CLEARWATER – While Clearwater’s residential trash and recycling collection is being collected on time, yard waste and hurricane debris are taking much longer.
Due to Hurricane Irma, the collection of yard waste/hurricane debris collection will take longer than normal. It is estimated that it will take four to six weeks to complete one pass of yard waste clean-up in Clearwater’s service area.
Clearwater Solid Waste/Recycling crews are working 12-hour shifts to clear yard waste as quickly as they can. Crews have started collecting debris in the northern-most area of Clearwater around Curlew Road and are working their way south.
As of Sept. 18, the city has cleared yard waste/hurricane debris in the areas that are east of U.S. 19 and north of Sunset Point Road.
The city has hired AshBritt, a post-disaster debris collection and removal contractor, to assist the city in this endeavor. By the end of the week, the contractor will begin clearing yard waste and hurricane debris from the western portion of the city (Clearwater Beach), and then their crews will push east once the beach has been cleared of storm debris.
Clearing will continue from west and east until all of Clearwater has been cleared one time. It is estimated to take approximately four to six weeks to pick up all the debris and yard waste in Clearwater.
“Our solid waste/recycling crews are working hard and long hours to clear as fast as they can,” said Earl Gloster, director of Clearwater Solid Waste/Recycling. “There's a lot of yard waste and hurricane debris out there, and it's going to take a long time for us to collect it. We’re doing our best, and we would like to thank everyone for their patience.”
Residents are asked to heed these reminders:
• Do not put storm debris in black or blue containers.
• Do not put debris into the roadways. Residents should stack debris along the curb in the strip of grass between the roadway and sidewalk. (This is referred to as the right-of-way.) Place it away from storm sewers and fire hydrants. The city is currently having issues with residents putting debris in the streets.
• Do not bag yard waste and hurricane debris.
• Non-vegetative debris should be separated from yard waste. Damaged fences, siding, and other man-made materials should be placed away from vegetative debris, which includes broken branches, limbs, tree trunks, leaves, etc.
Tetra Tech is the city’s debris monitoring company, which is hiring temporary employees to assist with and monitor the city’s debris collection services. Any residents who are interested in temporary employment with them should call 866-960-2325.