Since Category 4 Hurricane Irma struck on Sept. 10, 2017, more than 2.3 million cubic yards of hurricane debris — both vegetative and construction/demolition — and more than 19,000 destroyed white goods (large appliances) have been removed along roads throughout the Florida Keys.
The deadline to put hurricane debris along county and private roads from MM 16 to 28 for guaranteed collection was Jan. 14, 2018. The final pass has begun in this area. It is moving quickly, but will take a few weeks to complete.
There is not a deadline yet to put hurricane debris along County and private roads from MM 28 to MM 40, but now is the time to get your eligible debris onto the rights of way. This is important to expedite the cleanup and ensure all eligible hurricane debris is picked up. Collection is continuing in this area.
The county’s contractor just completed final passes of county roads on Conch Key and Duck Key (with the exception of four large stumps that will be picked up with different equipment). That contractor now is completing the final pass in the City of Layton, which contracted with the county to manage its debris collection.
The Florida Department of Transportation is currently underway of its fourth and final pass along U.S. 1 (the Overseas Highway.
Now, it is illegal to put hurricane debris is illegal everywhere in the Keys, except on county and private roads from MM 28 to 40.
For residents in the areas of the Keys where hurricane debris collection has concluded, hurricane debris can be taken to one of the County or municipal transfer stations for disposal, or put what fits into your regular solid waste or yard waste bins for collection by your regular haulers.
Breakdown of debris collection to date:
• Unincorporated Monroe County (along county and private roads) and along City of Layton municipal roads: 1,406,729 cubic yards of hurricane debris and more than 8,456 white goods. The county’s contractors collected 937,825 cubic yards and 6,806 white goods of this total and Florida Department of Transportation’s contractors collected 468,904 cubic yards and 2044 white goods. Note: In the hardest hit area between MM 16 and 40, county and FDOT contractors have combined to collect more than 900,000 cubic yards of hurricane debris and more than 3,500 white goods.
• Along U.S. 1: 277,919 cubic yards of hurricane debris and about 1,000 white goods. This was collected by Florida Department of Transportation’s contractors. FDOT is currently doing its final pass of U.S. 1. So far it has collected nearly 40,000 cubic yards during this final pass.
• City of Marathon municipal and private roads: 286,106 cubic yards of hurricane debris and 7,409 white goods. This was collected by the City of Marathon’s contractor.
Village of Islamorada municipal roads, as well as final collection along U.S. 1 in city limits: 214,146 cubic yards of debris and 1680 white goods. This was collected by the Village of Islamorada’s contractor.
• City of Key West roads: 146,688 cubic yards of hurricane debris and 309 white goods.
TOTALS FOR THE KEYS TO DATE: 2,331,588 cubic yards of hurricane debris and 19,250 white goods.
HAULOUT: All of this collected hurricane debris was taken to debris management sites in the Keys, where it is ground or mulched to make smaller for haul out to the mainland for proper disposal. Some of the vegetative debris was burned in the Keys. All white goods have their Freon removed and are hauled to the mainland for recycling and proper disposal.