For Residents

Where to Bring Debris

Should you choose to dispose of storm debris yourself, the SWA operates a Customer Convenience Drop-Off Center at North County Landfill. It is open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, in West Palm Beach.

Please be advised that there is a disposal fee and FEMA will not reimburse individual homeowners for this expense.

Hurricane Jobs Available

Looking for a job? Want to help with Hurricane Irma clean up? SWA’s consultant for its debris management sites, Thompson Consulting Services, is looking for Debris Monitors. Potential applicants must have a valid driver's license, cell phone, personal vehicle, and pass a drug screening. If you are interested in applying for a potential position, please complete the form at»

Storm Updates

Read the daily debris cleanup report»
Have you been affected by Hurricane Irma? Find out about Disaster Relief Housing and how to Register for Disaster Assistance.

For information regarding collection, call SWA Customer Information Services at 561-697-2700 or 866-SWA-INFO (866-792-4636), toll-free, or send them an email.

Garbage collection resumed in the unincorporated parts of the County Tuesday, Sept. 12.

Recycling collection resumed for unincorporated Palm Beach County on Wednesday, Sept. 13.

Please place garbage and recyclables out to the curb by 6 a.m. on your regularly scheduled day. 

All residents can help clean up our community by keeping their waste and debris in three separate piles at the curb:  
  1. Put garbage and recyclables out by 6 a.m. on your regularly scheduled day. These will be picked up first.
  2. Put all vegetation only in a second pile. 
  3. And, put all other construction storm debris in a third pile.   
Be sure to keep these three piles separate and away from:
  • Fences
  • Mailboxes 
  • Power line equipment, poles, transformers, downed electrical wiring
  • Canal banks or rights of way (this reduces response time to remove blockages to prevent flooding)
  • Water meters
  • Fire hydrants or 
  • Storm drains
Watch the SWA commercial on separating your waste piles» 

To keep up-to-date on Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County openings and actions, residents can go to the SWA:

Caring Community Coalition for Disaster Relief

Caring Community Coalition Flyer
  1. When is hurricane season?
  2. I know the SWA wants all residents to do regular yard maintenance year round but what is the best time for me to do major cutting and/or tree removal?
  3. When preparing for hurricane season, is there a limit to the amount of vegetation I can place at the curb for collection?
  4. Why shouldn't I do major cutting in May when hurricane season doesn't officially begin until June 1?
  5. Does SWA collect my storm debris or is it FEMA that provides the service?
  6. I live in a gated community or on a private road. Will SWA collect my storm debris?
  7. When can we expect to have the first collection of storm debris?
  8. How soon will my regular garbage be collected following a storm?
  9. How many times will a contractor collect debris from my home?
  10. What will SWA contractors collect on the first pass?
  11. Why do I have to separate my yard waste from my construction debris? Can't you pick them up in the same truck?
  12. The storm debris contractor left a lot of leaves and pine needles when they picked up my large pile. Who is responsible for cleaning that up?
  13. Will there be more damage to my property from the storm debris collection process?
  14. If our community does not want to wait for SWA and we hire a private contractor, will we get reimbursed?
  15. I live in the city limits. Will SWA be picking up my storm debris?
  16. How do I dispose of roofing shingles or tiles?
  17. I filled my recycling bins with drywall. Why would my hauler keep passing them by instead of emptying them?
  18. My fence blew down during hurricane. Will SWA pick it up from the curb?
  19. Will SWA contractors come into my yard to collect my large debris so I don't have to transport it to the curb?
  20. Why can't SWA guarantee debris pickup when they know a storm is approaching? We could be seriously harmed by flying debris if it isn't collected!
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Once a Storm Is Named

PBC LogoPalm Beach County's Division of Emergency Management is at Level 3 - Enhanced Monitoring. Learn how to prepare your family by visiting
Get the PBC DART (Disaster Awareness and Recovery Tool) app for:
The SWA asks all county residents to:
  • Refrain from cutting down whole trees or doing major yard or construction projects until after the storm passes.
  • Not place any debris at the curb after a Hurricane Watch or Hurricane Warning is issued.
Watch a short video from SWA for safety tips»

Learn more on what to do during and after the storm from:
PBC LogoLearn more from the National Hurricane Center»

Before a Storm Occurs

From PBC Emergency Management: Know your zone! 
  1. Make a plan (with your family, and include your pets) 
  2. Build a kit (for your household) 
  3. Get involved (volunteer) 
  4. Be informed (connect) 
Find out what should be on your emergency supply shopping list (PDF)» 
All major cutting of vegetation (i.e., tree removal) should be completed long before June 1, the beginning of hurricane season. Do all major cutting/tree removal from December 1 through April 30.

Learn more about how to prepare your yard for hurricane season» 
Get a Plan LogoLearn more from the Florida State Emergency Management»
Hurricane FAQs
View frequently asked questions about hurricane preparedness and debris pickup