Miami-Dade County Solid Waste department’s bulky waste collection crews and hundreds of trucks and crews from six contracted debris haulers continue to work seven days a week to ensure that every debris pile will be collected.
Miami-Dade County Solid Waste department’s bulky waste collection crews and hundreds of trucks and crews from six contracted debris haulers continue to work seven days a week to ensure that every debris pile will be collected. Not only are we collecting debris piles from the curbsides of 340,000 customers in our 320-square mile service area, we are also responsible for removing debris from the public rights-of-way and on County-maintained roads in unincorporated Miami-Dade and several municipalities. Between September 11th and October 2nd, they have collected approximately 500,000 cubic yards of debris and they will continue to make progress.
Collecting the debris left behind by Hurricane Irma is an enormous task. They estimate that it will take at least sixty days and possibly longer to remove all of this debris. Please be reminded that the progress of debris removal efforts can be impacted by the amount of debris in an area (some neighborhoods lost significant tree canopy), bad weather and traffic on our roadways. Crews have been assigned grids all over the County in every Commission District to complete the first pass for debris collection. As grids are completed, new grids are assigned ton contractors on a daily basis.
They have updated our website with debris management information and deployed a Hurricane Irma Debris Collection viewer so that residents can see the progress being made:
http://gisweb.miamidade.gov/Irmadebris/. The interactive map allows residents to enter their address to see whether debris removal in their area is in progress, completed or pending. The map uses live data, so residents can check back regularly for updates.
Immediately following the storm, the department began reaching out to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to determine how debris removal would be addressed on private roads. FEMA requires compliance with specific guidelines for federal reimbursement of the County’s debris collection activities on private roads. Communities with private roads must execute the attached Right of Entry agreement that will allow Miami-Dade County or its contractors to enter communities with private roads and begin debris removal.
For more information, please visit www.miamidade.gov/solidwaste.
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