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Posted on: September 5, 2017

[ARCHIVED] As hurricane threatens, limit yard work to what is necessary

While Palm Beach County is not yet in the cone of uncertainty of Hurricane Irma, this week is NOT the time to do major yard work or begin construction projects.

The Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County 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 

Excess yard waste placed curbside may put a strain on collection and disposal efforts, and large piles of new vegetation trimming and construction debris may be left at the curb should the storm impact our area. Mass cutting places a tremendous burden on the collection and disposal processes and there is not enough equipment or manpower to handle the additional material before the storm makes landfall.

Governor Scott has declared a state of emergency for every Florida county to ensure “that local governments have ample time, resources and flexibility to get prepared for this dangerous storm and are not hindered, delayed or prevented from taking all necessary actions to keep communities safe.”

The SWA is working with the PBC Emergency Operations Center to monitor the storm’s potential path to make a determination on any facility closures or cancelled garbage, recyclables and yard waste collections in the unincorporated parts of the county. But, we need the help of every resident for the efficient removal of debris leading up to and after the storm.

For additional information on debris collection in unincorporated parts of Palm Beach County, contact SWA Customer Information Services at 561-697-2700 or 866-792-4636 (toll-free), or visit Residents living within city boundaries should call their local municipality for their bulk collection guidelines. Check the SWA website for municipal contact information.

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