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Hurricane Irma Debris Information

Posted: December 26, 2017
Hurricane Irma Debris Collection is now complete! Regular service from Waste Management will resume in all areas of the city as of Tuesday, 12/26/2017.

The contractors collected a total of 133,540 cubic yards of debris as of Thursday, December 21, 2017. Final counts are still being calculated, however Hurricane Matthew left the city with only around 87,000 cubic yards of debris. The 95 day collection period from Irma versus the 88 day collection period from Matthew means the contractors really stepped up their game to collect an additional 400 cubic yards per day to complete the city in this time frame. Thank you to the contractors for their effort in our city, and to the residents for their patience during the cleanup. "

Posted: December 19, 2017
Waste Management has resumed full service collection for all areas north of Jupiter Boulevard. Residents in this area should contact Waste Management for bulk pickups going forward.

The Debris Contractor is still completing final pass (including fencing/construction debris removal) in other areas of the city.

Posted: December 6, 2017
Waste Management has resumed full service collection for the area north of Malabar Road, east of Minton Road. Residents in this area should contact Waste Management for bulk pickups going forward. The Debris Contractor is still completing final pass in other areas of the city.

Posted: November 27, 2017
Waste Management has resumed full service collection for the area north of Malabar Rd, east of Babcock Road. Residents in this area should contact Waste Management for bulk pickups going forward.

Posted: November 10, 2017
The Debris Contractor is still completing final pass in other areas of the city.The City of Palm Bay's disaster debris removal contractor is transitioning to the final stages of debris removal on City maintained roads in response to Hurricane Irma. On November 12th, 2017, any debris placed in the public right-of-way after this date is not guaranteed for collection from the debris removal contractor. 


Clean-up after Storm:

To ensure pickup, please separate debris and place in piles at the curb in the public right-of-way. The public right-of-way is the area of residential property that extends from the street to the sidewalk, ditch, utility pole or easement.

Please sort debris into the following categories:

  • VEGETATIVE DEBRIS (whole trees, tree stumps, tree branches, tree trunks and other leafy material)

  • CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION DEBRIS (damaged components of buildings and structures such as lumber and wood, wall board, glass, metal, roofing materials, tile, furnishings, and fixtures)

  • HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE (materials that are ignitable, reactive, toxic or corrosive such as paints, cleaners, pesticides, etc.)

  • LARGE APPLIANCES (refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, heat pumps, ovens, ranges, washing machines, clothes dryers and water heaters)

  • ELECTRONIC WASTE (computers, televisions, office electronic equipment, etc.)

Do not place debris near a water meter vault, fire hydrant or any other above-ground utility. Only sorted debris piles placed on the public right-of-way will be eligible for collection until further notice. 

Waste Management will NOT pick up any material that is piled in your right-of-way, they will only collect containerized material. Anything you intend to have picked up by Waste Management must be in your regular trash can or personal can(s).


Gated Communities / Private Roads - Debris Removal Information:

The City of Palm Bay, in guidance of FEMA regulations for the removal of debris following a declared natural emergency, will be adhering to the following guidelines:

  • Storm debris located inside gated communities will NOT be collected by the City’s contracted debris collection contractor CERES Environmental Services- per FEMA regulations.
  • Storm debris from inside gated communities placed on the City right of way outside the gated community WILL be collected by the City’s contracted debris collection contractor CERES Environmental as allowed - per FEMA regulations. All storm debris must be separated into the appropriate piles (see graphic above).
  • Yard waste vegetation placed in personally owned trash receptacles will be collected by Waste Management as part of the regularly scheduled service.
  • Large appliances (refrigerator, ovens, etc...) will be collected by Waste Management through the utilization of the Waste Management call center coordinating a scheduled date for pick-up. Contact Waste Management at palmbayservice@wm.com or 321.723.4455.

If you have any questions please call our Public Works Customer Service (321) 952-3437, or send us an email at pwcustomerservice@pbfl.org.


Tips from Waste Management on pre-storm and post-storm preparation. Hurricane Preparation