For Residents

Storm Updates
[UPDATE 08-23-2020 @ 445P]

All SWA facilities will be open and garbage, recyclables and yard waste collection will remain on schedule Monday.

The SWA trails are open.

Curbside Collection and Tree Trimming

Residents are to put their garbage, recycling, yard waste and bulk waste out by 6 a.m. on their regularly scheduled day. Due to the COVID-19 response, all garbage should be placed in a plastic garbage bag and tied to avoid any possibly contaminated material from contacting their waste worker.

To see how the SWA is planning to respond to debris from a passing storm, see the 2020 Debris Management Meeting presentation.

To keep up-to-date on Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County information, residents can go to the SWA's:

Once a Storm Is Named

PBC LogoPalm Beach County's Division of Emergency Management is at Level IV - Normal Operations. 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 while we are in a cone of uncertainty.
  • 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 before 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