Help us expedite recovery efforts, follow these FEMA guidelines to properly sort hurricane debris.

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Hurricane Irma Debris Removal Update

Post Date:September 21, 2017 1:21 PM

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City of Fort Lauderdale contractors have cleared the City’s roadways of Hurricane Irma debris and have begun making multiple passes through neighborhoods to pick up more than 1,000,000 cubic yards of storm-generated debris. Your patience is necessary and greatly appreciated as we systematically remove storm debris.

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.


• 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)

• HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE (materials that are ignitable, reactive, toxic or corrosive such as paints, cleaners, pesticides, etc.) Do not place to the curb at this time. Instructions to be announced.

• 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.)

Debris pick up will occur in zones and segregated 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.

Neighbors should continue to use BLACK CARTS ONLY for food and other household waste. Do not place spoiled food items or other waste in debris piles. Please note that bulk trash collection services remain suspended. Yard waste collection services resume effective Monday, September 25.   NO BAGGED debris or storm debris should be placed in yard waste carts.

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. Please follow the guidelines on this flyer which provides a visual overview of the proper method to set debris on the right-of-way.

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.


Debris Removal Flyer Updated 9-20-17-2




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