West Palm Beach Picks Up +40% Post-Irma Debris
“We are making good progress and eliminating debris faster than other municipalities in the area,”
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (September 26, 2017)-- The City of West Palm Beach is now almost halfway through First Pass Debris Collection of ‘Operation Cleanup’—the City’s massive post-hurricane debris removal effort. As of Monday morning, the City had picked up 51,000 cubic yards of material across 40% of the City.
“We are making good progress and eliminating debris faster than other municipalities in the area,” said Assistant City Administrator, Scott Kelly. “The City was proactive in its development of post-hurricane sanitation plans, and we were able to get boots on the ground quickly to expedite the Irma recovery process.”
City efforts included more than 100 City and contract personnel working 12 hours a day and seven days a week shifts to remove an unprecedented amount of debris.
Residents are asked to please be mindful of the following tips for debris removal:
· Don’t place debris in plastic bags, as debris in plastic bags must be processed in a different and more time consuming manner.
· Do not place construction and demolition debris on top of the yard waste pile. Please separate piles into like materials.
· Don’t obstruct sidewalks, walkways or travel lanes.
· Do not place bulk waste for removal, as we are not picking up bulk waste at this time.
COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT POST-HURRICANE DEBRIS REMOVAL:
· When is my debris going to be picked up? Please be patient. We are working diligently to remove your debris. We are now in the first pass debris collection phase of cleanup and have completed debris removal in approximately 40% of the City during this phase.
· Should I put debris in plastic bags? Please do not put your debris in plastic bags. Your pickup may be delayed as a result. However, if you have already done so, you can help with the process by separating the bags from the yard debris.
· What about bulk waste? Not at this time. The City is currently working on a plan to pick up bulk waste.
· Is the City still picking up garbage and materials for recycling? Yes. We will pick these up on your regularly scheduled days.
The City reminds the public to be patient as we remove debris from our 55-square mile city. Residents will see great progress in the days and weeks ahead.