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

Sarasota, Florida: Approximately 65% ​​of Hurricane Ian storm debris in the city of Sarasota has been collected. In 21 days, crews from the city’s debris hauler, Ceres Environmental Services, Inc., picked up more than 2,400 loads of plant debris totaling more than 70,000 cubic yards.

Collection of construction and residential demolition (C&D) debris related to the storm will begin on Monday, October 31. Residential fences are included in C & D materials.

“Residential fencing is considered non-vegetable construction and demolition material,” said Doug Jeffcoat, Director of Public Works. “Many fences were affected by the storm. Now is the time to place fences and other residential C&D debris on your sidewalk for pickup starting Monday.

A passage is planned for C & D. The collection of plant debris will continue.

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

Residents are urged to follow these storm debris guidelines:

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

  • Place debris at least five feet from mailboxes, water meters, street signs, streetlights, fire hydrants or ornamental structures. This will provide enough space for machines to pick up debris.
  • Do not place debris on the street or over storm drains.
  • Do not mix household garbage, large scraps or recyclables with storm debris.
  • Do not mix fresh, green vegetation with storm debris. Recent vegetative material should be properly prepared in a container or bag and placed at the curb for yard waste collection.

The amount of storm debris is estimated to be twice as much as Hurricane Irma in 2017. In 21 days of collection, teams 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 know their collection area and their status.


About the City of Sarasota: Recognized by US News and World Report as one of the top 10 places to live in the United States and #1 in Florida, the city of Sarasota is a diverse and inclusive community located on Florida’s sunny coast with 56,000 residents year-round, many of the world-class cultural arts venues, breathtaking 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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