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St. Pete Recovers

It is a third-degree felony under State statute 403.413 for companies to dump on the right-of-way or vacant lots instead of taking debris to a yard waste facility. The offense may also be punishable by a $500.00 fine under City ordinance 27-465. The curbside storm debris cleanup is only for storm debris (not regular pruning maintenance or permitted tree removal).

St. Pete Recovers

St. Petersburg made it through Hurricane Irma. Our city was not devastated, but the quality of life we enjoy has been disrupted. Please know that your city government is working hard to get St. Pete back to normal.

Residential Curbside Storm Debris Clearing


The process is expected to take several weeks. Debris collection during the last major hurricane (2004) took approximately four months and we are committed to exceeding that and setting a new standard. While crews will conduct multiple sweeps of the city, residents are encouraged to prepare their debris as soon as possible.


As of Wednesday, October 18, crews have picked up approximately 100,000 cubic yards of debris in St. Pete and 96,000 cubic yards have been processed at the Debris Management Site. The first load of ground up debris is on its way out of the city to various places for repurposing and recycling. The bulk of the reduced material will be used for landscaping mulch. Some of the material will be sent to power facilities, who use the material as a renewable energy source.

In the first sweep, crews are picking up only vegetation. There will be another sweep once vegetation debris cleanup is complete. Crews using smaller vehicles will be picking up debris in the alleys after curbside collection is complete. Due to volume, crews won’t rake or sweep after pick-up. Leaves, twigs, and branches left behind can be placed into your regular garbage can. Even if your area is marked green on the debris map below, City crews will follow up on ALL areas again.


(Please note the schedule will be updated once daily. Those who are in a "to be scheduled" area do not need to request pickup. Crews will proactively be making their way throughout all parts of the city.)
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Debris Clean-Up Procedure

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  • Place storm-related brush in neat manageable piles behind the curb. Do not place material in front of the curb or in/near the alley.
  • Please clean up any additional debris in the road in front of your property so that it will not be washed into the Stormwater system and create blockages.
  • Please do not place piles too close to the garbage cans, poles, fire hydrants, or gas lines. Debris should be as accessible as possible.
  • Do not mix brush with other items. For example, if you have vegetation and pieces of a fence that need to be removed, please keep them in separate piles.
  • Do not block debris piles by parking on the street in front of debris – crews will be unable to collect the pile.
  • Residents who wish to have their debris disposed of prior to their curbside pickup date can bring their debris to one of the City’s five brush sites. Locations and hours can be found at

Important City of St. Petersburg Phone Numbers

  • Emergencies: 911
  • SPPD Non-Emergency: 727-893-7780
  • Greenhouse / Small Business Assistance: 727-893-7146
  • Mayor’s Action Center: 727-893-7111
  • Sanitation: 727-893-7334
  • Social Services: 727-893-7627
  • Utility Accounts: 727-893-7341
  • Water Resources: 727-893-7261

Important Websites


  • Duke Energy / Pinellas County: 727-443-2641
  • FEMA Assistance: 1-800-621-3362
  • State of Florida Assistance: 1-800-342-3557


Is aid available for storm-related damage?
Yes. Citizens and businesses can apply for aid through FEMA. The City will continue to operate a Disaster Relief Center at the Enoch Davis Center next week, where staff are available to assist in the application of FEMA grants. The DRC will be open Mon., Sept. 25, Wed., Sept. 27, and Fri., Sept. 29, from 2 - 6:30 p.m.
What number do I call if I’m concerned that I’ve been overcharged for something related to the storm?
Price gouging is illegal. Please call the Florida Attorney General at 1-866-966-7226.
What do I do with my sandbags?
Residents are encouraged to keep sandbags safely stored through the duration of hurricane season, which ends Nov. 30. Do not dispose of sandbags in the trash. Sanitation trucks have weight restrictions and the weight of sandbags have the potential to damage equiptment. There are two primary ways to get rid of your sandbags: Cut open the bags, spread the sand on your lawn, and put the bags in the trash. Or, take your bags to one of the city’s five brush sites, cut open the bags, dump the sand in the area identified by the attendant, and throw the bags in the trash.

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