Hurricane Debris Removal

Debris Collection on Big Pine Key Dec. 2017-W

After hurricanes in Monroe County, hurricane-related debris that is FEMA eligible 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 Keys' municipalities of 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.

But you must follow the correct process.

Where do I put my hurricane related debris for pickup?

  • Stack your hurricane-related debris on the County right of way (road shoulder) in front of homes. 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.
  • Debris also should be kept away from fire hydrants and utility poles.

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

How do I separate my hurricane related debris for pickup?

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

  • vegetative debris (tree branches, leaves)
  • seaweed
  • household appliances (white goods)
  • household hazardous waste, which includes paints, cleaners, etc.
  • non-vegetative debris

This needs to be kept separate from regular household trash. Contents of refrigerators should be thrown out in regular trash. This gets picked up by regular garbage collection.

What hurricane-related debris is FEMA eligible for free pickup?

In addition to household trash, things that are not eligible for pick up by debris contractor include cars, trucks, motor cycles, trailers, boats or other watercraft and car parts like tires.