Debris Collection Information

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Debris contractors will begin storm debris collection on September 19th for residents in unincorporated Manatee County.

Over the next several weeks debris contractors will be working from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. with several crews throughout the collection area (debris collection only). Please know that these are very large trucks and may slow traffic down on streets during the collection process. Take care and watch carefully for workers in these areas.

Residents should read and follow the guidelines below to ensure collection.

Residents should have visual inspections of damages and debris completed before disposal. No one needs to call the County to request a curbside pickup, but to ensure collection storm-related debris must be sorted as follows:

  • Yard waste (trees, limbs, brush, etc.) does not need to be bundled and should be placed at the curb. Leaves should be in a container or bagged for collection.
  • White goods (appliances, such as refrigerators and freezers) should be emptied before being placed at the curb. Spoiled contents should be placed in the garbage for pickup. 
  • Construction and debris (C&D) materials such as metal awnings, roofing, drywall, carpet and lumber, should be in a separate pile. 

Household garbage (trash, cups, food scraps, etc.) should be disposed of as usual. Garbage will be collected by haulers on a normal schedule beginning Monday, Sept. 18. 

Yard waste collections will be suspended until the vegetative storm debris has been collected.


Sandbag Disposal


County officials recommend residents keep sandbags in the garage or other storage area for the next time they're needed. Hurricane season doesn’t end until Nov. 30, and they could be useful again before then. If you choose to dispose of sandbags, they should be placed alongside household garbage and they will be removed when normal garbage collection resumes next week. Sandbags should not go in with the yard waste and other storm debris.

As a last resort, residents may take storm debris to the Lena Road Landfill where disposal will be subject to standard tipping fee rates which are available at Manatee County residents with debris-related questions should visit or call Manatee County Utilities Customer Service at (941) 792-8811.