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Posted on: May 14, 2019

ILLEGAL DUMPING IN MONROE COUNTY IS A GROWING PROBLEM PAID FOR BY TAXPAYERS

Right of Way Illegal Dumping

It is illegal and can be a felony to dump household appliances, construction materials, boats, trailers, RVs, and vegetative debris on County-owned vacant land and County rights-of-way and streets.

This fiscal year, there has been an increase of 227 tons of illegally dumped debris – 87 percent more than the year before Hurricane Irma. The extra disposal cost is paid by Monroe County taxpayers.

“The illegally dumped debris affects our quality of life, wildlife, and marine habitats,” said Cheryl Sullivan, Monroe County Director of Solid Waste. “It is a growing issue since Hurricane Irma and we need to discourage this type of behavior.”

Putting residential Hurricane Irma debris on the side of roads for pickup as part of the County’s recovery efforts ended more than a year ago. The County is working on curtailing dumping at hotspots, possibly by adding surveillance to the areas.

Household appliances – beds, dressers, appliances, carpeting, etc. – can be removed by local haulers at no cost to the resident. Contact your local hauler for more information.

Local haulers in the Keys include:

  • Key West to 7 Mile Bridge: Waste Management - 305-296-8297
  • 7 Mile Bridge to MM 72.5: Marathon Garbage Service - 305-743-5165
  • Village of Islamorada: Advanced Disposal - 305-853-3433
  • MM 91 to the County Line: Keys Sanitary Services - 305-451-2025
  • Ocean Reef: 305-367-2611

Boats, boat trailers, RVs without motors, campers, and other big items can be disposed at Monroe County’s three transfer stations at a price per ton.

To contact a transfer station regarding pricing, call:

  • Cudjoe Key: 305-745-2513
  • Long Key: 305-664-2263
  • Key Largo: 305-367-4236

If you see illegal dumping, call Monroe County Sheriff’s Office at 305-292-7000. For more information about illegal dumping, call Monroe County Solid Waste at 305-295-4323.

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