MONROE COUNTY, FL – To assist the residents of unincorporated Monroe County due to the impact of Hurricane Ian, please read the following directions for Hurricane Ian debris removal. This will allow contracted franchisees and county staff to effectively and efficiently remove debris as quickly as possible. As a reminder to residents, this is for storm-related vegetative debris, not for land clearing or regular yard maintenance. Monroe County Solid Waste asks for your cooperation to ensure timely removal.

County staff has evaluated the amount of debris from Hurricane Ian, and we will be starting the debris removal using County assets rather than the County’s debris contractor. The amount of debris is limited, and the use of County assets is more appropriate. Should the amount of debris grow significantly, we will activate the debris contractor.

The debris plan:

Vegetative Debris – Monroe County currently requests residents utilize yard waste cans to collect small limbs, palm fronds, etc. for collection by their hauler under the normal collection when possible. Larger trees and limbs that cannot be handled through normal pickup should be placed on the county right-of-way in a pile for collection by the franchise hauler or county staff. Vegetative debris should only contain vegetation and no other materials and should only be the result of the storm; no normal lawn maintenance is allowed. Take care not to place piles in the roadway, do not block fire hydrants, water meters, or driveways, and do not place under overhead power lines.

County crews will begin vegetative debris collection this weekend and work Saturday and Sunday collecting debris that is too large to be picked up during normal yard waste/vegetation collection. The collection will continue through the week until one pass of all county roads has been completed. At that time, staff will evaluate the need for additional passes.

Bulky Items – Residents with “bulky” items (appliances, couches, dressers, etc.) that were damaged due to storm flooding should contact their garbage hauler and arrange a pickup; the haulers will collect the bulky waste at no additional charge to the homeowner. If necessary, based on call volume, county crews will supplement the franchise haulers and assist with a bulky waste pickup.

Contact information for franchise haulers:

  • Lower Keys – Waste Management of Florida (Stock Island to 7-Mile Bridge) 305-296-8297
  • Middle Keys – Marathon Garbage Service (7-Mile Bridge to MM73) 305-743-5165
  • Upper Keys – Keys Sanitary Service (MM 91 – MM 102) 305-451-2025
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