Boca Offers Special Bulk, Vegetation Pick Up For Hurricane Prep

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Staff report

In preparation for hurricane season, the City of Boca Raton’s Sanitation Department is offering a special bulk and vegetation pickup for all customers in city limits.

This is the second year the City is offering the Clean and Cut Program in order to encourage proactive hurricane preparation.

The program asks residents to start by “cleaning” garages and storage areas and “cutting” and pruning trees and shrubs. The free additional pickups will begin in June on Wednesdays and Saturdays depending on the customer’s route.

Boca launched the program last year after the city faced sanitation challenges before Hurricane Irma in 2017. As the storm approached, residents prepared and secure their properties by cleaning out garages and trimming trees at the last minute, according to the city. The volume of debris inundated sanitation dump sites and transfer stations which closed after reaching maximum capacity. The City’s Municipal Services Department had no other choice but to suspend operations, leaving hazardous materials vulnerable in hurricane force winds.

After the Clean and Cut program was completed in June of 2018, over 4,000 tons of garbage and bulk items were collected and over 1,000 tons of vegetation. Compared to June 2017, numbers increased by 18.5 precent with close to 800 additional tons of waste picked up from residents. Last June’s garbage collection was the highest amount of the year.

Residents can view their extra pick up days and additional hurricane preparedness information such as list of acceptable bulk items and proper pruning protocol through the City’s website at www.MyBoca.us/BePrepared. For more information, please call Sanitation Services at 561-416-3367.