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Hurricane Irma debris collection progress update

More than 500,000 cubic yards collected to date

MIAMI (October 04, 2017)

Miami-Dade County Department of Solid Waste Management (DSWM) continues its aggressive efforts to manage an unprecedented 3 million cubic yards of hurricane debris. In just two days of high winds and wet weather, Hurricane Irma generated more trash than the department collects in a full year through its curbside bulky waste program and from the DSWM’s 13 Neighborhood Trash and Recycling Centers. If all of the Hurricane Irma debris was lined up in a pile one yard high and one yard wide, the pile would stretch the driving distance from Miami to Montreal, Canada – more than 1600 miles. 

Collecting the debris left behind by Hurricane Irma is an enormous task, but the department’s bulky waste collection crews and hundreds of crews from six contracted debris haulers continue to work seven days a week to ensure that every debris pile will be collected. Not only is the department collecting debris piles from the curbsides of 340,000 customers in our 320-square mile service area, it is also responsible for removing debris from the public rights-of-way and on County-maintained roads in unincorporated Miami-Dade and several municipalities. Between September 11th and October 2nd, crews have collected more than 500,000 cubic yards of debris and they continue to make progress.

Preliminary estimates show that it will take at least 60 days and possibly longer to remove all of the debris in the department’s service area. The progress of debris removal efforts can be impacted by the amount of debris in an area (some neighborhoods lost significant tree canopy), inclement weather and traffic on local roadways, so the public’s continued patience is requested and greatly appreciated.

New Tool To Track Debris Removal Progress

The DSWM has launched a new GIS tool that can be used to view the progress of hurricane debris collection. The department’s residential curbside waste collection customers can use the new Hurricane Irma Debris Viewer to see if their area has been assigned for the first pass of County debris removal efforts. The interactive map allows users to enter their address to see whether debris removal is in progress, completed or pending. The map is live, so users can check back regularly for updates. 

Important Information for Homeowner Associations and Communities with Private Roads

The Federal Emergency Management Agency requires compliance with specific guidelines for federal reimbursement of the County’s debris collection activities on private roads. Communities with private roads must execute a Right of Entry agreement (PDF) that will allow DSWM or its contractors to enter communities with private roads and begin debris removal. 

Representatives of a property management company or homeowner association that receive residential curbside waste collection service from the DSWM are asked to please complete the Right of Entry form and e-mail the signed copy to IrmaROE@miamidade.gov.

For additional information on the County’s Hurricane Irma hurricane debris removal efforts, please call 311 or visit www.miamidade.gov/solidwaste.