Public Works Department
Solid Waste Authority News Release:
As Palm Beach County is in the cone of uncertainty for Hurricane Elsa, now is not the time to do major yard work or begin construction projects.
The Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County asks all county residents:
- Not to cut down trees or do major yard work.
- Not to begin construction projects that produce debris.
- Not to place more than the six (6) cubic yard limit of yard waste from normal yard maintenance per week at the curb.
Once a Watch or Warning has been issued:
- Do not trim vegetation of any kind.
- Do not take materials to the curb, transfer stations or landfill. Services may be suspended and facilities closed early to prepare for the storm.
While SWA facilities are expected to operate as normal through the weekend, should the predicted storm’s path head toward Palm Beach County, the SWA cannot guarantee debris pickup.
There is not enough manpower, equipment or hours in the day to collect and dispose of large amounts of debris when a storm is nearing landfall. Once wind speeds increase, high-profile trucks cannot safely be on the road. The SWA and the haulers must prepare their own facilities and equipment to safely weather the approaching storm.
The SWA is working with the PBC Emergency Operations Center to monitor the storm’s potential path to make a determination on any facility closures or cancelled garbage, recyclables and yard waste collections in the unincorporated parts of the county. But, we need the help of every resident for the efficient removal of debris leading up to and after the storm.
For additional information on debris collection in unincorporated parts of Palm Beach County, contact SWA Customer Information Services at 561-697-2700 or 866-792-4636 (toll-free), or visit SWA.org/Hurricane.
SWA Household Hazardous Waste : Dispose Of Your Household Hazardous Waste at SWA for Free
Solid Waste Authority Household Hazardous Waste Tip #1: Home Chemicals - Save your shelf this spring by cleaning out home hazards from sheds, garages and under sinks. Cleaners, paints, pesticides and automotive products have no place in the regular trash or down storm drains where they can expose people, pets and our environment to harm. Instead, Palm Beach County residents can dispose of their unwanted chemicals at any of the SWA's seven convenient drop-off locations for FREE.
Solid Waste Authority Household Hazardous Waste Tip #2: Fluorescent light bulbs use less electricity than a standard incandescent bulb, last longer, and give off less heat, making them a cost-effective lighting alternative to regular incandescent bulbs. However, fluorescent lamps do contain mercury, and should not be thrown away in the trash.
Palm Beach County residents are asked to bring their used fluorescent bulbs, and other mercury containing devices such as thermostats, thermometers, electrical switches and liquid mercury, to their nearest SWA Home Chemical and Recycling Center. Palm Beach County residents can dispose of these unwanted chemicals for FREE at any of the SWA's seven convenient drop-off locations.