When will Hurricane Irma debris be picked up?

County-by-county breakdown of debris pickup plans

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Debris in St. Johns County caused by Hurricane Irma

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


Citizens have two options for pickup of VEGETATIVE DEBRIS (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 MONDAY, SEPT. 25, 2017. Crews use vehicles with large mechanical arms that grab and scoop debris, so please DO NOT PLACE MATERIALS 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.

Debris removal for state roads will be handled by Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)

"WHITE GOODS WASTE" - "White Goods" describes large appliances (refrigerators, deep freezers, etc.) Citizens can schedule pickup of these large items by calling 630-CITY.


Do NOT set 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 website (www.COJ.net) and the JaxReady mobile app.


St. Johns County

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

Damage assessment is underway, debris collection sites have been identified, and collection resources have been secured.

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 904-824-5550.

Clay County

Clay County is preparing to execute debris pick-up related to Hurricane Irma. Recycling and curbside service (normal household garbage) will resume Thursday, Sept. 14 and continue on the normal schedule. No yard trash will be picked up with normal curbside service. 

Beginning Saturday, Sept. 16, we will pick up yard waste that meets Advanced Disposal’s service standards. 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.

Soon, we will be announcing a schedule for pick-up of Hurricane Irma-related, large, vegetative debris and construction debris.  

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 today, Thursday, September 13.  Storm debris pickup will begin very 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. 

Palm Coast

Storm debris removal will begin in the next few days as arrangements are being made with haulers. 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 & 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.

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