Don’t Get Left at the Curb: Tips For Garbage Pickup and Storm Debris Collection

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Post-Hurricane Irma storm debris collection is underway, but don’t get confused by what your regular waste hauler will collect versus what can be hauled away by the County’s hired storm debris collection contractors.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Post-Hurricane Irma storm debris collection is underway, but don’t get confused by what your regular waste hauler will collect versus what can be hauled away by the County’s hired storm debris collection contractors.

Here are tips on how residents can help ensure their storm debris and other related materials don’t get left at the curb.

  • Garbage, recycling, and hurricane debris need to be separated at curbside.
  • Carted garbage, carted recycling, and containerized yard waste will be picked up by Waste Management or a municipality’s solid waste contractor.
  • Vegetative debris, construction/demolition (building materials), appliances, and electronics need to be separated as well.
  • Debris contractors will pick up the vegetative and construction/demolition debris.
  • For appliance or electronics collection, residents will need to call Waste Management or their municipality to schedule pick-up.
  • Household hazardous waste must be delivered to one of the County’s Solid Waste facilities: Cocoa (Central), Melbourne (Sarno), or Titusville (Mockingbird). Residents may also bring their yard waste and construction/demolition materials to any of these disposal locations. All locations will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday.

The County’s Hurricane Irma-related storm debris collection will cover all unincorporated areas of Brevard County and the following municipalities that have joined Brevard County Government in an interlocal agreement: Indialantic, Indian Harbour Beach, Grant-Valkaria, City of Cocoa, Melbourne Beach, Satellite Beach, West Melbourne, and Melbourne Village.

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As you prepare your debris, please follow these guidelines:

  • Debris must be set out on the public right-of-way to be collected; do not place storm debris in roadway.
  • Separate your debris. This is extremely important for efficient collection!
  • Keep all household garbage and recycling in the carts provided by Waste Management;
  • Containerize loose vegetative debris (leaves, grass clippings, pine needles or shrubbery cuttings)
  • Cut up trees and limbs into 4’ lengths
  • Neatly stack construction and demolition debris (drywall, roof shingles, side, carpet, fencing and docks).
  • Never place any debris beside utility poles or transformers, under power lines, on top of water meters, on storm drains, by fire hydrants, near vehicles, next to mailboxes or fences.
  • Hidden electrical hazards can injure or kill collection personnel.
  • Do not place debris on other people’s property.

Contractors hired by a homeowner for tree trimming, fence repair/replacement, or construction are responsible for hauling away all yard waste, fencing and construction materials.

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