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Solid Waste & Recycling

Hurricane Debris Collection

Hurricane Ian Debris Collection  (updated: 10/25/2022)

The City and a contracted hauler began Hurricane Debris Collection on 10/3/2022.

  • The City is divided into 4 zones each representing approximately 25% of the City’s population.

  • City collection teams began working outward from the City center starting in Zone 4 on 10/3.
  • Crews will shift zones counterclockwise each work day picking up where work left off when they return to that zone.
 Where will the City be collecting next:
  • 10/29 – Focus on hardest hit areas with big piles
  • 10/30 – Focus on hardest hit areas with big piles
  • 10/31 – Focus on remaining areas that have not received a first pass
  • 11/1 – Focus on remaining areas that have not received a first pass
  • 11/2 – Focus on remaining areas that have not received a first pass
  • 11/3 – Focus on remaining areas that have not received a first pass
  • 11/4 – Focus on remaining areas that have not received a first pass
When was the City last in my zone?: 
  • 10/3 – Zone 4
  • 10/4 – Zone 3
  • 10/5 – Zone 1
  • 10/6 – Zone 2
  • 10/7 – Zone 2 & 4
  • 10/8 – Focus on hardest hit areas with big piles
  • 10/9 – Focus on hardest hit areas with big piles
  • 10/10 – Zone 4
  • 10/11 – Zone 3
  • 10/12 – Zone 1
  • 10/13 – Zone 2
  • 10/14 – Focus on hardest hit areas with big piles
  • 10/15 –  Focus on hardest hit areas with big piles
  • 10/16 – Focus on hardest hit areas with big piles
  • 10/17 – Zone 4
  • 10/18 – Zone 3
  • 10/19 – Zone 1
  • 10/20 – Zone 2
  • 10/21 – Focus on hardest hit areas with big piles
  • 10/22 – Focus on hardest hit areas with big piles
  • 10/23 – Focus on hardest hit areas with big piles
  • 10/24 – Zone 4
  • 10/25 – Zone 3
  • 10/26 – Zone 1
  • 10/27 – Zone 2
  • 10/28 – Focus on hardest hit areas with big piles
What streets have received a first pass collection?: 

The button below links to a map of the streets that have received a first pass collection by City teams as of the “updated” date on the top of this page.

Debris Collection Map

Where is the contractor working?

The debris contractor currently has 24 trucks working in the general Winter Haven area. They are currently roaming and focused on removing the largest piles in the area. This compliments they City’s systematic sweep of the zones.

Other Frequently Asked Questions: 

Where should I place my debris from the storm?

All debris should be placed curbside, clear of the roadway, and any overhead conflicts that might prevent pick up. Vegetative debris should be kept separate from the other categories of debris  to prevent material contamination. The bagged brush is considered household garbage and should be placed with garbage, not with other loose vegetative debris.

Can I schedule a pick-up of debris?

The City of Winter Haven is not scheduling pick-ups of Storm Debris.

How should I dispose of sandbags?

Dry sand bags can be stored for future use. If you need to dispose of the bag, empty the sand from the bags by scattering it across your yard. Do not pour sand into a storm drain. Place the empty bags into your garbage container.

Can I put my bagged brush with my other tree limbs?

No. Bagged Brush is considered household garbage; please put it in your trash receptacle. Only loose vegetative debris should be piled together. This is due to how the debris is processed and recycled.

If you have bagged brush that cannot be disposed of in your trash receptacle, it can be placed curbside separate from construction debris and loose vegetative debris. It can be collected in future subsequent passes. This may take time as clearing loose vegetative debris is the priority for the first pass of debris cleanup.

When will you collect hazardous waste, construction debris, and white goods?

Hazardous Waste must be taken to the landfill. White Goods will be collected by contracted crews and City Staff in subsequent collection passes of the City. Please leave items on the curb for pickup.

Why do I need to separate my piles?

To expedite the debris removal process, debris must be categorized. This ensures that your materials are collected as quickly as possible.

My neighbor’s tree fell onto my property. Am I allowed to cut the tree?

You can only trim areas on your property. You cannot enter your neighbor’s property to remove any limbs or the whole tree itself without permission from your neighbor.