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Media Contact: Jan Thornburg, Senior Communications Manager, 941-263-6369, [email protected]

 Storm debris pickup RESIZED

Sarasota, FL:  Approximately 65% of the Hurricane Ian storm debris in the City of Sarasota has been collected.  In 21 days, crews with the City’s debris hauler, Ceres Environmental Services, Inc. have picked up over 2,400 loads of vegetative debris totaling more than 70,000 cubic yards. 

Storm-related residential construction and demolition (C & D) debris collection will begin Monday, Oct. 31. Residential fencing is included in C & D materials.

“Residential fencing is considered construction and demolition materials not vegetative” said Public Works Director Doug Jeffcoat.  “Many fences were impacted by the storm. Now is the time to place fencing and other residential C & D debris at your curb for pickup starting Monday.”

One pass is planned for C & D. Vegetative debris collection will continue.

Residents with storm-related household items, including appliances, furniture and electronics, should contact the Solid Waste Division to schedule a bulk waste pickup:  941-263-6170.

Residents are advised to follow these storm debris guidelines:

  • Separate storm debris into distinct piles:
  1. Vegetative
  2. Vegetative: bagged or containerized
  3. Construction and demolition materials (including fencing)
  4. Household items such as appliances, furniture and electronics

  • Place debris at least five feet from mailboxes, water meters, street signs, light poles, fire hydrants or ornamental structures. This will provide adequate room for machinery to pick up the debris.
  • Do not place debris in the street or on top of storm drains.
  • Do not mix household waste, bulk waste or recyclables with storm debris.
  • Do not mingle fresh, green vegetation with storm debris. Recent vegetative material should be properly prepared in a container or bag and placed curbside for yard waste pickup.

The amount of storm debris is estimated to be twice as much as Hurricane Irma in 2017.  In 21 days of collection, crews have collected three times the amount that was picked up after Hurricane Irma over the same number of days.

Additional Resources

Storm Debris Hotline:  Available Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. by calling 941-584-9533

Storm Debris Map:  An interactive map allows residents to find their collection zone and status.



About the City of Sarasota:  Distinguished by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 10 Best Places to Live in the U.S. and the number one place in Florida, the City of Sarasota is a diverse and inclusive community located on Florida’s Suncoast with 56,000 year-round residents, several internationally recognized cultural arts venues, stunning sunsets along Lido Beach and Major League spring training baseball with the Baltimore Orioles. Learn more about us at www.SarasotaFL.Gov

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