Restoring Curbside Services
Regular Garbage, Recycling & Yard Waste: Following a storm, the top priority is the health and safety of our community and restoration of the county. Safety personnel from multiple agencies will have to assess damage to our area before curbside service can be restored.
When collection services resume, place garbage curbside away from storm-related debris on your regular service day. Storm debris will be collected separately from your normal household garbage & recycling. For curbside service status updates after a storm, please visit Waste Management.
- Most important – keep your household garbage, recycling, yard waste, building debris and storm debris in separate piles (do not mix).
- Securely containerize all household garbage in garbage cans or bags and place curbside on your regular collection day.
- Large quantities of vegetative debris should be piled at the curb for mechanical collection. Do not place under trees or power lines.
- There is no reimbursement provided to any individual resident or HOA who hires a private contractor to remove and dispose of storm-related debris.
Disaster Debris Removal
Storm-Related Debris: Martin County's Public Works Department is in charge of disaster debris removal in adherence to guidelines governed by FEMA. Debris collection guidance and recovery process updates will be provided as soon as they are available following a storm. To expedite the debris removal process, when placing disaster debris along the curb for collection please separate into the following six (6) categories:
- Electronics, such as televisions, computers or phones.
- Large appliances, such as refrigerators, washers, dryers, stoves or dishwashers. Be sure to seal or secure the doors so that they are not accessible.
- Hazardous waste, such as oil, batteries, pesticides, paint or cleaning supplies.
- Vegetative debris, such as tree branches, leaves or plants.
- Household garbage, such as discarded food, paper or boxes will be taken care of in the normal method and should not be combined with hurricane debris.
- Construction debris such as building materials, carpeting, furniture and mattresses.
Remember to place debris away from trees, poles or structures including fire hydrants and meters. Remove all water-damaged materials from your home and place curbside for pickup. Debris and trash bags should not block the roadway.
The graphic below provides information on the proper sorting and placement of various types of debris. Homeowners and businesses should closely follow these guidelines to assure that storm debris is removed efficiently and as quickly as possible after a storm.
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