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INSIDER Newsletter (9/27/17)


Hurricane Irma Debris Removal Update & FAQs


September 27, 2017




Dear City Resident:

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 Tuesday, the City had picked up 57,000 cubic yards of material across more than 60% of our City. 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.
  • When placing debris for pickup, please 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.


  • 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 60% 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? We are not picking up bulk waste 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 thanks you for being patient while we remove debris from our 55-square mile city. Residents will see great progress in the days and weeks ahead!


Department of Public Works

City of West Palm Beach








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