Questions about storm debris removal?
(Storm debris hotline for residents of unincorporated Sarasota County)
Garbage collection service resumes normal schedule
- Monday pickup - is Monday; Tuesday pickup - is Tuesday and so on.
As additional services become available and steps are taken, we'll update this webpage with new information.
Preparing Storm Debris for Removal
Vegetative storm debris such as tree limbs and trunks (less than 20 foot in length) may be placed in the right-of-way roadside for collection by the county’s debris collection contractor.
Avoid stacking debris by utility poles, under power lines and tree canopies, on top of water meters or other water connections, by fire hydrants, by vehicles, next to mailboxes or fences or on storm drains. Place vegetative storm debris away from other waste or recycling items. Do not place storm debris in the street. If debris is not properly prepared, the property owner/resident is responsible for debris disposal and the cost to remove the debris.
Right of Entry for Residences on Private Roads After a Storm
We are working diligently to remove storm debris from across the county, and we appreciate your patience as we implement the process of debris removal.
As part of that process, the county must consider that more than half the roads in the county are private roadways. Collecting debris on private roadways requires coordination and review from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to ensure it’s an eligible expense.
Our efforts are already underway to move as quickly as possible through this process. On Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, the Board of County Commission approved a necessary resolution allowing us to move through this review process. The state has also been very helpful and provided additional guidance that we’re closely following to expedite the application process.
Working with FEMA to review and approve this request ensures the county’s eligibility for reimbursement of the costs incurred for the storm debris removal from private roadways.
The local state of emergency declared Sept. 7, 2017, as well as the Federal Disaster Declaration instituted on Sept. 10, 2017, provides our ability to pursue recovery programs for our citizens.
Once FEMA approves the county’s application, we will also need written permission (Right of Entry/Hold Harmless Agreement) to enter the private roadways. There are already several hundred agreements on file with the county, and we’ll be reaching out to Home-owners Associations (HOA), property management companies, and private road owners in the coming days in effort to obtain more agreements.
How can you help?
- If not, contact your HOA and request that they complete a Right of Entry/Hold Harmless Agreement. Please email signed and notarized agreements to email@example.com or fax them to 941-486-2620.
- For more information on the Right of Entry/Hold Harmless Agreement, view Sarasota County's letter to homeowners or contact solid waste at 941-861-1583.
If a resident hires a contractor to perform any type of work involving debris, you need to make sure that the contractor knows they are also responsible for disposal of the debris.
Contractors are required by law to dispose of debris properly; they cannot place it in the road’s right-of-way.
This doesn’t apply to work performed by faith-based organizations and volunteers.
Debris from commercial establishments is the responsibility of the property owner. County debris recovery operations will not be provided to these parcels. Commercial property owners should contact their insurance company for assistance or FEMA Small Business Assistance Program.