Post-Hurricane Irma: FAQs about the debris removal process

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Question: How long will it take to remove the debris along my street?
Answer: Debris removal will occur systematically throughout the entire Village by zones. The first pass to remove separated debris piles is likely to occur in most neighborhoods in the next several weeks. As our neighbors continue recovery, the Village recognizes that additional storm-related vegetative debris from backyards, fencing and other repairs may need to be placed at the curb. Up to two additional passes for debris collection may occur until storm related debris is removed.

Question: How much debris must be picked up following Hurricane Irma?
Answer: One truck holds approximately 10 cubic yards. We have already picked up almost 200 truckloads. We anticipate at least another 2,000 truckloads.

Question: Is Wellington making any progress with clean-up?
Answer: Wellington contractors cleared debris from Village roadways enabling emergency responders and neighbors to regain the ability to move about Wellington. Crews have already cleared an estimated 20,000+ cubic yards of debris.

Question: What is the status of debris collection and what are the plans moving forward?
Answer: While Wellington was very fortunate to receive limited structural damage from this storm, impacts to vegetation, fencing and our tree canopy were significant. Village contractors began debris collection last week and are focused on making multiple passes through our neighborhoods to collect all storm-generated debris. Consistent with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) regulations, up to three passes will be made through neighborhood streets ensuring that all eligible storm debris is removed. Residents are asked to be patient as contractors are deployed systematically throughout the entire Village. Debris collections activities will be increasing in intensity throughout the week and will continue until storm related debris has been removed.

Question: What can I do to help quicken the recovery efforts?
Answer: For efficiency of debris collection, our neighbors need to follow the FEMA regulations on the separation of debris and debris pile placement. Please separate:

  • VEGETATIVE DEBRIS (whole trees, tree stumps, tree branches, tree trunks and other leafy material)
  • CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION DEBRIS (damaged components of homes, buildings and structures such as lumber and wood, fencing, wall board, glass, metal, roofing materials, tile, furnishings, and fixtures)
  • APPLIANCES & WHITE GOODS DAMAGED BY THE STORM (refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, heat pumps, ovens, ranges, washing machines, clothes dryers and water heaters)
  • ELECTRONIC WASTE (computers, televisions, office electronic equipment, etc.)

Question: When will normal yard waste cart collection resume?
Answer: Yard waste carts will be emptied on their regularly scheduled day, but due to high volumes, may be serviced earlier or later than residents may be accustomed. Residents are reminded that yard waste carts cannot be used for regular household trash, recycling or hurricane vegetative debris. Crews will only collect what is in the cart and will not service bags or additional piles placed next to the cart. Bulk pick-up services remain suspended at this time.

Question: What happens if I do not separate debris?
Answer: Debris pick up will occur in zones and separated piles will be picked up first. Failure to separate your debris may cause a delay in removal of your debris piles. Please note that only loose debris will be collected. Bagged debris should not be placed on the public right-of-way and cannot be collected.

Question: Who should I call to pick-up my debris?
Answer: DO NOT call the Village to report your debris piles. The Village’s contractors will make multiple passes through neighborhoods. Response to individual requests for debris pile removal will not be possible until contractors have collected the majority of debris city-wide.

Thank you for your patience as we continue to recover from Hurricane Irma.