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Port Charlotte, FL 33948

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Storm Debris Pickup and Garbage Collection

Storm-related debris is collected separately from household garbage. Place separated storm-related debris curbside, not in the roadway, to prevent safety issues. Please be patient. It will likely take a few months to complete all debris removal.

Household Garbage Collection

  • Waste Management is collecting household garbage and recycling on your regularly scheduled pickup day.
  • Recycling must be in the recycling cart to be collected.
  • Hurricane debris is being picked up by a separate contractor.
  • Residents missing carts should contact Waste Management at 941.697.0012. 

Private Property and Commercial Debris Removal

FDEM is now accepting applications from private and commercial property owners who would like assistance for the assessment and removal of qualifying debris, including vehicles. To apply for storm debris removal:

Waterway Debris Collection

Public Works has a contractor that is currently working to collect storm debris from the navigable waterways that the County normally maintains. We do not have a schedule of when they will be in your area, but the maps will show where they are working now and where they will be moving to next.

Curbside Storm Debris

Storm-related debris (vegetative and construction & demolition) is currently being collected. There will be additional pickup cycles for the separate debris piles. Please be patient. It will likely take several months to complete all debris removal. Keep all debris away from fire hydrants, backflow preventers or water meter boxes.

Separate Storm-related Debris

Storm-related debris must be separated into piles at the curb. 

Vegetative Debris (e.g., tree branches, logs, plants)  
  • Do NOT place in bags.
  • Debris does not have to be bundled or cut into smaller pieces. 
Construction Debris (e.g., building materials, drywall, lumber, carpet)
  • Do NOT place in bags.
  • Household chemicals cannot be placed at the curb.
Appliances
  • Remove all contents from refrigerators before placing at curbside.

Storm Debris Drop-Off

The sites accept white goods, storm-related yard or vegetation debris, and construction and demolition debris from residential properties.
  • No Business or Commercial use (must use the landfill).
  • No perishable waste, such as household garbage.
  • Debris in bags is not accepted; debris may be brought in bags, but must be dumped on site.

Storm Debris Drop-Off Locations

Charlotte County residents can drop off storm debris from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Sunday (trailers cannot exceed 12 feet in length).
  • Placida West Boat Ramp (debris drop-off only, not for launching boats), 12560 Placida Road, Placida
  • Florida Street (south county area), 7000 Florida St. Punta Gorda
  • West Charlotte Mini-Transfer & Recycling Facility (Unlimited visits until further notice),
    7070 Environmental Way, Englewood 
  • Mid-County Mini-Transfer & Recycling Facility (Unlimited visits until further notice),
    19765 Kenilworth Blvd., Port Charlotte 
Charlotte County Landfill (Fees Apply)
  • The landfill is open for business and residential waste.
  • Monday-Sunday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
  • Current fees (credit cards only): County Residents $39.28 per ton (min charge $5); Out-of-County $78.54 per ton (min charge $17); Tires $125.46 per ton in-county and $141.82 per ton out-of-county; Asbestos: $109.10 per ton (in-county only); special handling $50 per event
  • Account Application: call 941.764.4360

Storm Debris Pickup FAQ

Please be patient with the pickup of storm debris in your neighborhood. There are multiple cycles of debris pickup. It will likely take several months to complete all debris removal.

Skipping Debris Piles - Why was my debris not picked up when others on my street were?
There are various reasons piles are not picked up when the truck comes around.
  • Piles that contain mixed types of debris will not be picked up. Please make sure the storm-related debris is separated into piles of vegetation, construction & demolition (such as building materials, drywall, lumber, carpet, etc.), and white goods (appliances). 
  • Storm debris collection does not include commercial businesses or clearing of vacant land.
  • The trucks may have been unable to pick up the debris safely. For example, piles under powerlines or trees obstruct the claw from safely picking up the debris. Debris piles should also be away from fire hydrants, backflow preventers, and water meter boxes to prevent damage to these structures.
  • The truck may have been full or only had space for a smaller pile before leaving the area to empty its haul.
  • Each truck is assigned a type of debris to pick up, such as vegetation or construction & demolition, therefore only picking up piles of that type of debris.
Last Push Debris Pickup – Why are there still small piles and scattered debris on my street?
  • When this massive storm debris collection process is nearing completion, the debris contractor will perform a last push for debris removal. This last push will consist of workers using machines to push all the remaining scattered debris and small debris piles into one large pile on the roadway, then the trucks will pickup this debris. Therefore, neighborhoods may have small piles that the trucks are not picking up now but will be part of this last push in the future.
  • Another part of the last push will be to clear storm debris from the right of way of vacant lots.
Storm-related Tree Trimming in Right of Way – Why did they only trim the trees in the right of way and not the other trees on a property that were leaning/hanging?
  • Our tree trimmers are still in some areas trimming trees that are leaning or hanging that are in the right of way. The trees will only be trimmed back to the right of way line because we are unable to work on personal property.

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