collection guidelines outlined below. Please remember that bagged debris cannot be collected.
During the second pass, neighbors may notice that debris piles are picked up at different times (i.e., a construction pile may be removed, while a vegetative pile may remain). This occurs because different types of materials are collected by separate trucks and processed separately. Trucks will return to collect the remaining debris piles.
Regular Bulk Trash pickup will resume on November 1.
HURRICANE IRMA DEBRIS COLLECTION GUIDELINES
GARBAGE, RECYCLING, AND YARD WASTE COLLECTION HAS RESUMED
REGULAR BULK TRASH PICKUP TO RESUME ON NOV. 1st
Please remember to place the appropriate cart out
on your regularly scheduled collection day
City of Fort Lauderdale contractors are working to collect more than 1,000,000 cubic yards of storm-generated debris. We appreciate the patience and understanding of our neighbors as we continue to make progress on this labor-intensive and time-consuming process.
Neighbors should place storm-generated debris on the public right-of-way, the area of residential property that extends from the street to the sidewalk, utility pole, or easement. Make sure the debris pile is clear of storm drains and any obstacles including mail boxes, utility poles, vehicles, water meter vault, fire hydrant, or any other above-ground utility.
TO EXPEDITE THE PROCESS, NEIGHBORS ARE URGED TO SEPARATE STORM DEBRIS AS FOLLOWS:
VEGETATIVE DEBRIS (whole trees, tree stumps, tree branches, tree trunks and other leafy material)
CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION DEBRIS (damaged components of homes, buildings and structures such as lumber and wood, fencing, wall board, glass, metal, roofing materials, tile, furnishings, and fixtures)
APPLIANCES & WHITE GOODS DAMAGED BY THE STORM (refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, heat pumps, ovens, ranges, washing machines, clothes dryers and water heaters)
ELECTRONIC WASTE (computers, televisions, office electronic equipment, etc.)
DO NOT PLACE HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE CURBSIDE (these include materials that are ignitable, reactive, toxic or corrosive such as paints, cleaners, pesticides, etc.) Placing these types of materials curbside, especially hidden in debris piles, is hazardous to workers and equipment. Neighbors can safely dispose of household hazardous waste and electronics at an upcoming HHW Drop-Off Event.
Debris pick up will occur in zones and separated piles will be picked up first. Failure to separate your debris may cause a delay in removal of your debris piles. Please note that only loose debris will be collected. Bagged debris should not be placed on the public right-of-way, be mixed in a debris pile, or placed in a yard waste cart.
Do not place spoiled food items or other waste in debris piles.
Do not place debris on a storm drain or near a water meter vault, fire hydrant, or any other above-ground utility.
Avoid placing piles on driveways or private paved surfaces. Only debris placed on the public right-of-way will be eligible for collection.
Neighbors should continue to use BLACK CARTS ONLY for food and other household waste and BLUE CARTS ONLY for recyclables. Regular bulk trash collection services will resume on November 1st.
|There is no need to call the City to report your debris piles. The City’s contractors will make multiple passes through neighborhoods. Thank you for your patience as we recover from Hurricane Irma.|
Post-Hurricane Irma Questions & Answers about Fort Lauderdale's Debris Removal Process
How long will it take to remove the debris along my street?
Debris removal will occur systematically throughout the entire City by zone (see map above). The first pass is to remove separated debris piles. The City recognizes that additional storm-related debris may need to be placed at the curb. Up to two additional passes for storm-related debris collection may occur until storm-related debris is removed. Regular bulk trash collection services will resume on November 1st.
How much debris must be picked-up following Hurricane Irma?
The City must pick up more than 1 million cubic yards of debris citywide.
Is the City making any progress with clean up?
Yes, the CIty has made significant progress with clean-up efforts and continues to remove debris from the right-of-way on a daily basis. Daily updates (Mon-Fri) are being communicated on this website, Facebook and Twitter. The City is also communicating updates via Nextdoor and via City eblasts (sign up here).
- City contractors swiftly cleared debris from City roadways to allow emergency responders and neighbors to regain the ability to move about the City.
- City crews cleared an estimated 60,000 cubic yards of sand from A1A within the first day and a half following the storm.
- Garbage, recycling, and yard waste collections have resumed.
- Regular bulk trash collection services will resume on November 1st.
What is the status of debris collection and what are the plans moving forward?
While our City was very fortunate to receive limited structural damage from this storm, impacts to vegetation, fencing and our tree canopy were significant. City contractors began debris collection following the storm and are focused on making multiple passes through our neighborhoods to collect more than 1 million cubic yards of storm-generated debris.
Consistent with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) regulations, up to three passes will be made through neighborhood streets ensuring that all eligible storm debris is removed.
Neighbors are asked to be patient as contractors are deployed systematically throughout the entire City.
What happens if I do not separate debris?
Debris pick up will occur in zones and separated piles will be picked up first. Failure to separate your debris may cause a delay in removal of your debris piles. Please note that only loose debris will be collected. Bagged debris should not be placed on the public right-of-way and cannot be collected.
Where do I place the debris?
Only debris placed on the public right-of-way will be eligible for collection. Please avoid placing debris on driveways or other private paved surfaces. Debris will not be collected from alleys. Neighbors should take care to avoid placing debris on a storm drain or near trees, utility poles, water meter vault, fire hydrants or any other above ground utility.
Who should I call to pick-up my debris?
There is no need to call the City to report your debris piles. The City’s contractors will make multiple passes through neighborhoods. Response to individual requests for debris pile removal will not be possible until contractors have collected the majority of debris city wide.
What do I do with household hazardous waste?
Household hazardous waste (HHW), (materials that are ignitable, reactive, toxic or corrosive, such as paints, cleaners, pesticides, etc.) should NOT be placed with debris piles. Placing these types of materials curbside, especially hidden in debris piles, is hazardous to workers and equipment. Neighbors can safely dispose of household hazardous waste and electronics at an upcoming HHW Drop-Off Event.
When will normal yard waste cart collection resume?
The City resumed servicing residential yard waste carts on Monday, September 25th. Neighbors are reminded that yard waste carts cannot be used for regular household trash, recycling or hurricane vegetative debris. Collectors will only collect what is in the carts and will not service bags or additional piles placed next to the cart. Regular bulk trash collection services will resume on November 1st.