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City of Inverness Hurricane Irma Vegetative Debris Clean-Up

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on September 15, 2017

A preliminary assessment by City Staff finds a large amount of vegetative debris has been generated from Hurricane Irma.

The amount of material will not be collected normally as it is possible that this amount of vegetative debris will increase as homeowners return and assessments continue.

The City is working with FEMA and County Government to pool resources and coordinate debris removal.

As it stands, collection of storm related debris will commence October 2, 2017, and continue daily until complete. We expect it will take two months to collect the City.  We are also working with FEMA to determine if funding will be available for collection of storm related vegetative debris on Private Roads. We will provide updated information when it becomes available. Please be aware that this is subject to change due to Hurricane Irma’s impact.

The following are some guidelines for preparing vegetative storm debris for pick-up:

  • Vegetative debris should be placed curbside, not in the roadways or sidewalks.
  • Do not place vegetative debris under trees that will impede equipment used to remove debris.
  • Do not place debris on storm drains, next to fire hydrants, mail boxes or on top of water meters or any utility feature that may be in the right of way.
  • Vegetative debris should be placed in separate piles. Vegetative debris will not be picked up if it is commingled with garbage, wood/construction debris, metals, white goods such as refrigerators/hot water heaters/ dishwasher.
  • Do not use plastic bags for vegetative debris as it makes it impossible to recycle or mulch. Do not put garbage in the vegetative debris piles.

View a list of frequently asked questions on storm-related vegetative debris removal.

Please be aware that dumping any type of debris from private subdivisions and/or commercial operations onto public roadways, in private dumpsters, or not disposing of debris in a legal manner is subject to code enforcement action, and all actions available by law.


Danny Johnson says

I feel it would only be fair in lue of the situation that all of Inverses has been effected by Hurricane Irma, both city streets and private accessible roads should be included in the vegetation debris pickup.


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