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Storm Debris Pickup Update

14K+ cubic yards collected in first four days

Storm debris efforts ramped up over the weekend so that as of today over 14,867 cubic yards of debris has been collected by the city and its debris removal contractor, DRC Emergency Services.

Today the city’s Solid Waste Division resumed all regular collection schedules of household, recyclables and commercial collections.

Last Thursday, October 13, DRC Emergency Services was mobilized in the city with 12 trucks and trailers equipped with a “claw” for debris collection. By yesterday that number has increased to 22 units that have thus far collected 228 loads of debris. This is in addition to the collections by the City of St. Augustine and crews from other Florida municipalities assisting the city. That total is being compiled.

The increased effort is the result of a more realistic estimate of the amount of debris. Last week, at first observation, debris of all types was estimated at 30,000 cubic yards. That estimate has now grown to 80,000 cubic yards: 50,000 of vegetative debris, and the remainder being construction and household debris.

The leap in estimation over several days is in part because crews on the ground are getting a better look at just how much material there is, and because more and more debris is being placed by the curb as residents and businesses continue to clean-up after the storm.

The city has completed removal of “hangers and leaners,” low hanging limbs and leaning trees in the city’s right-of-way. All total, there were 1,732 hangers and 35 leaners removed


Don't mix materials, Mind the 15-ft rule
Keep vegetative debris and construction debris separate; mixed trash will not be picked up. City crews will NOT remove storm debris, including downed trees, from private property and will only pickup material left curbside in the city right-of-way.  Make sure debris is off the street but no further than 15-feet from the curb and away from fire hydrants, mailboxes, and utility boxes to avoid additional damage.

Vegetative debris
Storm debris is only vegetative and not mixed with any other types of debris or garbage. Vegetative debris consists of tree stumps, branches, trunks and other leafy material. Only loose vegetative debris will be collected. Do not place storm debris in bags or cans as the crews will not know for certain it is vegetative material.   

Construction debris, Hazardous waste
Construction debris should be removed by contractors performing work. Construction debris may be placed curbside if the work is being performed by residents, but must be separated from yard debris and household garbage. Hazardous waste will not be collected curbside, such as chemicals, paint, propane and pesticides. For proper disposal information, contact St. Johns County Solid Waste Management Department at 904.827.6980, or visit its website here.

For more information or with specific questions, call the Public Works Department at 904.825.1040.