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Cleaning up the debris Irma left behind
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Pinellas County residents are cleaning up after Irma. Residents are asked to place materials alongside the curb in segregated piles when possible.
Besides power outages, the next biggest problem left behind from Hurricane Irma for most Pinellas County residents is debris.

For regular trash and recycling pickup information, contact your service provider.

Public works crews have completed initial cleanup of roads and will begin a second phase of debris removal in the next several days. Pinellas County put together some information about ways to make debris cleanup more manageable. Please place debris in segregated piles.

• Do not stack debris against trees, poles, fire hydrants and storm drains.

• Do not place debris on sidewalks or in the street.

• Place food waste in normal trash.

• Place recyclables in recycling bins for regular pickup when available.

Residents in unincorporated areas can call 727-464-8900 or visit www.p­inell­ascou­nty.o­rg/pu­blicw­orks for more information.


City of Clearwater is asking residents to place debris by the curb for pickup away from storm sewers. Solid Waste will pick it up as they can on regular trash, recycling and yard-waste pick-up days. Please do not place debris in roadways.

Those with regular trash pickup on Monday will have service today (Tuesday). Those with service on Tuesday, will have trash and recycling service on Wednesday. Thursday and Friday service will be on the regular schedule.

For trees down in city rights-of-way, please call 727-562-4800 or email michele.stewart@myclearwater.com.

Water is safe to drink. The city is using water from Pinellas County Utilities as its water plants are down. Reclaimed water is not available. Residents are being asked to minimize water use until further notice.


Solid Waste collection staff has been diverted for debris removal and storm recovery. Place debris in separate piles within 10 feet of the curb.

Residential garbage collection and recycling will resume on Thursday, Sept. 14, for regular Thursday and Friday routes.

Commercial collection will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Bulk collection will resume Thursday, Sept. 14.

Businesses can report damage to 727-588-1603. In affected areas, tree removal and residential fence repair permits will be waived. Commercial fence repair may need a permit. Commercial and total fence replacement will need a permit.

Largo’s Citizen Information Center can be reached at 727-587-6789.

Pinellas Park

Residents of Pinellas Park can take vegetative debris only (no building materials, concrete, fencing or metal will be accepted) to four different brush sites citywide. Residents must show a water bill or valid driver's license indicating they are a resident of Pinellas Park. Locations and times are below:

• Broderick Park, 6101 66th Ave N.

• Helen Howarth Park, 6301 94th Ave.

• Pinebrook Park, 7202 118th Ave. N., Largo

• 78th Ave and 60th Street, Northwest corner - next to courts

Sites will be open Tuesday, Sept. 12, from 1 p.m. 8 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday Sept. 13-14, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, Sept. 15, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Saturday, Sept. 16, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information about brush disposal, contact the Public Works Department at 727-369-5850.


The city of Seminole is asking that all debris and waste be placed by the curb. Regular trash schedule is in place. Irma debris will be picked up starting next week.

St. Pete Beach

The city of St. Pete Beach will begin collecting debris, trees, branches, palm fronds and other vegetation, the week of Sept. 18. Residents are asked to stack debris in the right of way next to the street. Do not place near fire hydrants, telephone poles, mail boxes or other structures. Do not mix vegetation debris with household garbage.

Tarpon Springs

Waste management residential garbage pickup will resume on Thursday, Sept. 14. Storm debris collection will begin on Monday, Sept. 18. Residents should stack debris in the right-of-way and it should not be bundled.

The yard waste collection facility is closed until power can be restored. Commercial trash pickup will resume on Wednesday, Sept. 13.

The building permit office will be open Wednesday, Sept. 13. Storm-related permitting for repairs will be offered through Monday, Sept. 18. Trees damaged by the storm may be removed without a permit. Undamaged tree removal will require a permit.

Revised to add information from municipalities.

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