Hurricane storm debris collection: What to know about FEMA protocols

2022-10-08 14:49:18 By : Mr. Wekin Cai

Florida residents with storm-generated debris from Hurricane Ian should follow instructions from local officials about sorting materials and placing on the curb for collection.

Localities frequently ask residents to sort debris into various categories.

Do not place hazardous waste on curb: Hazardous Waste. Examples: oil, batteries, pesticides, cleaning supplies, compressed gas, paints. (Note: If you suspect materials contain lead-based paint, keep them moist or contain materials in plastic bags so the paint does not become airborne.)

Do not place debris on or near downed power lines or close to utility boxes.

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Your local officials will tell you what’s authorized and what isn’t for pickup near the public right-of-way as well as how to place it there. Debris should not block the roadway.

Placing debris near or on trees, poles or other structures makes removal difficult. This includes fire hydrants and meters.

Demolition, Repair and Reconstruction Debris

Examples include building materials, drywall, lumber, carpet, furniture and plumbing.

Demolition, repair and reconstruction by a contractor hired by a property owner generally includes removal and disposal of materials.