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St. Johns County launches website to provide Matthew cleanup updates

Unprecedented, multi-agency debris removal effort works to restore community

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ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, St. Johns County mobilized an unprecedented, multi-agency debris removal effort to restore the community and its beaches back to their natural beauty.

To keep residents updated on the cleanup process, the county launched Wednesday a website.

When Hurricane Matthew impacted St. Johns County on Oct. 7 as a Category 3 storm, it left a trail of
destruction in its wake. Almost without exception, every area of the county suffered damage and has experienced an accumulation of debris, including fallen limbs and trees, household items, business debris, and now demolition and new construction materials.

Private properties, roads, bridges and beaches have all been impacted.

The County placed both public and private trucks on the streets and began the cleanup effort as soon as first responders declared the community safe for reentry. In addition to the emergency response ,debris removal contractors, St. Johns County’s regular trash and recycling companies, Advanced Disposal and Republic Services are also assisting with the cleanup efforts.

Once homeowners and businesses began clearing properties and cleaning out flooded homes, the initial  debris estimates increased exponentially.  In response, the Board of County Commissioners allocated an
additional $1 million for debris collection on Oct. 18.

The additional funding allowed the County to expedite storm, demolition, and construction debris collection efforts, and increased the number of active collection trucks working in the community seven days a week.

Six regional debris staging areas were also created throughout the county to increase operational efficiency and remove the debris from private properties and public right-of-ways as quickly as possible.

According to  the  Emergency Management Debris Removal Plan, every street in St. Johns County will receive an initial pickup of debris by early November, with subsequent passes being conducted as needed for those areas with substantial damage until all storm-related debris has been removed.  

The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners and staff would like to thank the community for their patience as crews continue to work diligently to remove the debris as quickly as possible in a safe and efficient manner.

As every corner of the county’s 602 square miles of land area was impacted, officials also asked for understanding as crews work within a methodical plan that addresses the hardest-hit areas first.

As of Wednesday, the county currently has 60 work crews collecting debris throughout the community and has collected 158,000 cubic yards of materials.

Dedicated Hurricane Matthew cleanup website launched  

St. Johns County launched a dedicated website and social media campaign Wednesday to help local residents and businesses track the debris removal program and know when their neighborhoods will be serviced  next. 

Located at www.sjcfl.us/hurricanematthewcleanup, the  website provides progress updates, a pickup schedule listing  specific streets to be served, and a real-time map that allows  visitors to track which areas have  already received an initial pickup of debris.

In addition, the site will provide collection guidelines to help residents and businesses ensure their debris is ready to be picked up, an update on the beach cleanup program and debris totals.

The site and the county’s social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram will be updated several times a week to ensure residents have the most current information. 

Please check the webpage often for debris updates, schedules and collection totals.

Anyone with questions or concerns regarding debris removal is asked to call 904-827-6980 or email matthewcleanup@sjcfl.us.

St. Augustine assisting businesses with debris removal 

Many of St. Augustine’s businesses suffered damage from Hurricane Matthew and owners struggling to get their doors open again are challenged with rebuilding and debris removal.

The city of St. Augustine’s Solid Waste Division has resumed regular garbage and recycling collections for its commercial customers, and is making a special effort with commercial property owners assisting them with debris removal options. That assistance includes helping businesses identify specific needs and assisting them to locate independent service providers or obtaining rental service from the city depending upon their individual needs. 

It is important for businesses to avoid placing demolition and construction debris in the right-of-way where it will block access to drive or parking lanes and sidewalks, and to avoid placing such debris in dumpsters reserved for regular garbage and recycling materials.

City franchise haulers available for debris collection are listed below:

  • Construction Debris Removal at 1535 State Road 207 St. Augustine 32086 (904-471-9709)
  • Advanced Disposal Services Jacksonville, LLC. at 7580 Philips Highway Jacksonville 32256 (904-827-1055)
  • Seaboard Waste Systems at 445 International Golf Parkway St. Augustine 32095 (904-825-0991)
  • Waste Pro of Florida, P .O. Box 4530 St. Augustine 32084 (904-824-6379)
  • Adams Tractor Landscaping Service Inc. at 7529 State Road 13 North St. Augustine 32092 (904-429-9750)
  • Hicks Land Clearing & Incineration at 3445 Old Moultrie Road St. Augustine 32086 (904-797-5370)
  • Arwood Waste Inc. at 3705 Deer Park Blvd Elkton 32033 (904-751-5656)
  • Environmental Land Services at 1700 Adams Acres Road St. Augustine 32084 (904-344-5511)
  • Strickland Construction Service at 236 Canal Blvd Suite 2 Ponte Vedra Beach 32082 (386-328-9898)
  • Southern Comfort Mowing Inc. at 3175 U.S.1 South Suite 9 St. Augustine 32086 (904-797-3080)

Any business needing assistance in arranging for debris removal should contact the Solid Waste Division directly at 904-825-1049 or the Public Works Department at 904-825-1040.