The Solid Waste Authority (SWA) has prepared the following list to help you get ready for hurricane season.

PRE-HURRICANE SEASON MAINTENANCE (DECEMBER THROUGH APRIL)

  • All major cutting of vegetation (i.e., tree removal) should be completed long before June 1, the beginning of hurricane season. Do all major cutting/tree removal from December through April.
  •  Cut back all trees and weak branches that could contact buildings.
  •  Have your foliage thinned so wind can flow freely through branches, decreasing the chance that trees/plants will be uprooted.
  •  Place tree trimmings at the curb on your regular scheduled collection day and follow the 6/50 rule (i.e. six feet in length and each piece cannot exceed 50 lbs. in weight).
  • Containerize small pieces of vegetation such as pine needles, leaves, twigs, etc., in bags or cans that weigh less than 50 lbs. when full and place at the curb on your scheduled day
  • Clean your yard of any items that could become missiles in a storm such as old lumber, broken lawn furniture, etc., and place curbside on your bulk waste collection day.

ONCE A STORM HAS BEEN NAMED

  • Do not cut down trees or do major yard work.
  •  Do not begin construction projects that produce debris.
  • Once a watch or warning has been issued, do not trim vegetation of any kind. (a hurricane warning means hurricane-force conditions (sustained winds of at least 74 mph) are expected in your area in 24 hours or less.
  • Mass cutting places a tremendous burden on the normal collection process and there is not enough equipment or manpower to collect the additional material before the storm makes landfall. You could put not only yourself at risk but your neighbors as well.
  • Do not take materials to the curb, transfer stations or landfill during a watch or warning period. Services may be suspended and facilities closed early to prepare for the storm.

AFTER THE STORM HAS PASSED

  • Please be patient.
  • Keep household garbage, recycling and vegetative and /or construction storm debris in separate piles.
  • SWA’s number one priority is the collection of household garbage.
  • Securely containerize all household garbage in plastic bags or cans to be placed curbside on your scheduled day.
  • Don’t place any debris near or on a fence, mailbox, powerline equipment, poles, transformers, downed electrical wiring, water meters or storm drains.
  • Be prepared to repair possible damage to swale areas from the specialized equipment used to collect storm debris.
  • Contact SWA Customer Information Services at 561-697-2700 or 1-866-792-4636 (toll-free) or visit www.swa.org for updates on your collection services.