By NewsLine Staff

Since Oct. 9, the St. Johns County Hurricane Matthew Storm Debris Removal Program has collected more than 643,000 cubic yards of vegetative, demolition and construction debris, and is now scheduled to be complete on Friday, Dec. 16. If additional services are required to complete the cleanup effort, please contact St. Johns County at 904.827.6980 or As the Hurricane Matthew Storm Debris Removal Program concludes, standard yard waste collection route schedules will resume on Monday, Dec. 19 for St. Johns County residents and businesses.

Following are debris removal and standard household garbage collection guidelines to ensure all debris and garbage is removed as thoroughly and quickly as possible:

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Hurricane Matthew Debris Removal Guidelines:

•Place all vegetative, demolition and construction debris within six feet of the curb.

•Make separate piles for vegetative debris, construction and demolition debris, discarded household furniture and appliances.

•Standard household trash or bagged debris of any kind will not be collected with storm debris by the county’s emergency debris removal contractor. Follow standard garbage removal schedules for these items.

•Ensure storm related debris is not placed near fire hydrants, vehicles, mailboxes, telephone poles, utility lines/meters, trees, fencing,etc.

•Do not park vehicles in close proximity to debris piles as it prevents access by removal equipment.

•Do not place hazardous materials, chemicals, paint, propane, pesticides or bio-waste curbside. All hazardous waste may be delivered to the Tillman Ridge or Stratton Road transfer stations for disposal.

•No leaves will be collected by the county’s emergency debris removal contractor.

•All debris from new construction must be removed by contractors performing the work.

Standard Household Collection Guidelines:

•Do not place household garbage or recycling carts in close proximity to storm debris.

•Standard yard waste, including bagged debris, will be picked up during standard garbage collection days by Advanced Disposal or Republic Services.

•Yard waste includes the following: Grass clippings and leaves placed in cans no larger than 32 gallons, or in sealed plastic bags no more than 50 pounds; shrubs, tree limbs and palm fronds not exceeding six feet in length or 50 pounds in weight stacked parallel to the curb.

For more information, email or call (904) 827-6980.

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