Residents cleaning up their yards can start disposing of vegetative storm debris as yard waste collections begin in the unincorporated Hillsborough County Service Area, which also includes Tampa Palms, Hunter's Green, and New Tampa.
Due to the extent of storm debris created from Hurricane Irma, contracted yard debris collection will start on Monday, Sept. 18. Residents should have yard waste placed in piles along the right of way for collection by Monday, Sept. 18. Do not block access to storm water drains, utility boxes, or roadways.
As storm debris is being collected, the trucks will be working systematically throughout neighborhoods. The trucks may have to make several passes through the neighborhoods over the next several weeks due to the extent of storm damage, and to ensure the removal of all storm debris put out by residents.
County yard waste facilities are operating under extended hours, Monday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Residents must show a valid Florida driver's license to receive free yard waste disposal.
Yard waste facilities open are:
· Falkenburg Road - 346 N. Falkenburg Road, Tampa 33619
· Northwest County - 8001 W. Linebaugh Ave, Tampa 33625
· South County - 13000 U.S. Highway 41, Gibsonton 33534
· Hillsborough Heights - 6209 County Road 579, Seffner 33584
Residential garbage, recycling, and yard waste collection services resumed on Wednesday, Sept. 13.
What to do with Sandbags?
Find options for your leftover sandbags
Residents have a few options for sandbags that were used for Hurricane Irma:
Hillsborough County recommends residents store sandbags for reuse during possible future storms in the 2017 season.
Residents not wanting to store sandbags for future use can drop off the sandbags at any of the County’s soild waste facilities. Find locations here.
Coordinated collection for debris left behind by Hurricane Irma
Collection will begin for residents of unincorporated Pinellas on Monday
Items picked up during curbside collection will include yard debris, and construction and demolition debris caused by the storm
As Pinellas County Public Works crews finish clearing storm debris from roads, a second phase of recovery will soon begin to collect residential storm debris in unincorporated Pinellas.
Debris contractors will begin storm debris collection from rights of way on Monday, giving residents returning home over the next few days enough time to collect and place their storm debris piles in their nearest right of way.
Residents should place their debris in sorted piles at the public right-of-way for curbside collection by debris crews. Debris will be collected and taken to a temporary storage site to ultimately be recycled or disposed of.
Residents are asked to sort debris by item type and place in separate piles. These are the specific items that can be moved to the curbside for collection:
Construction and demolition debris
Building material including roof shingles and siding
Fallen tree branches and logs
Residents are asked to take the following steps to make the debris removal process easier:
Sort debris by type and place in separate piles
Do not stack debris against trees, poles, fire hydrants and storm drains
Do not place debris on sidewalks of farther back thatn 10-feet beyond the curb
Municipal residents can contact their municipality about the availability of debris pickup in their area. Residents who are uncertain if their property is located within unincorporated Pinellas or within a municipality, should visit www.pinellascounty.org/resident/unincorporated_areas.htm.
After distributing more than 335,000 sandbags in preparation for Hurricane Irma, Pinellas County encourages residents to properly recycle or dispose of their sandbags.
While the storm caused some localized flooding, widespread flooding was not an issue for most county residents. Sandbags that did not come into contact with floodwaters can be safely reused or stored.
For sandbags that did not come into contact with floodwaters:
Spread sand on lawns or landscape beds and recycle the bag or place it in your garbage.
Keep and store clean sandbags for preparation for future events.
For sandbags that have come into contact with floodwaters:
Bring used sandbags, separated from other waste to the Pinellas County Solid Waste Disposal Facility, 3095 114th Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Free of charge.
Sandbags that have come in contact with flood water can become contaminated with bacteria, produce odors and are considered dirty. The sand brought to Solid Waste will be stockpiled, tested and analyzed. All non-contaminated sand will be recovered and reused for future county projects and/or sandbag issuance.
Please do not dispose of any sand or full sandbags in your regular trash. The sand does not burn and will not convert to energy in the county’s waste-to-energy facility. Furthermore, do not mix sandbags with yard debris. The sand is abrasive and damages equipment used to grind yard debris into mulch.
For more information, please call the Department of Solid Waste at (727) 464-7500.
The Red Cross recommends that people take these three steps: (1) build a disaster kit; (2) come up with an emergency plan; and (3) be informed about how local authorities will notify you during a disaster, whether through local media or NOAA Weather Radio stations or channels.
An emergency kit should contain supplies for about three days, to include a gallon of water per person per day, non-perishable food, a flashlight and extra batteries, a first aid kit, medications and copies of important documents. Other recommended items are available at redcross.org/kit.
Talk with members of your household and create an evacuation plan. Remember family members with special medical needs, and plan how you will care for your pets.