How to sort debris from Hurricane Ian

Published: October 5, 2022 9:53 AM EDT
Updated: October 5, 2022 9:59 AM EDT

Florida residents with storm-generated debris from Hurricane Ian should follow instructions from local officials about sorting materials and placing them on the curb for collection.

Debris Separation

Localities frequently ask residents to sort debris into various categories.

  • Hazardous Waste. Examples: oil, batteries, pesticides, cleaning supplies, compressed gas, and paints. (Note: If you suspect that materials contain lead-based paint, keep them moist or contain materials in plastic bags so that the paint does not become airborne.)
  • Construction and Demolition debris. Examples: lumber, roofing, and other structural debris strewn by storm
  • Household Garbage. Examples: bagged garbage, discarded food, paper, packaging
  • Large Appliances/white goods. Examples: refrigerator, washer/dryer, air conditioner, stove, water heater, dishwasher. (Note: Do not leave doors unsealed or unsecured.)
  • Vegetative Debris. Examples: trees, tree branches, logs, plants, leaves

Do not place debris on or near downed power lines or close to utility boxes.


Your local officials will tell you what’s authorized and what isn’t for pickup near the public right-of-way as well as how to place it there. Debris should not block the roadway.

Placing debris near or on trees, poles or other structures makes removal difficult. This includes fire hydrants and meters.

Demolition, Repair, and Reconstruction Debris

Examples include building materials, drywall, lumber, carpet, furniture, and plumbing. Demolition, repair, and reconstruction by a contractor hired by a property owner generally include the removal and disposal of materials.