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Post Date:10/18/2017 3:00 PM





 The Okeechobee County Solid Waste Department has prepared the following information to inform residents of Okeechobee County and City of Okeechobee of the disposal requirements for hurricane related debris:

All tree limbs must be cut in four (4) to six (6) foot lengths and neatly stacked on the City or County Right-of-Way. All leaves, small branches and stumps may be piled with tree limbs. DO NOT MIX BAGGED LEAVES, VEGETATION, HOUSEHOLD WASTE, CONSTRUCTION DEBRIS, FURNITURE OR APPLIANCES WITH TREE LIMBS.

All construction debris such as, roofing materials, wood, insulation, siding, metal, carpet and other related items displaced by the hurricane must be cut to approximately six (6) to eight (8) foot lengths and neatly stacked on the City or County Right-of-Way.

Large items such as appliances and furniture must be placed on the City or County Right-of-Way and kept separate from Vegetation/Trees and Construction Debris materials. All appliance doors must be removed to prevent a danger of suffocation to children.

Do not place any debris on or near fences, mailboxes, low hanging power lines, power poles, water meters, fire hydrants, phone boxes or under low hanging trees. Hazardous Waste items such as paint, oil, chemicals, batteries, tires, auto parts, boat parts or any related items WILL NOT be collected by the City, County or Collection Contractor.

Waste Management, Inc. will continue to provide normal Household Garbage Collection Service on your scheduled collection day. These items must be kept separate from hurricane debris.

The 2nd Collection Pass for hurricane debris will start on Monday, October 23rd, 2017 in the Northwest, Northeast, Southwest and Southeast Sections of Okeechobee County. The approved debris collection contractor for the County is Crowder Gulf. All residents must have ALL hurricane debris on the city or county right-of-way for collection before Sunday, October 22nd, no exceptions. Debris Collection crews will be divided between the County and the City to provide an equal collection service to all residents of Okeechobee County. Any debris placed roadside after the 2nd collection pass is completed will be the responsibility of the property owner for disposal.

RESIDENTS MUST HAVE ALL HURRICANE DEBRIS ON THE COUNTY OR CITY RIGHT-OF-WAY PRIOR TO SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22ND FOR COLLECTION ON THE SECOND PASS. Disposal of any debris after the completion of the second pass will be the responsibility of the property owner. Any property owners on State Highways, such as Hwy 441, 98, 70 or 78 will need to contact the FDOT at 863-519-2758 to arrange collection of hurricane debris.

The contact person for Okeechobee County is Russell Rowland, Assistant to County Administrator.  If you have any questions concerning hurricane debris collection, please contact the Okeechobee County Solid Waste Department at 863-763-1811.