Leon County Emergency Information Portal

Cleanup Information

Solid Waste and Debris Removal

Please be patient after the storm has passed.  The County, along with its contractors, will be working hard to ensure everything within its legal jurisdiction is collected in a timely manner.  Depending on the severity of the storm, this may take more time than normal.

The County can only pick up solid waste and debris that is placed in public rights-of-way within the unincorporated areas of Leon County. Under normal circumstances, the County is not permitted to pick up along private roadways or enter private property to retrieve debris.

Debris Removal from Private Roads

The removal of disaster-generated debris from private roads by the County is authorized only after a major or catastrophic disaster, and if the Debris Management Plan has been implemented. During this time, the County Administrator, or designee, must determine that such removal is reasonably necessary to eliminate immediate threats to life, public health, and safety; or to ensure economic recovery of the affected community to the benefit of the community at large.

Responsibility of Private Property Owners

Private property owners must assure that the placement of debris in County rights-of-way or on private roads for removal by the County satisfies the following:

  1. Separate debris into stacks or piles into the following categories: household garbage, recycling, appliances (as a safety precaution, remove all doors from appliances), hazardous household waste and electronic waste, bulky waste, construction and demolition debris. To the extent possible, 4’ – 6’ of space should be left between piles.
  2. Secure all household garbage in your trash container.  Any excess can be brought to a Rural Waste Center at no charge.
    Locations of the Rural Waste Center are: 
    Woodville at 549 Henry Jones Road
    Ft. Braden at 2485 E. Joe Thomas Road
    Miccosukee at 13051 Miccosukee Road
    Blount at 4363 Holder 
    Visit www.leoncountyfl.gov/solidwaste/ruralsites.asp for directions.
  3. The debris shall be neatly stacked, piled, or placed with its leading edge lying within the three-foot roadside shoulder area on either side of the travel lanes of the road, not blocking the roadway, traffic signs and signals, or storm drains.
  4. Do not place any debris under any power lines, on top of any water meters, or within three feet of any power poles, fire hydrants, vehicles, mailboxes, or fences.

Please remember that Leon County's FIRST priority will be to open streets and remove debris from the rights-of-way of major roadways, so that transportation corridors can resume functioning at capacity.
For more information on how to minimize risks posed by a storm, you may download the flier entitled "Waste Disposal Guidelines for Hurricane Season."

Poster explaining guidlines for hauling hurricane-related debris