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Looking to clear post-Irma debris? Here's what you need to know about waste pickup.

A satellite photo shows Hurricane Irma as it closed in on Florida. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration via The New York Times)
A satellite photo shows Hurricane Irma as it closed in on Florida. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration via The New York Times)
Published Sep. 12, 2017

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, countless bay area residents have reported debris on their property. Here's what you need to know as you look to clear waste from around your home.

Pinellas County

The county tweeted these instructions to Pinellas County residents Sunday:

For a list of county trash haulers, click here .

If you're looking to take your debris to a county solid waste facility, Pinellas tweeted Sunday that you should hold off.

Public works crews will pick up debris throughout the week.

Hillsborough County

In a Sunday release on its website, the county wrote, "There will be no solid waste collection Sept. 12, (including garbage, recyclables, and yard waste) in the unincorporated Hillsborough County Service Area, which also includes Tampa Palms, Hunter's Green, and New Tampa. Normal garbage and recycling collection service will resume on the next scheduled day for pickup of those items.

Residents with yard waste should place items in piles along the right of way for storm debris removal, taking care to not block access to stormwater drains, utility boxes, or roadways.

All solid waste disposal facilities will be open extended hours, from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., to support storm debris removal and drop off, including the Southeast County Landfill, Northwest and South County transfer stations, community collection centers, and yard waste processing facilities. Residents will need to bring a photo ID and a copy of their property tax bill, which includes the assessment for solid waste disposal, to utilize the solid waste facilities."

For a list of county waste facilities, click here.

Pasco County

Pasco County issued the following press release Sunday afternoon:

"Pasco County Solid Waste will resume normal operations as of September 11, 2017. Any residents with disaster debris related to Hurricane Irma may bring it to one of the following locations and fees will be waived:

East Pasco Transfer Station at 9626 Handcart Road, Dade City

Resource Recovery Facility at 14606 Hays Rd., Spring Hill.

Hours of operation will be 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m."

Hernando County

Republic Services, the Hernando County garbage contractor, will run tomorrow with limited staff and continue until fully staffed, county spokeswoman Virginia Singer said Sunday. It will only pickup household waste.

The City of St. Petersburg

The city of St. Petersburg tweeted that details regarding debris pickup would be announced early afternoon Friday.

The city also opened all of its brush drop off sites Tuesday.

Check here for a list of the sites and to find out whether your debris is acceptable to bring to the sites.

Regular waste services will resume Tuesday, the city announced, with areas that are normally covered Monday getting collection Tuesday, and Tuesday's normal service areas getting Wednesday coverage.


The City of Tampa tweeted that its trash pickup will also resume tomorrow, and will run one day behind schedule for the rest of the week.


The City of Clearwater instructed citizens to put any debris they find near the curb.

"Those who are normally scheduled for Monday's trash and recycling pick up will have their trash and recycling picked up Tuesday, Sept. 12," the city wrote on its website." Those scheduled for a Tuesday pick up should plan to have their trash and recycling out for pick up on Wednesday. Thursday and Friday pick-up services will be on their regular schedule."