We've watched on social media as the discussion picks up about what to do with Storm Debris in Tampa, do you need to dispose of it yourself, will the City pick it up, and if so when?

The good news is City Hall recently hired Ceres Environmental, a group from Sarasota involved with clean-up following Katrina to haul away storm debris in Tampa from Hurricane Irma starting this week.

Storm debris collection will take place seven days a week through Oct. 27 between 7 a.m.and 7 p.m. in Hillsborough County.

Things to know to ensure your storm debris is picked up and not left behind are:  

  • Debris must be separated and not on the street
  1. Unbagged plants, branches, and vegetation
  2. Construction and demo debris (Roof tiles, lumber, drywall, furniture etc.)
  3. Appliances and white goods, such as refrigerators, washers, dryers, and electronics.
  • Place your debris curbside, off the sidewalk away from fire hydrants, light poles, electrical lines, water meters, storm drains, drainage ditches, and mail boxes. Think - can the trucks hydraulic arm get to my pile?
  • You do not have to bundle or bag anything
  • Anything 10 feet back from the curb can not be picked up
  • If you have a fallen tree, you are responsible for getting the cut up tree to the curb for disposal

If you'd rather not wait, you can dispose of storm debris in Tampa at the McKay Bay Disposal Facility, however, the City encourages you to wait for the storm debris collection service to avoid long wait times. For questions, contact the city at (813) 274-8811 or tampagov.net/solidwaste. Register on 813area.com to stay connected to everything local, restaurants in Tampa, events in Tampa a much more.(Photo Facebook/Sandy Murman)