Florida was highly affected by hurricane Irma damage and left over waste debris. Whether it’s a dumpster or a trash compactor, trash haulers are facing many different issues, here are just a couple.
1) We have contracts with the counties for waste removal. Every couple days or so regular county waste facilities and landfills are completely backed up and not taking anymore waste. This is a huge problem because we are forced to now go to the next county landfill to dispose of this waste and the cost is significantly higher and we are not being reimbursed for this higher amount. There is currently a request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help work something out with every county waste facility in Florida for flexibility. We will risk losing federal reimbursement costs if something is not done.
2) Residents are piling hurricane waste debris on the curb and some estimate they can sit there for another 6 weeks. Many haulers although they have contracts with the city are not picking up any waste until their regular waste facilities are open and accepting more trash but they are consistently backed up and closing. Haulers are refusing to pay the higher rate at the next county landfill. Some counties are advising residents to separate different types of trash debris, such as tree debris, wood, and regular household trash.
3) The junk piles accumulating in front of resident homes and businesses can lead to rodent infestations. They also create a stench as the decomposition process happens, these piles of tree debris can also cause a huge concern because if dried it will be highly flammable. Also, these junk piles are being scattered onto public roads and sidewalks with any winds. Things are looking very messy in Florida.
State Florida officials and contractors are working around the clock to assess the damage caused by Hurricane Irma.
Irma was very catastrophic and was one of the strongest wind producing hurricanes our country has seen since 1980 when Hurricane Allen struck.
Though city officials and weather agencies reported this storm to be an expected Category 6 hurricane with winds averaging 200 plus miles per hour, by the time it actually reached Florida the storm luckily had reduced down to a category 2.
The damage could have been catastrophic if the storm had been a category 6. Florida dealt with enough waste debris from high winds as it is from a category 2, we could not fathom the amount of damage created if it had reached category 6.