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Posted on: October 3, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Bulk Debris Removal Guidelines from Hurricane Ian

The City of Palmetto anticipates starting bulk debris removal later this week or the week of October 10th.  In preparation for the debris removal, please use the following guidelines.  Debris such as loose tree branches and limbs should be placed in piles curbside.  Do not block the roadway and keep the piles away from other structures, such as streetlights or fire hydrants.  Bagged yard debris such as leaves should be place curbside in a separate location.  Do not mix bagged yard waste with loose debris.  If you have storm related Construction and Demolition (C&D) debris (e.g., metal, concrete, wood) please place that in a separate pile away from other debris piles.  

On September 27, 2022, Waste Management (“WM”) sent the City of Palmetto (“City”) notification that we anticipated service disruptions would arise due to the impending Hurricane (a force majeure event). The aftermath of Hurricane Ian has left Manatee County and the City of Palmetto with substantial amounts of damage and storm debris.  Hurricane Ian disrupted the City’s daily operations, including the waste collection processes. In an effort to address the post-storm circumstances, including the unprecedented amount of waste, WM brought in extra trucks and manpower. Even with the additional resources, maintaining service schedules has been challenging due to post-storm conditions.  For this reason, WM and the City have agreed to allow WM to concentrate its personnel and equipment on the collection of MSW putrescible solid waste (garbage), and the collection of residential recyclable materials will be suspended.  We anticipate this suspension of recycling collection will be in effect for 4-6 weeks.  WM will continue to provide the City with prompt notice of our operational capabilities and changes as they occur.

The bulk debris removal could take several weeks to complete throughout the City.  Please be patient, as we are working hard to remove the debris as quickly as possible.  Check back on our website for future updates.  

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