Manatee County Storm Prep and Debris Management

Stay Informed

During and after a storm, critical information is sent out regarding evacuations, shelters, hospitals, supplies, re-entry, school closures, garbage collection and much more.

Municipal Utility Numbers

  • City of Anna Maria          (941) 708-6130 
  • City of Bradenton            (941) 708-6300 
  • City of Bradenton Beach (941) 778-1005 
  • City of Holmes Beach     (941) 708-5768 
  • City of Palmetto              (941) 723-4580 
  • Town of Longboat Key   (941) 361-6411

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Prepare

Early preparation enhances safety, reduces the amount of post storm debris, and ensures collection. 

 During a storm, items in the yard – lawn furniture, old bricks, tools, toys, etc. – can become projectiles that could injure people and cause damage to buildings and automobiles.  

 If the storm impacts our area you may have debris. It may be downed trees and limbs, broken pool cages, roofing material, fencing, etc. from wind damage. It could also be yard and household items ruined by flooding. Trimming trees and eliminating unwanted broken items NOW will reduce the amount of debris you may have to deal with after a storm. (Visit www.mymanatee.org/garbage for how to properly prepare yard waste for normal collection.) 

 When winds are high and conditions unsafe, garbage collection will be suspended leaving late-placed items uncollected at the curb. Preparing early means that the items are collected well before a storm nears. 

 Do not leave garbage cans and recycling carts at the curb when a storm is approaching. Bring all cans and carts back to a secure location.

Recover

When it is safe, you will want to start putting your home back in order. A few reminders: 

 If you don’t have power, the lift station in your area may not have power. This means that the sewer system isn’t working and flushing toilets could cause sewage to back up into homes in the neighborhood.  

 If debris results, and will be collected outside of regular garbage, items must be properly separated into piles by type of debris:  

  • Vegetative (trees, limbs, leaves, etc. but NO fencing – not even wood fences) 
  • Construction & demolition (C&D) (roofing material, metal, cement, fiberboard, all fencing, pool cages and screening) 
  • Appliances and white goods empty refrigerators and air conditioners) 
  • Garbage (household furniture, mattresses, spoiled food, etc.)  

 NO electronics or hazardous materials are collected curbside. 

 The collection process will be lengthy. Please be patient. Limiting items to only those damaged by the storm (not an opportunity to clean house) will help expedite the process.

Debris Placement

If the Manatee County Debris Management Plan is implemented, special collection trucks and schedules will be utilized. If this occurs: 

 Do not bag debris 

 Do not mix debris types (see adjacent information) 

 Do not block or place debris on top of: mailboxes, storm drains, water meters, backflow devices, etc. 

 Complete clean-up as soon as possible and comply with collection deadlines

Please Note: Not all events or storms will warrant the implementation of the Debris Management Plan. The decision to implement this plan is based on many variables, such as the magnitude of the storm and volumes of debris generated.  Residents will be advised whether or not Manatee County will implement the Debris Management Plan using local media outlets, social media formats and other communication sources. If the plan is not implemented residents should follow their normal waste collection procedures.

Manatee County Utilities

4410 66th Street West

Bradenton, FL 34210

Phone: (941) 792-8811

www.mymanatee.org/utililties

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