Hurricane Irma Updates

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This page contains all news updates issued by the City of Melbourne regarding Hurricane Irma. This page will be updated as conditions change.

You can also follow the City of Melbourne on Facebook or Twitter.

Countywide updates regarding shelters, evacuation routes, causeway re-openings after the storm, and other important information, will be distributed by Brevard County Emergency Management on their Twitter and Facebook pages.

Text “FOLLOW BREVARDEOC” to 40404 to receive updates from Brevard County by text message.

You can also call 211 with specific questions or concerns.

Important Guidelines for Debris Removal; Collection Starts Sept. 18

Post Date:09/15/2017 3:45 PM

The City of Melbourne will begin hurricane debris collection on Monday, September 18, and expects the debris removal process to take a few months. Contractors will be working seven days a week, 12 hours a day to collect ONLY disaster-generated debris.

City staff have established an efficient and effective system in coordination with our debris contractor, so you will know what to expect and how to have your disaster-generated debris removed successfully.

Your cooperation and patience is much appreciated during this trying time as the Melbourne community recovers together.

Please follow these important guidelines to help us make this process as efficient as possible:

All storm debris needs to be separated from regular household trash and recycling. Storm debris piles CANNOT be mixed, they must be separated, as per the guidelines in the graphic below.  

Waste Management WILL NOT be collecting piles of yard waste but WILL collect any yard waste that is placed in cans or carts.

DO NOT stack debris in the roadway. This interferes with street-sweeping operations, creates traffic issues and impairs drainage.

Debris Placement Guidelines for Efficient Collection

1.    Do not place debris on top of utilities, for example: cable, phone, electrical, meter boxes, storm drains or fire hydrants.
2.    Please do not place debris in front of or around your mailbox.
3.    Avoid placing debris in front of or around your driveway, as emergency vehicles may need to enter the area.
4.    Do not stack debris in the roadway.
5.    Please do not block or dump any debris into the storm drains or ditches. This will cause a flood hazard.
6.    Please aid contractors by sweeping excess and loose debris from the street in front of your house.
7.    Please create separate hazardous debris piles, such as paint cans, propane tanks, etc., from construction and demolition debris piles. This will aid the expedited collection of debris from the roadway.
8.    Report drainage problems to the City of Melbourne Streets & Stormwater Division at 321-608-530

Debris Separation Guidelines

In an effort to reduce the amount of debris that has to be disposed of, as well as the associated debris disposal costs, the City of Melbourne will be recycling as many materials as possible. Residents are asked to separate disaster debris as follows, and place it in piles at the curb.

See the diagram below for a description of how to separate and where to place debris. (Download larger version of the "Separating Debris" graphic.)

Graphic showing how to separate hurricane debris

Separate Debris Into These Categories:

· Leaves (do not put in bags)
· Logs
· Plants
· Trees, tree branches, tree limbs
· Brush

· Non-recyclable building construction materials –drywall, asphalt shingles, plastic sinks / tubs, floor tiles, etc.
· Non-recyclable building contents and personal property – carpeting / rugs, furnishings, mattresses, etc.
· Carpet
· Drywall
· Furniture
· Lumber, plywood
· Mattresses
· Framing materials
· Wood flooring
· Decks and decking material
· Fencing/pressure treated wood
· Wood furniture such as tables and chairs
· Personal belongings that are wood, such as picture frames
· Plumbing

· Air conditioners
· Dishwashers
· Freezers
· Refrigerators
· Stoves
· Washers, dryers
· Water heaters

· Computers
· Radios
· Stereos
· Televisions
· Other devices with a cord

Please be sure these materials are in a secured container and are not leaking in any way:

· Cleaning supplies
· Batteries
· Lawn chemicals
· Oils
· Oil-based paints and stains
· Pesticides

Placing debris near or on trees, poles, or other structures makes removal difficult. This includes fire hydrants and meters.

If you don’t have a sidewalk, ditch, or utility line in front of your house, place debris at the edge of your property before the curb.

Your cooperation will make this debris removal operation proceed smoothly and ensure that the community recovers as quickly as possible.

Debris generated from a tropical storm or hurricane is typically in the hundreds of tons and will take weeks to collect.


Normal Household Trash

Normal household trash and bagged debris of any kind will not be picked up with disaster debris. You should continue to follow your normal garbage removal schedule.


Brevard County Disposal Locations

Residents may also bring their yard waste and construction/demolition materials to one of the Brevard County Disposal locations (7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Monday - Sunday):

  • Central Disposal Facility, 2250 Adamson Rd, Cocoa, FL (This facility can take fencing and other pressure-treated wood.)
  • Sarno Road Landfill, 3379 Sarno Road, Melbourne, FL (Pressure treated lumber will not be accepted at this facility.)

For More Information

Contact Jennifer Wilster, ECO Division
Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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