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Haulers tell plans for picking up storm debris

Local governments know storm debris is piling up, and they have advice for residents: Be patient as solid waste departments assess how much debris they have to deal with. Here's a look at garbage collection and yard debris removal in Tampa, Hillsborough County and Temple Terrace:

TAMPA: The city had begun normal residential, commercial and recycling collection as of Monday. City debris removal operations were to resume at 7 a.m. today and will continue from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week, until all debris is collected.

People who have heavy debris such as tree trunks and large limbs should place it by their curb for pickup. If possible, cut the heavy debris into 5-foot lengths and separate any building materials such as plywood or sheet metal from trees.

Questions can be directed to the Tampa Debris Hotline at (813) 232-6862 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Information also is available on

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY: Household garbage and recyclables are collected as normally scheduled. Residents should place storm debris at the curb, but there's no set schedule on when it will be picked up. County residents may deliver yard waste to one of the county's processing centers:

350 Falkenburg Road, north of Route 60.

8001 Linebaugh Ave., west of the Veterans Expressway.

U.S. 41 north of Big Bend.

Call (813) 272-5900 for debris that's too large to be placed at the curb, and call (813) 272-5680 to reach the county's Solid Waste Department.

TEMPLE TERRACE: Residential garbage and recycling collection started regularly scheduled pickups on Monday. Regular yard waste (weeds, small plants) should be placed for pickup on Wednesday. Larger excess yard waste such as tree limbs should be placed on the curb to be picked up by the City of Tampa. Call (813) 989-7170.


PICKING UP THE PIECES: Tim Nelson, 22, of Hudson removes a drawer from his childhood dresser in a wrecked room of his home after the roof was blown off Sunday afternoon. Tim and his mother, Joanne Nelson, lived in the home for 13 years. Almost two years ago, they bought it.

KEEPING TRAFFIC MOVING: Tampa Police Detective Tony Zambito directs traffic Monday afternoon through W Bay to Bay and S Dale Mabry Highway. The traffic lights at the intersection were damaged during Jeanne.