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Starting Oct. 1, 2019, there will be changes to the waste collection contract for residents living in unincorporated Palm Beach County. Per this contract, yard waste placed at the curb will be limited to 6 cubic yards. Watch the video to see how large 6 cubic yards is.
The 6 cubic yards limit is being implemented to ensure that every residential customer receives a base level of service that meets the needs of the overwhelming majority of residents at the lowest possible cost.
The SWA yard waste assessment and collection service are intended for routine landscape maintenance, not debris generated by land clearing and tree removal activities. Piles that contain these materials, or that are excessively large, cannot be efficiently collected manually or mechanically and impede the ability of the waste hauler to provide quality, affordable service to the hundreds of other residential customers on the route.
The 6 cubic yard limit balances cost and benefit for the majority of residents, ensures that waste collection routes can be completed more efficiently, and prevents massive yard waste piles from causing neighborhood problems.
Residents have options if they are going to have more than six cubic yards or if they received a tag on their pile. They can:
Those who have hired a commercial landscaper should be sure to include removal in their quote.
To avoid service interruption:
Details on the new collection contract can be found at SWA.org/Contract.