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FROM BREVARD COUNTY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Residents Asked to Refrain From Trimming Trees, Vegetation Prior to Irma

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- The County's Solid Waste Department is asking residents to refrain from cutting trees or vegetation or doing any major yard work prior to any impact from Hurricane Irma on Brevard County.

Mass cutting places a tremendous burden on the normal solid waste collection process, and collection of this debris a few days prior to landfall of the storm is not guaranteed.

During a Watch or Warning period, do not place materials at the curb or take materials to the landfill or transfer facility. Services may be suspended and facilities may close early to prepare for the storm.

For information on the status of our facilities and collection services, residents should consult the website or monitor local radio and/or television stations for service updates.

AFTER A TROPICAL STORM/HURRICANE HAS PASSED:

  • Waste Management will continue to collect household waste, recyclables and containerized yard waste on their regular pre-storm collection schedule.
  • Storm debris collection is expected to start a few days after the storm has passed and depending upon the severity of the storm and anticipated debris it may be accomplished by either Waste Management, Inc. or a separate Disaster Debris Recovery Contractor.
  • Please be patient! Following a storm, the Solid Waste Management Department’s No. 1 priority is the collection of household garbage. Uncollected garbage attracts pests and contributes to the spread of disease. Garbage should never be mixed with vegetation or storm debris, which can wait for pick up.

STORM DEBRIS COLLECTION:
Please monitor the County’s website for updates on storm debris collection efforts. Updates will be made daily and every attempt will be made to identify active collection zones/areas.
If a storm leaves debris on your property, please follow these steps to prepare storm-related debris for collection:
  • Debris must be set out on the public right-of-way to be collected, but do not place storm debris in roadway.
  • Separate your debris. This is extremely important for efficient collection!
  • Keep all household garbage and recycling in the carts provided by Waste Management;
  • Containerize loose vegetative debris (leaves, grass clippings, pine needles or shrubbery cuttings)
  • Cut up trees and limbs into 4-foot lengths
  • Neatly stack construction and demolition debris (drywall, roof shingles, siding, carpet, fencing and docks).
  • Call Waste Management for collection of white goods (appliances: refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, etc.)
  • Never place any debris beside utility poles or transformers, under power lines, on top of water meters, on storm drains, by fire hydrants, near vehicles, next to mailboxes or fences. Hidden electrical hazards can injure or kill collection personnel.


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Brevard County Emergency Management
Phone: 321.633.6670 • Fax: 321.633.1738 • www.embrevard.com

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