Storm Vegetative Debris Pick-Up Guidelines For Indian River County

Indian River County guidelines for preparing vegetative storm debris for pick-up.
Indian River County guidelines for preparing vegetative storm debris for pick-up.

SEBASTIAN – A preliminary assessment by Indian River County staff estimates that there is at least 100,000 cubic yards of vegetative debris from Hurricane Irma. It is possible that this figure will increase as assessments continue.

Therefore, the County will have a special storm related vegetative debris collection beginning next week for Public Roads in the unincorporated area of Indian River County.

The County is working with FEMA to determine if funding will be available for collection of storm related vegetative debris on Private Roads. They will provide updated information when it becomes available. Please be aware that this is subject to change due to Hurricane Irma’s impact.

The following are some Indian River County guidelines for preparing vegetative storm debris for pick-up:

  • Vegetative debris should be placed curbside, not in the roadways or sidewalks.
  • Do not place vegetative debris under trees that will impede equipment used to remove debris.
  • Debris should be sorted into separate piles. Wood/construction debris, metals, white goods such as refrigerators/hot water heaters/ dishwasher should not be commingled.
  • Do not use plastic bags for vegetative debris as it makes it impossible to recycle or mulch. Do not put garbage in the vegetative debris piles.
  • Do not put vegetative debris on storm drains, fire hydrants, water meters, or any other utility features in the right of way.

Please be aware that dumping any type of debris from private subdivisions onto public roadways or not disposing of debris in a legal manner is subject to code enforcement action by Indian River County.

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