September 25, 2017 – Courtesy of Collier County

 

  1. Will my garbage be picked up today?
    • Waste Management and Waste Connections are picking up trash and recycling items on your regularly scheduled collection day.

 

  1. My garbage container was not picked up today.
    • Please contact customer service at (239) 252-2380 to report missed pickups.
    • For safety reasons, Waste Management and Waste Connections will not make collection in areas where debris blocks the road or where there are low hanging or downed lines.

 

  1. What do I do with my extra garbage?
    • Extra garbage can be put in heavy duty garbage bags and placed by the garbage roll cart on your regularly scheduled collection day.

 

  1. When will recycling be picked up?
    • Recycling will be picked up on your regular scheduled day.

 

  1. My recycling container was not picked up today.
    • Please contact customer service at (230) 252-2380 to report missed pickups.
    • For safety reasons, Waste Management and Waste Connections will not make collection in areas where debris blocks the road or where there are low hanging or downed lines.

 

  1. Will bulky items related to the hurricane be picked up?
    • Bulky items (appliances, electronics, furniture, etc.) will be picked up by the county’s debris removal contractor.
    • Hurricane-related bulky items should be placed curbside in the county’s right-of-way. Bulky items must be separated from yard debris.

 

  1. Will non-storm-related bulky items be picked up?
    • Non-storm related bulky items will be picked up by Waste Management or Waste Connections on your regularly scheduled collection day. Keep bulky items separated from yard debris.

 

 

 

  1. What is the difference between storm related debris and household trash?
    • Storm debris includes any trees, tree limbs and shrubs that were blown down by the hurricane. It also includes any fencing, flooring, furniture, carpet, wallboard, etc., that had to be removed from the home due to flooding or other structural damage. This will be picked up by the county’s debris collection contractors. Items should be placed on the county’s right-of-way in front of your home. Storm-related yard waste must be kept separate from other items place out for collection.

 

  1. What do I do with my hurricane-related yard debris?
    • Hurricane-related yard debris does not need to be prepared for pick up. Pile the yard debris loosely (do not place in paper or plastic bags) on the county’s right-of-way in front of your home.
    • Hurricane-related yard waste should be separated from construction/demolition debris and bulky items. Keep piles of yard waste away from mailboxes, water meters, backflow prevention devices, utility poles and other objects until collected by the county’s debris collection contractors.

 

  1. When is my hurricane-related yard debris going to be picked up?
    • Debris collection contractors have been deployed. Due to the volume of debris we are working closely with our contractors to provide additional resources as they become available.

 

  1. I live in a gated community or on a private road; will you be picking up in my neighborhood?
  • The County’s emergency debris management plan includes collections in gated communities and private roads. To minimize the cost to local taxpayers for this cleanup, County staff will submit a formal request to FEMA (should be by 10/02/17) for authorization to collect in these areas, thereby making FEMA responsible for potentially up to 90% of costs incurred. The County went through this same process during Hurricane Wilma recovery efforts and was ultimately approved for debris collection in gated communities and private roads.

 

It is important to understand that debris collection efforts during the next few weeks will be focused on hardest hit areas first, including Everglades City, Goodland, Copeland and Immokalee, as well all 55 public school sites and county parks.  The entire debris pick-up process will take several months. HOAs in gated communities are encouraged to use their already contracted landscapers to help them with debris collection and disposal to expedite the process.  Owners of private roads should work with their neighbors to handle the debris management as it will be some time before collection is made on private roads. Should the county’s request be unexpectedly denied, the County Commission can still direct debris collections in gated communities, however all costs will be borne locally.

  1. What happens to the debris being collected curbside?
  • The county’s debris removal contractor, AshBritt Environmental, is a national, rapid-response disaster recovery contractor with extensive experience with all aspects of debris management operations. The company – and the county – holds maintaining and restoring the natural environment to the same condition at which time it was utilized as one of its highest priorities.

 

Temporary debris management sites (such as the site on Wiggins Pass Road) were approved by their proximity to the vast areas of hurricane-related debris accumulated in neighboring residential areas. The locations provide quick turn-around for the debris collection vehicles, helping to facilitate and hasten the debris collection efforts.

AshBritt will set up large grinders on the sites to process the vegetative debris into mulch. The mulch will be taken out of county to be beneficially reused for soil stabilization in agricultural areas. There will be no burning of debris on any of the five temporary debris management sites strategically located across the county.