Storm Waste Collection


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Preparation Tips: Before a Storm is Coming

  • Do not wait for a storm to be named to clear your property, do your tree trimming and yard clearing now and place at the curb on your bulky day.
  • Download the 2020 Apopka Hurricane Guide.

Preparation for Named Storm

  • Monitor the City’s website and social media for updates on when regular sanitation services will stop before the storm. 
  • Secure garbage containers or move them inside prior to the arrival of the storm. 
  • Clear your property of any items that could be a danger to you or your neighbors in hurricane-force winds.

Debris After the Storm

We ask for your patience. After a storm has passed, our first priority is to clear roadways to allow safe passage through our community. 

Depending on the severity and amount of damage caused by the storm, the City may employ contractors to assist with removing excess debris following the storm. Please monitor our website for any updates on the schedules for garbage, recycling, yard trash, and bulk pickup. 

Please follow these guidelines:

  • Do not bag or containerize storm debris
  • Place debris curbside, without blocking the roadway, storm drains, fire hydrants, meters, utility poles, transformers, water mains, and/or underneath low utility lines.
  • Do not include hazardous waste (no paints/solvents, no fertilizer, and no chemicals/pesticides)
  • Do not include normal household trash. 

Separate Your Debris into Categories

  • Category One: Vegetative Debris
    • Leaves (not bagged)
    • Logs
    • Plants 
    • Tree Branches
  • Category Two: Construction and Demolition Debris
    • Building Materials
    • Carpet
    • Drywall
    • Furniture & Mattresses
    • Lumber
    • Plumbing
  • Category Three: White Goods/Appliances
    • Air Conditioners
    • Dishwashers
    • Freezers
    • Refrigerators
    • Stoves
    • Washers/Dryers
    • Water Heaters
  • Category Four: Electronics
    • Computers
    • Radios
    • Stereos
    • Televisions
    • Other devices with a cord 

Private/Gated Communities: Emergency Debris Removal

The City will coordinate when possible with private/gated communities, but remember that debris removal from private/gated property is the responsibility of the property owner. Here are the options for private/gated communities in Apopka:

  • Option 1: Residents may set out vegetative debris according to the regular yard waste program. If vegetation or other debris is too widespread, too numerous or too large for pick up by Solid Waste, an official representative of the HOA/Management Company may contact the City by dialing 407-703-1731 and indicate the need for assistance. City officials will respond to the representative and schedule a time to meet on-site to assess the damage and determine the amount of debris to be removed.
  • Option 2: The HOA/Management Company may opt to have the debris placed on public right of way outside the private/gated community property line. The private/gated community will then contract with a private contractor to remove the debris from the private/gated community to the designated public right of way during the predetermined time period. The City debris removal contractor will be responsible for coordinating the debris removal from the public right of way during the specified time period to ensure the area remains clear for the safety of all citizens.
  • Option 3: In the event public right of way is not available outside the gates of the private/gated community, a roll off may be placed in a location designated by the City. The private/gated community will then contract with a private contractor to remove the debris to the roll off during the predetermined time period. The City debris removal contractor will be responsible for emptying and replacing the roll off during the specified time period.

Additional Information

Visit for more information on the FEMA Public Assistance Program.

More specific information regarding debris and sanitation pickups will be made available as decisions are made by Emergency Officials.