Storm Waste Collection


  1. There are no alerts at this time.
  • Sandbags available at Edwards Field on Tuesday, November 8 and Wednesday, November 9, 2022 from 8 AM to 6 PM.
  • The Public Workshop for the South Apopka Annexation has been postponed. A new date will be determined at the next City Council Meeting taking place on November 16, 2022 at 7 PM.  

Debris After the Storm 

Final Pass for FEMA Debris Removal will begin on Monday, November 7, 2022.

Information for Hurricane Ian 

Normal residential curbside trash, recycling, yard waste, and bulky collection in the City of Apopka has resumed as of Monday, October 3, 2022. Regular yard waste is bags and cans only. Regular bulky is furniture and large household items only.  Please note: Collection delays are expected over the next few weeks.

Our Public Services Department has initiated our FEMA Debris Removal Contract with Crowder Gulf

The City’s FEMA Contractor, Crowder Gulf, began debris removal in neighborhoods this week. They have five 150-yard claw trucks on the streets collecting debris in the City.

They will be making multiple passes through neighborhoods and we will advertise when the second pass starts. They will be addressing leaning trees and hanging limbs after the 1st pass. The City also has three claw trucks collecting debris.

Sanitation is picking up garbage as well as small yard debris in bags or cans. Due to the volume of debris, yard waste is running slow. We appreciate your patience as we continue efforts to clean up in the aftermath of this storm.

The contractor hired by the City will be hauling away large amounts of debris – the large amount of debris that is too big for normal yard waste collection. 


Please monitor our website for any updates on the schedules for garbage, recycling, yard trash, and bulk pickup.

Reminder: FEMA is helping our community with storm related debris. This pickup is not for new tree trimming or tree removal. Removal of new debris, that is not storm related, are subject to home owner charges.

Disaster Debris Removal

Our debris removal contractors were deploy the week of October 10, 2022 to collect large storm debris. Please Note: Small debris and leaves can be collected with normal yard waste collection.

What to Expect

  • Crews will make multiple passes to collect storm debris, focusing on vegetative debris first. 
  • We appreciate your patience as we collect debris from all areas of the City.

How to Prepare

  • Place debris on the curb at the edge of your property.
  • Debris may be collected in multiple phases. Vegetative debris is our immediate focus.
  • Separate items to be collected by vegetative debris, construction debris, appliances, and electronics. 
  • Do not stack or lean debris near or on trees, poles, fire hydrants, or other structures.
  • Do not block the roadway or storm drains. Please limit obstruction of sidewalks. 
  • 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
    • Large Branches
    • Tree Limbs
    • Logs
    • Plants
  • 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 however this collection will be delayed until city-maintained rights-of-ways are cleared.  An HOA representative can contact Josh Robinson at 407-703-1731 for any further questions.
  • 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, residents or their private contractor may bring their debris to the designated citizen drop off location at Gate 5 on Appy Lane.

Additional Information

Visit for more information on the FEMA Public Assistance Program.
Apply now at, dial 800-621-3362 or download the FEMA mobile app.

Federal Assistance

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Individual Assistance can help residents recover after Hurricane Ian.  Residents may qualify for:

  • Up to $37,900 for home repairs from FEMA
  • Up to $37,900 for other lost property (damaged automobile or other property from FEMA)

Additionally, the following resources are available for businesses in need of disaster assistance after Hurricane Ian:

Before a Storm Arrives

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.

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.
  • The following locations are available to the public for tree & construction debris:
    • Golden Gem Landfill (3602 Golden Gem Road) Call 407-886-4879 for additional information. Normal Hours of Operation are Monday through Friday 7 AM to 5 PM and Saturday from 7 AM to 2 PM. 
    • Waste Management Vista Landfill (242 W. Keene Road) Normal Operations are Monday through Friday from 7 AM to 3 PM.