Solid Waste Authority says what not to do
Posted by cat5shuttersllc on June 20, 2014
* Do not cut down trees or do any major yard work.
* Do not begin construction projects that produce debris.
*Once a watch or warning has been issued, do not trim vegetation of any kind.
* Mass cutting places a tremendous burden on the normal collection process and there is not enough equipment or manpower to collect the additional material before the storm makes landfall. You could put not only yourself at risk but your neighbors, as well.
* Do not take materials to the curb, transfer stations or landfill during a watch or a warning period. Services may be suspended and facilities closed early to prepare for the storm.
After the storm has passed:
*Keep household garbage, recycling and vegetative and/or construction storm debris in separate piles.
* SWA’s number one priority is the collection od household garbage.
* Securely containerize all household garbage in plastic bags or cans to be placed curbside on your schedule day.
* Don’t place any debris near or on a fence, mailbox, powerline equipment, poles, transformers, downed electrical wiring, water meters or storm drains.
* Be prepared to repair damage to swale areas from the specialized equipment used to collect storm debris.
Once a major storm has passed, the SWA’s response plan includes the following tasks:
*Asses all areas of unincorporated Palm Beach County to determine amount of damage, debris and hardest hit areas. Takes about 2-3 days to complete.
* Set up temporary debris sites. Takes about 3-4 days to complete.
* Deployment of specialized storm debris collection equipment and crews. Takes about 4-5 days to complete.
* Completely cleans up all the storm debris can take up to 180 days depending on how severe the storm was.
Be patient. Be safe. Be careful.