Data collected through Nov. 16, 2017
Sarasota County is preparing for the second pass to collect from residents any remaining vegetative storm-related debris from Hurricane Irma.
- For residents in zones “C”, “N”, and “S”, place any remaining vegetative storm debris at the curb for collection by midnight on Sunday, Nov. 26.
- For residents in zones “E”, and “M”, place any remaining vegetative storm debris at the curb for collection by midnight on Sunday, Dec. 3.
You can now track the progress of vegetative storm debris collection in Sarasota County through the debris pick-up status map. Enter your address in the search bar located in the top left-hand corner of the map. To see the estimated collection start date for your residential zone, zoom out by clicking on the minus sign located in the top left-hand corner of the map. The map will be updated daily (Monday-Friday).
Debris placed curbside after the deadline date will not be collected. Piles that include fresh landscaping or yard waste will be disqualified for pick-up per FEMA regulations. If your pile was tagged as “green or ineligible debris” during the first collection pass, then you will need to prepare your pile for pick-up by Waste Management for your regular yard waste collection day.
For piles that were tagged for a reason other than “green or ineligible debris” and you have made corrections to the pile, then the pile will be collected during the second pass.
Like the first collection pass, keep your vegetative storm debris pile separated from your regular trash, recycling and yard waste, and away from mailboxes, fire hydrants, water meters, utility lines or other objects that could be damaged during pickup.
Should you have any questions, please contact the Storm Debris Hotline at 855-866-5654.
The map does not have a date listed for my neighborhood.
If you live within city limits of Sarasota, Venice or North Port or the Town of Longboat Key, you will need to contact the city to determine when your storm debris will be collected.
What kind of debris is Sarasota County picking up after Hurricane Irma?
Sarasota County’s storm debris contractors will only be picking up loose and bulky vegetative storm debris.
- Waste Management will be picking up all other debris that is properly prepared.
- If other items (i.e. fences, garbage bags, etc.) are mixed in the vegetative storm debris pile, or if they are too close in proximity, the debris contractor may not be able to pick up the vegetative storm debris.
- It’s important to keep your vegetative storm debris pile separated from your regular trash, recycling and yard waste, and away from mailboxes, fire hydrants, water meters, utility lines or other objects that could be damaged during pickup.
Why does my vegetative storm debris need to be separated from properly prepared yard waste?In order to qualify for FEMA reimbursement, only loose and bulky vegetative debris is being collected by the debris contractor.
- Sarasota County’s regular yard waste provider, Waste Management, will continue to collect properly prepared yard waste (4’ or less in length, 40 pounds or less in weight and bagged, containerized, bundled or tied).
Why can’t I add new landscaping and yard waste to my vegetative storm debris pile?
- Piles that include fresh landscaping or yard waste will be disqualified for pickup per FEMA regulations.
- Storm debris monitors are present during the debris collections to verify vegetative debris being collected is storm related.
- Newly generated landscaping or yard debris from regular maintenance at your residence should be prepared properly for curbside pickup by Waste Management.
- Items should be 4’ or less in length, 40 pounds or less in weight and bagged, containerized, bundled or tied.
Why did the debris contractors leave the tree stumps?
The process for collecting tree stumps is different than the process for collecting the loose and bulky vegetative storm debris.
- FEMA requires Sarasota County to document the tree stump by taking photographs and measurements of the stump for agency review and approval before the tree stump can be removed from the right-of-way.
- Sarasota County will submit the documentation to FEMA for review and approval prior to the collection of tree stumps.
- Debris contractors have recorded the location of any tree stumps that were not picked up during the initial debris collection and will return to pick them up.
- Please be sure that all earth material has been completely removed from the base of the stump.
What do I do with the small piles of leaves, twigs, moss, etc. that were left behind by the debris contractors?
These items should be placed with your regular yard waste to be collected by Waste Management during your regular weekly service.
The debris contractor caused damage to my property during the collection of my loose and bulky vegetative storm debris. Who do I contact?
- If the debris contractor has damaged your property, such as a mailbox, fence, sidewalk, driveway or grass, contact Sarasota County at 941-861-5000.
- If the debris contractor hit a utility pole or utility line, the debris contractor will report the damage to the proper entity to submit a repair request.
NOTE: Waste Management continues to service regular trash, recycling and yard waste that has been properly prepared. Waste Management is not the vendor responsible for collection of the loose and bulky vegetative storm debris from Hurricane Irma. Please do not contact Waste Management about damage to your property cause by the collection of storm debris.
My vegetative storm debris pile was tagged. What does that mean?
Vegetative storm debris piles will be tagged if they are inaccessible to the removal equipment or if they are mixed with either non-vegetative materials or properly prepared materials.
Piles that have been tagged and corrected will be collected when the initial routes in the zone have been completed and before the contractor is cleared to leave the zone. This could take up to two weeks.
My fence blew down during Hurricane Irma. How do I get rid of it?
There are three ways for Sarasota County residents to dispose of fencing that was destroyed during Hurricane Irma.
- Fencing may be properly prepared and placed curbside for pickup by Waste Management during their regularly scheduled routes. Fence pieces should be cut into sections measuring no more than 4’x4’, weighing less than 40 lbs. and stacked neatly near your garbage containers. There is no additional cost for this service.
- If fence pieces have not been properly prepared for regular curbside pickup, residents may contact Waste Management at 941-493-4100 to obtain a quote for a bulk pickup.
- Residents may bring their storm-related damaged fences to the Landfill for disposal during regular hours of operation (Monday-Friday between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday between 8 a.m.-2 p.m.). Proper ID of county residency is required. Fees for disposal of storm-related damaged fences have been waived until further notice.
There are patches of dead grass in my yard from where my storm debris was piled up. Will the county be replacing the grass?Since these losses are storm-related, they are not recoverable losses and the county is not responsible for the damage or replacement. Citizens should look to their insurance or FEMA for guidance.
What can I do to help expedite the removal of my vegetative storm debris?
- Residents may self-haul their residential vegetative storm debris to the Landfill for disposal.
- Associated fees for this type of disposal have been waived for residents until further notice.
- Or residents can properly prepare the vegetative storm debris for pickup by Waste Management during your regular weekly pickup.
- Residents may self-haul their residential vegetative storm debris to the Landfill for disposal.
Are you still waiving tipping fees at the Landfill?
Tipping fees will be waived until further notice for residents hauling their own residential storm-related vegetative debris.
- All other items brought into the Landfill will be billed at the published rates.
Why is it taking so long to pick up the vegetative storm debris?
After big storm events, FEMA estimates cleanup periods to last between 90-180 days depending on the severity of the event and the damage caused to a particular area.
- There are over 2,100 miles of roadway throughout Sarasota County that have vegetative storm debris that require pick up.
- Currently there are approximately 60 vehicles collecting debris including resources from Sarasota County’s debris contractor and Sarasota County.
- These teams are working south and north county areas.
Many of the storm debris contractors were deployed to Texas after Hurricane Harvey.
- Additionally, the same storm debris contractors were also deployed to other counties and municipalities throughout the state of Florida after Hurricane Irma.
- As the needs from their recovery efforts continue to lessen, more trucks and resources will continue to be redeployed to Florida.
- We are working with our debris contractors on a daily basis to continue to secure more resources to assist with debris removal.
Waste Management did not pick up my garbage, recycling or properly prepared yard waste this week. Who do I contact?Call Waste Management at 941-493-4100 to report a missed pickup.
I have additional questions about storm debris removal. Who do I contact?
Residents in unincorporated Sarasota County should call the Storm Debris Hotline at 855-866-5654.
Right of Entry for Storm Debris Removal: Residences on Private Roads
Hurricane Irma generated close to 250,000 cubic yards of vegetative debris across the county and we are working diligently to remove it. We appreciate your patience as we work through the debris removal process.
More than half the roads in the county are private roadways and debris collection on private roadways requires coordination and review from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to ensure the county’s eligibility for reimbursement of the costs incurred.
Sarasota County’s efforts are already underway to move as quickly as possible through this process.
- The local state of emergency declared Sept. 7, 2017, as well as the Federal Disaster Declaration instituted on Sept. 10, 2017, enables us to pursue recovery programs for our citizens.
- In addition, the Sarasota Board of County Commissioners has now passed a resolution to move forward with the pickup on private roads and to apply to FEMA for reimbursement of those costs.
To enter the private roadways, Sarasota County needs written permission on a Right of Entry Onto Private Property for Debris Removal Disaster Assistance form from homeowners or homeowner associations.
Sarasota County’s staff is continuing to reach out to Homeowner Associations (HOA), property management companies and private road owners to obtain completed agreements.
How can you help?
If your residence is on a private road and is part of a Homeowners Association, have an authorized agent of the HOA complete the Right of Entry Onto Private Property for Debris Removal Disaster Assistance form.
If your residence is on a private road but is not part of a Homeowners Association, each resident on the private road must complete the Right of Entry Onto Private Property for Debris Removal Disaster Assistance form.
Email completed and signed agreements to ROE@scgov.net or fax them to 941-486-2620.
For more information on the Right of Entry Onto Private Property for Debris Removal Disaster Assistance form, email the Right of Entry department at ROE@scgov.net or call 941-861-5000.
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.