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Hurricane Irma debris collection winds down

Crews making big push to collect remaining hurricane debris in the coming weeks

MIAMI (November 02, 2017)

The Miami-Dade County Department of Solid Waste Management (DSWM) has made excellent progress on Hurricane Irma debris collection. In the 52 days since the storm, the department’s bulky crews and six debris contractors and their subcontractors have removed 3,370,788 cubic yards of hurricane debris. Miami-Dade County is the largest, fastest moving disaster debris project across the country at this time with hundreds of trucks operating and the most debris collected to date.

DSWM crews and contractors have nearly completed initial debris collection efforts throughout the community. Contractors are being assigned to pass through the County again to remove any remaining hurricane debris at curbside. Contracted crews will also be removing any loose tree trunks/stumps that remain on the right-of-way in front of residents’ homes. Residents are reminded that piles containing tires, appliances, electronics, hazardous waste and bagged kitchen garbage will not be collected during hurricane debris removal efforts.

All of the material being collected in the DSWM debris program is being taken to Florida Department of Environmental Protection-approved temporary staging sites throughout the County where the debris is size-reduced and hauled out for final disposal. 

Hurricane Debris Removal on Private Roads

In early October, the department began communicating with property management companies and homeowner associations to obtain signed and properly executed Right of Entry forms for debris removal in communities with private roads. The department will continue to accept Right of Entry forms until November 10, 2017. After that time, property management companies and HOAs responsible for private road communities will need to arrange for debris removal using the services of private contractors. 

Returning the community to its pre-storm condition is the County’s top priority. DSWM crews and contractors continue to work on debris management activities, and the department anticipates that debris collection efforts will be completed in the coming weeks. Once debris removal is completed, DSWM expects to resume scheduled bulky waste collection service in December. 

Miami-Dade residents interested in updates on DSWM’s debris removal progress have a number of options at their disposal. Residents can see if their home is an area that has been assigned to a contractor, is pending assignment or has been completed for the initial hurricane debris removal on the Hurricane Irma Debris Viewer. Countywide updates and tips for managing debris, including how private road communities can obtain and execute a Right of Entry Form, can be found on the Recovering Hurricane Irma Together web page. DSWM often posts updates on its Facebook and Twitter accounts. For general information on DSWM, residents can either call 311 or visit DSWM’s website.