One of the better problems to have is a pile of unused sandbags. Sandbags that have come into contact with floodwaters may be contaminated with bacteria, so do not dispose of any sand or full sandbags in your regular trash. It’s not generally safe to use in a child’s sandbox, and it often includes granules of all different sizes, including coarse grains that can clog storm drains. If the sandbags have not come into contact with floodwaters, you can recycle the sand by spreading it on lawns or landscape beds. Keep and store clean sandbags for preparation for future events.

If you have dry/unused sandbags:

  • DO: Reuse for future  flood prevention.
  • DO: Use in flower gardens 
  • DO: throw away empty bags in a trash can
  • DO NOT: use in sandboxes
  • DO NOT: dispose on school yards
  • DO NOT: dispose on beaches

If you have a used sandbag (it has come into contact with floodwaters):

  • DO: empty the sand and dispose in trash cans
  • DO: Put used full sandbags that weigh less than 40 lbs at the curb for pickup
  • DO NOT: Have any item that exceeds 40 lbs
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 Helpful Resources  National Weather Service
 FEMA  American Red Cross (Southwest Florida Chapter)
 Florida Division of Emergency Management  National Hurricane Center
 Florida Power & Light (FPL)  Sarasota County Sheriff's Office
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 City of Sarasota  Town of Longboat Key