Seminole County Debris Management

Posted on: 9/12/2017 2:00:40 PM

Seminole County, FL (September 12, 2017) – Seminole County debris assessment and removal operations are underway. Initial estimates indicate that Hurricane Irma left nearly 1 million cubic yards of debris in Seminole County alone. To put that into perspective, Hurricane Matthew generated 15,000 cubic yards of debris.

Regular Refuse Collection
Normal refuse collection services resumed for Unincorporated Seminole County residents on Tuesday, September 12. Residents whose service was suspended due to the storm should put garbage out on their next regularly scheduled pick-up day.

Large Vegetative Storm Debris Collection
Seminole County Government has engaged multiple contractors to expedite heavy storm debris collection. We anticipate they will be mobilized early next week, based on availability of equipment. The impact of Hurricane Harvey and the widespread nature of Hurricane Irma have made availability of resources challenging for the region.

Due to the overwhelming magnitude of bulky storm debris, the process of collecting the large yard waste will take several weeks. Residential drop-off sites for vegetative debris are currently being established and will be communicated on Seminole County government appreciates the patience and flexibility of our residents as we accomplish the restoration process.

Residents may begin placing large vegetative debris, which includes logs, bushes, tree branches, root balls, plants, fence panels and other bulky storm debris curbside. If residents are unsure where to place debris and do not have a sidewalk, ditch, or utility line in front of their home, debris should be placed at the edge of property before the curb. Debris should not block fire hydrants, roadways, storm drains, mailboxes, utility poles, or sprinklers.  Any debris placed behind the sidewalk or adjacent to private property will not be picked up.

Small Vegetative Storm Debris Collection
In order to provide some immediate relief, the County’s regular residential garbage haulers will collect small yard waste that is bagged. Due to limited equipment, haulers are unable to collect large debris, but will collect bagged items that include leaves, palm fronds, grass clippings, pine cones, and rakeable brush. 

In addition to Wednesday, the regularly scheduled yard waste collection day, Seminole County haulers will also collect yard waste and small storm debris on Saturday for the next several weeks. The haulers will make every effort to reach each customer on both yard waste days, however in order to do so, a  five-bag, 50 lbs. per bag limit has been instituted. In the event a hauler is unable to collect bags immediately after they are set out, they will collect them on the next yard waste pick-up day.

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