Hurricane Irma Debris Removal Update
GARBAGE, RECYCLING, YARD WASTE
AND BULK TRASH COLLECTION HAVE ALL RESUMED
Please remember to place the appropriate cart out
on your regularly scheduled collection day
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 resumed 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 resumed 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 resumed on November 1st.