Hurricane Preparedness

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Atlantic Hurricane Season June 1 - November 30

Radar Map of Hurricane

Hurricanes are dangerous and can cause major damage because of storm surge, wind damage, and flooding. The associated debris and cleanup efforts can be more efficient with proper preparation and planning. Are you prepared? Do you know what to do after the storm?

Prepare your property for storm season

  • Cut back any trees or branches that contact your house, pool cage, shed or other buildings
  • Thin foliage so wind can blow freely through branches, decreasing chances the plant will become uprooted during a storm
  • Place trimmings at the curb on your regular collection day. Yard waste must be containerized in an extra yard waste container, paper lawn/leaf bag, or bundled (Cans and bundles cannot weigh more than 50 pounds each. Limbs cannot be more than four feet in length and four inches in diameter. A total of ten 45-gallon containers or ten bundles of yard waste may be placed curbside).Yard waste in plastic bags will not be collected
  • This is the time to go through your home, yard, and garage looking for any household hazardous waste such as old paint, gasoline, oil, pool chemicals, batteries, fluorescent bulbs, outdated electronics and bring them to one of Collier County's convenient Recycling Drop Off Centers

After a storm is named or a hurricane watch/warning has been issued:

  • Do not cut down trees and do not do any major yard work. Mass cutting produces a burden on the normal collection process
  • Do not begin construction projects that produce debris unless absolutely necessary to protect life and property
  • Secure all debris and do not place materials of any kind at the curb during a Watch or Warning period
  • Bring in your recycling and trash carts

After the storm has passed:

  • Most important – keep storm debris separate from your regular household garbage and recycling
  • Storm debris should be sorted into separate piles for garbage, yard waste, appliances, furniture & other bulky waste, appliances and construction debris as shown in the diagram below
  • Household hazardous waste can also be taken to one of Collier County’s Recycling Drop Off Centers  
  • Pick up will generally be done with a mechanized claw truck so it’s important that you not set debris over buried electric/phone lines, water meters, hydrants or mailboxes. Inspectors will tour each part of the county to determine where collection needs are greatest
  • Be patient. Following a storm, the No. 1 priority is the health and safety of our community and restoration of the county. When collection services resume, place garbage curbside away from storm-related debris on your regular collection service day
  • Debris collection guidance and recovery process updates will be available through local media and on the Collier County government website 

Hurricane Sorted Debris Info

 Sorted Debris Example From Hurricane Irma 2017

Sorted Irma Debris