Storm Debris Cleanup ☘ Hoey Team ☘ eXp Realty

Dated: 08/30/2019

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When your County has been included in a Disaster Declaration

Tropical storms and hurricanes can inundate Collier County with tons of debris, including normal household garbage, yard debris, household hazardous and chemical waste, appliances, and construction and demolition debris.

Following Hurricane Wilma in November 2005, Collier County cleaned up approximately 937,000 cubic yards of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)-eligible debris, at a cost of $24 million.

Collecting and properly disposing of storm-related debris is a critical step in community recovery efforts.

As the storm approaches, and in the immediate aftermath, monitor the Collier County Government website, newspapers, and local radio and television channels for information on debris removal.

During the first 72-hours after the storm passes, representatives from FEMA, the Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Department, and the Sheriff’s Office will be assessing the damage and road conditions to determine when regular solid waste collections can resume, and when the storm-related debris removal can begin.

The collection of storm-related debris is prioritized in the immediate aftermath of a storm.

All types of materials will be collected, but not all at once.

You can help ensure debris is collected in an efficient, safe, and timely manner by following a few guidelines.


Mixed piles will not be eligible for collection.


Normal Household Garbage — everyday household trash and perishable items that you would normally place out for collection in your trash cart or dumpster.

Place garbage in your regular collection cart, or in heavy duty plastic bags (seal securely), and place at the curb where you normally would on your regular collection day, unless advised otherwise.

Place recyclables – newspaper, cardboard, plastics labeled #1 through #7, glass, steel and aluminum bottles and cans – in your yellow-topped recycling collection cart and place the cart in its regular collection location on your usual collection day, unless advised otherwise.


Yard Debris (Yard Trash) — vegetative matter including shrubs, palm fronds, tree trimmings, grass clippings, bushes, leaves, twigs or cut up tree branches.

Small quantities should be prepared as for weekly collection – in paper bags; in personal containers no larger than 35-gallons, weighing no more than 50 pounds when filled; or in bundles no longer than four feet, with no branches thicker than four inches in diameter, and weighing less than 50 pounds.

Large quantities of storm-related yard debris should be placed alongside the curb, with trees and branches cut into manageable lengths.

Do not pile yard debris near low hanging objects or around mailboxes, water meters, fire hydrants, or other stationery objects.

Large quantities of storm-related yard debris will be collected using mechanical equipment that requires room to operate.

Only yard debris generated by the storm event will be collected.

Land clearing and landscape improvement activities are not eligible for collection.

Debris from these activities requires removal and disposal by the property owner at their expense.

Large quantities of storm-related yard debris will not be collected on private roads or in gated communities unless those private properties are included in a FEMA declaration, or where an immediate threat to public health and safety exists.

Do allow for private roads and gated communities to get pre-storm event authority to provide access post-storm without FEMA.


Construction/Demolition Debris — materials directly relating to construction, demolition or damage of buildings and contents, such as cement, glass, dry-wall, insulation, concrete block, wood, etc.

Disposal rules for C&D materials vary, and FEMA has restrictions on C&D materials put curbside for collection.

Residents are encouraged to monitor the Collier County Government website and the local media for notices specific to the collection of C&D.

White Goods – large appliances including refrigerators, ranges, washing machines, clothes dryers, water heaters, freezers, microwave ovens, and air conditioners.

Refrigerators, freezers and other appliances MUST be emptied of their contents prior to collection.

Appliances containing food waste or other rotting wastes will not be collected.

Doors must be removed from refrigerators and freezers for safety reasons.

Other Bulky Items, Electronic Equipment, Tires, and Lead Acid Batteries Monitor the Collier County Government website and the local media for the collection schedule for these items.

Article content from Collier County Government; Southwest Florida and from our personal experiences. In 2017 we had Hurricane Irma come through; Barry & Kim encountered a large amount of damage at the time as the eye passed over us, it was the worst recorded hurricane in history, at the time, then Michael hit the Panhandle, where building codes were not as strengent and where we witnessed more damage than we had here in SWFL.

Also; please check out the other blogs, and tabs to many other Links, Updates, Reports & Stats that we have here on our informational website.  

We hope that you find the information useful.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Barry or Kim with the Hoey Team  brokered by eXp Realty

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