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Hurricane Irma Recovery Updates

Storm Debris Removal

The general concept of debris removal operations includes multiple, scheduled passes of road on public right-of-ways.  The focus is on collecting the debris, reducing and/or recycling, and final disposal.  All aspects of the debris operation will be completed following all local, state, and federal regulations under the oversight of the City debris monitor.

Please keep in mind that collection of storm debris is ongoing, and may take a while.  To help ensure that debris is collected in the most efficient, safe, and timely manner, the City of Plantation asks citizens to separate debris at the curbside/right-of-way (ROW) by debris type. MIXED/COMINGLED LOADS WILL NOT BE PICKED UP.

Debris Types

  • Vegetative Debris – includes shrubs, palm fronds, tree trimmings, grass and leaves, twigs or cut up branches
  • Construction & Demolition Debris (C&D) – materials relating directly to construction or demolition of buildings, such as cement, dry-wall, glassinsulation, concrete blocks, etc
  • White Goods Debris – appliances, including refrigerators, ranges, washing machines, clothes dryers, freezers, microwave ovens, air conditioners, etc
  • E-Goods Debris – Electronics, including TVs, computers, stereos, phones, DVD players, etc.

Hurricane debris removal – PUBLIC ROADWAYS: 

  • City crews have been actively clearing roads since Sunday, September 10 at 6:00 PM. There is still a tremendous amount of storm debris on the rights of way so please be careful when driving.
  • We are asking residents to be patient as Public Works crews and contractors work diligently to clear the streets of debris.

Hurricane debris removal – PRIVATE ROADWAYS:

  • The City received approval from FEMA on October 25, 2017 to collect debris from neighborhoods and gated communities served by private roadways.  This means Plantation will be eligible to receive the 75% reimbursement of the removal cost.
  • Additionally, City Council voted to authorize contractors to enter private roadways and remove the debris at the October 25 Council meeting.
  • Debris removal on private roadways began October 26.

Make sure you follow these rules to ensure your debris is collected:

  • All storm related landscaping debris should be placed in a pile on your property’s swale adjacent to, but not blocking, the roadway.
  • Tree debris such as branches and tree trunks should be cut into sections and piled neatly together.
  • Place vegetative debris away from mailboxes, water meters, street signs, light poles, and fire hydrants to allow room for heavy machinery to pick up debris.
  • Do not place debris in the roadway, where it can fall into the roadway, or on top of storm drains.
  • UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should bulk pickup items be comingled with landscape/vegetation. Mixed loads WILL NOT be picked up.

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