The City of Gainesville Solid Waste Division and Waste Corporation of America (WCA), the City’s contracted waste pick-up supplier, are diligently working to pick up yard and tree debris from residential neighborhoods.
Crews are working through a zone map starting in areas that were most impacted by Hurricane Irma. Regular yard waste pickup began immediately after the storm. However, property owners should expect delays due to the amount of storm waste. Larger brush piles will be collected by heavier equipment. Heavy duty claw trucks are currently working to remove large debris piles in neighborhoods. As of the beginning of this week, the City has removed over 150 truckloads of debris, which is estimated to be about 950 tons.
The zone storm debris pick-up map, with work orders and service requests shown, may be viewed at: http://arcg.is/0nC0iP
. Using U.S. 441 (NW 13th
Street) as a dividing line, claw trucks are finishing in zone 25 and will work their way north into zones 26, 27, 28 and 29 through the middle of next week. On the west side of 441, claw trucks are finishing zone 22 and will be moving into zones 2, 3 and 4 by the middle of next week. Then these crews will work southward. Debris removal efforts are expected to continue into November.
Throughout the city, WCA work crews are concentrating on removing yard waste in paper bags/cans and small brush piles. Yard waste may take several weeks to be completely removed. Please note that some streets within the city limits will have debris picked up by the County or State, depending on who the maintaining agency is for that roadway. For instance, someone living on NW 16th
Avenue, which is a County Road, debris pick-up will be managed by County staff.
Property owners should place debris along the side of the roadway away from mailboxes, electrical transformers, cable/phone junction boxes, water meters and other items that may be damaged during pickup. Yard waste (i.e. tree limbs, branches) must not exceed five feet in length and bags of yard waste must not exceed 40 pounds in weight. All yard waste must be free of any litter or construction debris such as drywall, nails, metal, etc.
Other household or construction debris such as water damaged furnishings or fencing will be collected separately from the yard waste debris.
Commercially collected non-residential properties (such as businesses, non-profits and apartments) are not eligible under FEMA for free debris pick up. They may contact FEMA directly (1-800-621-3362) for assistance with their storm-related expenses.