When will Hurricane Irma debris be picked up?

County-by-county breakdown of debris pickup plans


As many Northeast Florida residents continue to dig out from Hurricane Irma, one of the most asked questions is when the collected debris will be picked up from neighborhoods.

See below for the answers for your county or city:

Jacksonville/Duval County

Debris pick up begins Monday. Sept. 25, but officials warn it could take weeks to get all debris picked up from across the county.


Citizens have two options for pickup of branches, yard waste, etc.:

(1) Prepare vegetative debris for collection along with your normal weekly yard waste collection. Bag or containerize up to five (5) cubic yards for weekly yard waste collection (Five cubic yards roughly equals 30 garbage bags OR a standard pickup truck bed filled to the top).


(2) Pile vegetative storm debris in a large pile at the curb at least three feet away from utility boxes, poles, mailboxes, fire hydrants and other obstacles. Haulers will begin collecting these debris piles beginning Sept. 25. Crews use vehicles with large mechanical arms that grab and scoop debris, so please do not place debris under trees or near any obstacles. Crews will be working seven days a week from sunrise to sunset but there won't be a schedule for your particular street. Crews will make multiple passes over the entire city. Please avoid parking on the street if a first pass for pickup has not been completed.

With both options it is critical that yard waste and wood debris (branches, limbs, etc.) remain separate from construction debris and household waste. Failure to keep debris separated may cause it to be left behind.

"White goods," describes large appliances (refrigerators, deep freezers, etc.), must be scheduled for pickup calling 630-CITY.


Do notset out household hazardous waste (vehicle batteries, paint, chemicals). You must take those items to the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility, located at 2675 Commonwealth Blvd. Citizens can also check coj.net for future HHW remote collection events..

REMINDER: Outdoor open burning is strictly prohibited without a permit.

What types of debris will be picked up by Solid Waste?

All standard solid waste collection rules apply with a 5-cubic-yard waste limit. Any changes or exceptions to these rules as result of the storm will be communicated via local media channels, social media, the city's website and the JaxReady mobile app.


St. Johns County

St. Johns County initialized its Hurricane Irma debris collection program Sept. 12 and will began collecting storm-related debris (branches, limbs, brush, leaves, and routine yard waste) throughout the County in the coming days.

Residents can move storm debris curbside until cleanup is complete as contractors will make multiple passes through neighborhoods.

For more information regarding the Hurricane Irma debris collection program, please call 904-827-6980.

St. Augustine

Collection of storm debris began Sept.16 with the start of the initial pass through the city for the collection of vegetative debris only.  

A schedule for the collection of other storm debris, including construction and demolition debris, appliances and white goods, electronics, and household hazardous waste will be announced next week.

Collection of storm debris began Sept. 16 with the start of the initial pass through the city for the collection of vegetative debris only.   

Clay County

Beginning Sept. 16, yard waste that met Advanced Disposal’s service standards was collected. Service standards describe this service as leaves, grass clippings and small yard debris bagged in a 40-gallon or smaller can or heavy-duty plastic trash bag for collection not exceeding 50 pounds. All stumps, trees and limbs may not exceed 4 feet in length or 50 pounds in weight for a total of no more than 5 cubic yards. Please see additional service standard information below.

Pickup of Hurricane Irma-related, large, vegetative debris and construction debris began Sept. 18.

Clay County Officials would like to thank residents for their patience and understanding during these disaster clean-up efforts. Please direct any questions regarding debris pick-up to 904-284-7703.

Nassau County

Advanced Disposal resumed residential garbage and recycling pick up Sept. 13. Storm debris pickup will begin soon. Resident should sort and place yard debris and construction and demolition debris on the county right of way.  Do not bag these items. All materials must be clearly visible before they will be picked up.

Columbia County

Garbage pickup one day behind, recycling service resumed Sept. 18; Storm debris can be placed on county right of way, with contractor pickup schedule to be announced.

Putnam County

Garbage pickup was one day behind, recycling service resumed Sept. 18; Storm debris can be placed on county right of way, contractor pickup schedule to be announced.

Palm Coast/Flagler County

Storm debris removal began Sept. 18 in the city. Debris pickup in the unincorporated areas of Flagler County began Sept. 21.


To expedite debris removal from residences, the city asks residents to help by separating everything at the curb into the following categories:

  • Vegetative debris – leaves, logs, plants, tree branches, etc.
  • Construction and demolition debris – building materials, asphalt shingles, drywall, lumber, metal, plastics, etc.
  • Normal household trash – Normal household trash and bagged debris of any kind will not be picked up with debris as part of this program. You should continue to follow your normal garbage and yard trash schedule for normal garbage and bagged storm debris. 

Debris should be placed on your property near the curb – NOT on the street. Don’t pile vegetative debris on your water meter box or your sewer cleanout cap or your PEP tank lid. The City may need access to these systems during storm recovery.


Please be patient. It will take several passes through Palm Coast before all the debris (whether bagged or loose) is picked up. Simply leave the debris at curbside until it is picked up. This process is expected to take several weeks.


Commercial businesses and apartments, townhomes, and condominiums are responsible for their own debris cleanup and hauling. Hurricane debris will not be picked up by Waste Pro or the City’s debris collection contractor. Businesses and multi-family residential developments should not place debris at the curb.

Southeast Georgia counties

Camden County: Garbage collection has resumed; solid waste site open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 7a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Glynn County: Waste Management began regularly scheduled pickups on Sept. 18.
Yard waste and regular recycling service will not be picked up until Oct, 2 to accommodate the increase of household garbage.
Ware County: Yard debris removal site set up at Old Erin Johnson Ballpark; open 7:30 a.m.-7p.m. at 3230 Smith Drive.
Charlton County: Normal Monday, Thursday, Friday pickup has resumed.
Brantley County: Call Georgia Forestry office at 1-877-652-2876 to get burn permit before burning debris piles.