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Posted on: September 18, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Tips to help Palm Springs clean up quickly following Hurricane Irma

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As our community recovers from Hurricane Irma, the Village of Palm Springs  and the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County offer these tips to home owners when putting their debris piles at the curb:

Residents are encouraged to pile yard waste, such as branches, limbs and tree trunks (less than 6 feet in length) at the curb as soon as they can.

However, yard waste debris in plastic bags should not be placed on these large piles. Any yard waste placed in bags and cans at the curb will be picked up by Republic Services along with small vegetation piles that are 4 cubic yards or less.

Emergency debris collection teams are only removing the large piles of yard waste on the first pass. Construction debris, such as fencing, will be removed during the next pass. Mixed yard waste with construction debris or other trash will be collected last.

Waste and debris should continue to be separated into three different piles at the curb:

  1. Put garbage and recyclables out by 6 a.m. on your regularly scheduled day. These will be picked up first to remove any spoiled food.
  2. Put all vegetation only in a second pile.
  3. And, put all other construction storm debris in a third pile.

Be sure to keep these three piles separate and away from:

  • Fences
  • Fire hydrants
  • Mailboxes
  • Power line equipment, such as poles, transformers, downed electrical wiring
  • Storm drains
  • Water meters

Palm Springs residents are asked for patience during this emergency collection effort. There is a tremendous amount of yard waste at the curb, and everyone will have their debris collected in a safe manner. The Village of Palm Springs anticipates the cleanup to take approximately 6 to 8 weeks.

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