Hurricane Debris Removal

Debris Collection on Big Pine Key Dec. 2017-W

After a hurricane in Monroe County, FEMA eligible hurricane-related debris will be picked up free of charge by Monroe County contractors in unincorporated Monroe County, the City of Layton, and the City of Key Colony Beach. The City of Key West, the Village of Islamorada, and the City of Marathon also have contractors who will pick up hurricane-related debris free of charge.

Where do I put my hurricane-related debris for pickup?

  • Stack your hurricane-related debris on the County right-of-way, or road shoulder, in front of your home. It must not block the road or driveways.
  • Do not put debris on vacant lots or other private property. It will not be picked up.
  • In the areas that have vacuum sewers in Key Largo and Tavernier, make sure not to stack debris near sewer system breathers, which are in the right-of-way. In the Upper Keys, they look like small concrete pillars.
  • Keep debris away from fire hydrants and utility poles.

How do I separate my hurricane-related debris for pickup?

You must separate your hurricane-related debris into five groups:

  • Vegetative debris, like tree branches and leaves.
  • Seaweed.
  • Household appliances, also known as white goods, like refrigerators, stoves, and dishwashers.
  • Household hazardous waste, which includes paints and cleaners.
  • Non-vegetative debris, like drywall, mattresses, sofas, televisions, etc. 

Regular household trash needs to be disposed of during the regular collection of garbage. Contents of refrigerators need to be thrown out in the regular trash that is picked up by regular garbage collection.

Chart of FEMA guidelines on how to separate debris for curbside pickup after a hurricane.

What hurricane-related debris are NOT eligible for free pickup?

In addition to household trash, things that are not eligible for hurricane-related pickup by debris contractor include cars, trucks, motorcycles, trailers, boats or other watercraft, and car parts, like tires. Regular household trash should be placed in containers for regular pickup.