All right, Tampa Bay. We made it to the end of this trying week. Pat yourselves on the back.
Hopefully your weekend doesn't include too much cleaning and clearing in and around your home, but it probably does, so here's what to do with all that stuff Hurricane Irma destroyed, sorted by geography for your convenience. Keep in mind this is specific for storm debris, not your regular household trash.
Unincorporated Pinellas County: Collection starts Monday and will last several weeks, according to the county. Sort your debris into two piles: vegetation (branches and logs up to 10 feet) and construction and demolition (shingles, drywall, carpet, furniture, plumbing, etc.). Place it in front of your house within 10 feet of the curb, usually in that spot between the sidewalk and the road. Don't block fire hydrants or storm drains or stack debris against trees or poles. And don't worry about putting it all out on Monday; county crews will do two or three rounds to the same neighborhoods.
Residents can also take their debris to the Pinellas County landfill facility at 3095 114th Ave. N in St. Petersburg between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, but fees apply. It's $10 a truckload.
St. Petersburg: Collection starts early next week. Separate brush such as trees and branches from other storm debris, such as fencing. Place it in front of your house behind the curb. Residents don't need to call. Crews will hit every neighborhood over the next several weeks. Tired of that debris sitting there in your almost-pristine yard, taunting you with its chaos? Take brush or recyclables to one of the city's brush sites. Residents must show a proof of residency. The sites are located at:
• 1000 62nd Ave. NE
• 7750 26th Ave. N
• 2500 26th Ave. S
• 4015 Dr. Martin Luther King St. S
• 2453 20th Ave. N
Questions? Call sanitation special collections at (727) 893-7398.
Clearwater: Debris pickup will go in order of your normal trash pickup day. Crews started with the Monday route this week. City officials expect the whole process to take three to four weeks. Then they'll move on Tuesday and so on. Stack — don't bundle — your branches, broken fences, appliances, etc. in the front of your house along the curb, not along the roadway and not blocking a fire hydrant or storm drain. If you want to get rid of the debris sooner rather than later, you can take it to the Pinellas County landfill facility at 3095 114th Ave. N in St. Petersburg between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, but fees apply. It's $10 a truck load.
Largo: Collection starts Monday. Place your storm-generated debris behind the curb split into categories to include vegetation, construction and demolition material, appliances, electronics, household hazardous waste.
Pinellas Park: Collection starts Monday. Items to be picked up include yard and construction debris. Sort the debris into piles by type and don't stack it against trees, poles or fire hydrants, and don't block storm drains. The waste management transfer station at 12950 40th St. is open every day from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to drop off vegetation. Four brush sites will also be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday to drop off vegetation.
• Broderick Park — 6101 66th Ave. N
• Helen Howarth Park — 6301 94th Ave.,
• Pinebrook Park — 7202 118th Ave. N
• Northwest corner of 78th Avenue and 60th Street
Tarpon Springs: Collection starts Monday. Stack debris such as vegetation, appliances, electronics, construction materials and household hazardous waste between the street and the sidewalk, if you have one, or behind the curb if you don't. Don't bundle your debris and don't put it in the road. The city's yard waste facility at 898 S Levis Ave. is open as well for vegetation only. Normal dumping rates apply. It's open from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Dunedin: Collection starts Monday. Separate vegetation from lumber and construction debris. Crews will make several passes through the city with different types of equipment. Different types of debris will be picked up on different days.
Safety Harbor: Public works crews have started on the south side and are moving north. Vegetation debris will picked up first, followed by mixed waste and bulk trash. The city expects all storm debris pickup to be complete by Sept. 29.
Unincorporated Hillsborough County: Pick-up for vegetation only begins Monday. Don't block storm drains, utility boxes or roads. County crews will likely pass through neighborhoods several times over the next few weeks. You can also take your vegetation to the county's yard waste facilities, which will be open Monday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Residents must show a valid Florida driver's license. Here are the facilities:
• Falkenburg Road — 346 N Falkenburg Road, Tampa
•Northwest County — 8001 W Linebaugh Ave., Tampa
• South County — 13000 U.S. 41, Gibsonton
• Hillsborough Heights — 6209 County Road 579, Seffner
• Northwest Equestrian Park — 10711 S Mobley Road, Odessa
So what about furniture, appliances, tires, mattresses, etc.? The county has four sites to drop them off. The service is free with a copy of your tax bill showing your solid waste jurisdiction. The sites are:
• Alderman's Ford Solid Waste Facility — 9402 County Road 39, Plant City
• Hillsborough Heights Solid Waste Facility — 6209 County Road 579, Seffner
•Northwest County Solid Waste Facility — 8001 W Linebaugh Ave., Tampa
•South County Solid Waste Facility — 13000 U.S. 41, Gibsonton
An important note for New Tampa residents: For this purpose, the city of Tampa will handle your storm debris pickup. Visit hcflgov.net/trash for more information.
Tampa: Collection started Thursday and will continue through Oct. 13. Separate material by type. Examples: construction material, vegetation, appliances. The McKay Bay disposal facility at 112 S 34th St. will also accept storm debris. Wait times are expected to be longer than usual.
Questions? Call (813) 274-8811. To report fallen trees on public property, call (813) 274-5744, or on private property, call (813) 274-3100, option 4.
Temple Terrace: The sanitation department will visit each neighborhood as quickly as possible. Claw trucks will pick up tree debris and yard waste. Schedules and routes will depend on availability of staff and trucks.
Plant City: Normal trash, recycling and yard waste collection has resumed. The city's solid waste department requests that residents bag leaves and place debris in piles off the road and away from trees, power lines and other structures. Questions? Email email@example.com or call utilities billing at (813) 659-4200.
Unincorporated Pasco County: Before we even start, email the Pasco County Customer Service Center to request debris pickup. Include the address where the debris is located. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finished? Okay, here's the rest.
Collection starts Monday. Place your debris at the curb or roadside and don't block fire hydrants, mailboxes, electrical boxes or other structures. Split it into the following categories: furniture, construction, vegetations and white goods (which includes items that are more than 75 percent metal). Don't bag your debris. Empty your refrigerator and either secure the doors or take them off.
Residents can also drop off their debris at two locations:
• East Pasco Transfer Station — 9626 Handcart Road, Dade City. Yard debris can be no larger than 3 inches in diameter or 3 feet in length.
• Resource Recovery Facility — 14606 Hays Road, Spring Hill. Take large debris here.
Questions? Call (727) 847-2411.
Unincorporated Hernando County: Place debris within 15 feet of the curb. Collection will include vegetation, construction debris, hazardous waste and large appliances. Split it into categories. Don't block the road.
For areas not covered in this guide, check your city or county's website. Contact Kathryn Varn at (727) 893-8913 or email@example.com. Follow @kathrynvarn.