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Vegetative debris pickup starts Saturday, September 16, 2017

2017debrisveggieVegetative waste pickup will be the first debris cycle, starting on Saturday, September 16. There will be a total of two pickup passes.

The second debris pickup cycle will include Construction & Demolition Debris,  Appliances & White Goods, Electronics, and Household Hazardous Waste.  There will also be a total of two passes for these types of debris.

The City's Public Works Department estimates 4 weeks to complete all strom debris pickup with a target completion deadline of Friday, October 13, 2017.

View the Debris Separation Flyer here.

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Frequently Asked Questions about storm debris collections:

  1. Shouldn’t leaves and small debris be bagged or placed in a container?
    NO. It is important not to bag debris because vegetative debris cannot be mixed with anything else. Debris is collected using a “claw” that grabs whole piles of leaves, limbs, and brush; containers cannot be emptied by the claw.
  2. What are the five separate debris piles?
    A mixed pile of debris will not be picked up. Residents can speed up collection by separating debris as follows:
    • Vegetative Debris:  Leaves, logs, plants, and tree branches.  Do not place any vegetative debis in bags - they will not be picked up.
    • Construction & Demolition Debris:  Building materials, carpet, drywall, furniture, lumber, mattresses, and plumbing. If the work is being performed by the resident, debris may be left curbside, separated from other material. If a contractor is performing the work, it is their responsibility to remove debris. 
    • Appliances & White Goods: tables, chairs, couches, bookcases. Keep separate from other debris, and may be spray painted to make undesirable to scavengers.
    • Electronics: Computers, radios, stereos, televisions, and other devices with a cord. Keep separate from other debris. May be collected last, after larger debris piles are removed.
    • Household hazardous waste: cleaning supplies, batteries, lawn chemicals, oils, paints and stains, and pesticides. Must be kept separate from other debris piles.
  3. Will the city return to its regular schedule for household garbage and recycling collections?
    YES. On Monday Sep. 18th, regular service schedules will resume with Monday-Tuesday household garbage collections and Thursday-Friday recycling collections. Residents should use trash carts as intended: brown for household garbage and green for recyclables; do not mix with storm debris.
  4. What determines the collection schedules, and are different crews collecting different types of debris?
    YES. There are teams dedicated to vegetative debris, and others to construction/demolition debris and still others working on household furnishings. It is likely that residents will see one team pass through and collect only one type of debris, then on another day, a different team will pass though collecting something else. Several factors determine collection schedules, including where the most debris is located, type of debris, if it is properly separated, will removal help clear roadways, and also simply getting into an area and servicing every street.
  5. Who collects debris from businesses and commercial properties?
    Commercial properties are responsible for removal of their own storm-related debris, including construction/demolition materials and discarded furnishings. At this time, the city does not have dumpsters or roll-offs available for rent, and businesses must not use their regular trash containers for storm debris. NOTE: Any debris remaining at a commercial property may be removed by the city as a health hazard and the property owner will be charged for the cost.
  6. Is there a way I can know when debris is being collected on my street?
    NO, not specifically since debris collection teams are working simultaneously in several areas so every neighborhood receives services. Also, during the day, as a team completes one area, they are reassigned immediately so collection is non-stop. In the coming days and weeks, progress will be posted at
  7. After debris has been collected, may I put more items curbside for pickup?
    YES, for an estimated period of 4 weeks (September 16 to October 13). There will be continuous passes through the city for the duration of the recovery period. The final, official deadline for storm debris collection will be announced in advance; however, the target completion date is Friday, October 13.