COVID-19 Updates

The SWA has been closely monitoring federal, state and local updates regarding the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and taking precautionary measures to keep solid waste workers and county residents safe.
COVID-19 Impacts on SWA Programs and Services

If you have symptoms or been diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus, please do not put recyclable items in your recycle bins or donate clothing or personal items to a reuse center. Bag them, securely tie them, and put them in your garbage.

  • Update: 3/31/20 @ 9 a.m.

Garbage, recycling, yard waste and bulk waste collection are operating as scheduled. You can sign up for notifications of changes in My Pick-Up Days.

Whether you are sick, caring for a sick family member or healthy, please securely tie all of your garbage in plastic garbage bags. This additional precautionary measure includes securing all personal hygiene products, used tissues, paper towel, sanitary wipes, face masks, gloves, and similar items in plastic garbage bags. Garbage bags should be tied securely for disposal.

If taking this time at home to clean up or clean out, use your curbside bulk collection for disposal – not an SWA facility. In unincorporated Palm Beach County, bulk item pick up is provided once a week and limited to 3 items per collection day. If you live a city, contact them for bulk item collection.

There will be no in-person recycle bin pickups at this time. If you need a new or replacement recycling bin, call 866-NEW-BINS (866-639-2467) or order online and it will be dropped at your home.

The following facilities have closed and meetings and events cancelled in response to this public health crisis:

SWA Facilities Closed

  • Customer Convenience Drop-off Center at the North County Landfill (6330 N. Jog Road West Palm Beach, FL 33412).
    • Residents and small haulers with demolition/renovation; trash/yard wastes; or other smaller waste loads are being diverted directly to the landfill.
  • Home Chemical and Recycling Center in Belle Glade
  • Home Chemical and Recycling Center in east Delray Beach
  • Home Chemical and Recycling Center in Jupiter
  • Home Chemical and Recycling Center in Lantana
  • Home Chemical and Recycling Center in Royal Palm Beach
    • Two Home Chemical and Recycling Centers remain open for crucial customer needs only. These Centers are in West Palm Beach and west Delray/Boynton Beach.
  • SWA Greenway Trail

SWA Meetings Cancelled

  • All public opening of Bids for commodities and services.
    • Construction bid openings will be arranged via phone-in teleconference calls.
    • Pre-bid and pre-proposal meetings will be held via Adobe Connect.
  • Citizens’ Advisory Committee Meeting on April 1
  • The Run AWAY 5K on Sunday, April 5 has changed to a virtual race. You can still register for a virtual run in support of our non-profit Resource Depot and receive the race shirt, bib, medal and other goodies.
  • Small Business Advisory Committee Meeting on April 7 has been cancelled
  • Transformational Tuesdays on April 28 and May 26 have been cancelled
  • Business PowerNet on May 7
  • Transformational Tuesdays on May 26

SWA Hosted or Recycle Right Events Cancelled

  • All of the SWA's in-person educational programming, including tours and field trips. However, there are daily live programs for families. Learn more»

Other Community Event Impacts:

Community Resources

  • Report Price Gouging – 866-9NO-SCAM (866-966-7226)
  • Palm Beach County Contact Numbers
  • Drive-thru Testing Site - North
    • FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches; 5444 Haverhill Road; West Palm Beach
      • Preapproval and appointments are required: 561-642-1000
  • Drive-thru Testing Site - South
    • South County Civic Center; 16700 Jog Road; Delray Beach, 33446
      • Preapproval and appointments are required: 561-804-0250
      • The phone line is to be open 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., seven days a week

Executive Orders from Florida's Governor



2020-85
Telehealth and Immunizations for State Group Insurance 
March 26

2020-83 (PDF)
Protective Measures for Vulnerable Populations, Gatherings of Private Citizens and Density of the Workforce
March 24

2020-82
(PDF)
Isolation of Individuals Traveling to Florida
March 24

2020-80 (PDF)
Airport Screening and Isolation March 23 

2020-72 (PDF)
Non-essential Elective Medical Procedures
March 20

2020-71 (PDF)
Alcohol Sales, Restaurants, and Gyms
March 20

2020-70 (PDF)
Broward and Palm Beach County Closures
March 20 

2020-69 (PDF)
Local Government Public Meetings
March 20

2020-68 (PDF)
Regarding bars, beaches, and restaurants
March 17 

2020-52 (PDF)
Public Health Emergency
March 9 

2020-51 (PDF)
Coronavirus Response Protocol and Directs Public Health Emergency
March 1

Other Resources


Small Business

The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is now accepting applications from companies whose cash flows have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will be administered through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity in partnership with the Florida Small Business Development Center Network and Florida First Capital Finance Corporations. Loans are interest-free for up to one year. For additional information, including eligibility requirements and application forms, please visit: https://floridadisasterloan.org/ 

Public Assistance

The State of Florida received an Emergency Declaration (EM-3432) due to the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) on March 13, 2020. All counties have been designated for Category B (emergency protective measures) under the Public Assistance (PA) program. Eligible applicants for the PA program are state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations, including hospitals, clinics, and emergency medical providers. The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) has created an informational flyers to assist in answering questions regarding Category B eligible activities, ineligible costs, common issues with reimbursement, and emergency protective measures conducted by private nonprofit organizations.

COVID-19 Category B Public Assistance (PDF)
Documentation Requirements Checklist (PDF)
PDAT Webinar Schedule (PDF)
Request for Public Assistance Guidance (PDF)

From the CDC

Disinfect Your Home - Information from the CDC