MONROE COUNTY, FL – Monroe County residents still can bring their own residential hurricane debris to one of the County’s three transfer stations for free disposal. This will continue for a few more weeks.

For contractors and landscapers, the fee for disposal at County transfer stations always has been $123.50 per ton.

The last day to put eligible hurricane debris on County and private roads in the Mile Marker 28 to 40 area (Little Torch, Big Pine and No Name keys) is Sunday, Jan. 28.

Nowhere else in the Keys, including along U.S. 1, is it allowed to put hurricane debris on the side of the road. Residents and business owners can put what fits into your regular solid waste or yard waste bins for collection by your regular haulers. You also can call your regular haulers for special pickup, which may come with a fee.

The final pass to collect hurricane debris for Mile Marker 28 to 40 begins on Monday, Jan. 29, and will continue for several weeks until the debris has been collected. Leading up to the final pass start date, collection will continue in this area.

County public works crews will also perform a final pass on private roads in this area, moving any additional debris from the private road to the closest County right of way for collection by the County’s contractor. It is not necessary for residents on private roads to call to request a pick up.

The final pass already is underway on County and private roads in the Mile Marker 16 to 28 area, and will continue until completed.


Hours of operation: 8 am. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Cudjoe Key: Blimp Road, turn at MM 21.5 off U.S. 1, 305-745-2513

Long Key: Mile Marker 68 on Overseas Highway, 305-664-2263 or 305-664-2269

Key Largo, 11100 County Road 905, 305-367-4236

REMINDER: Residents should follow all County hurricane debris removal requirements:

  • Stack hurricane related debris on the county right of way (road shoulder) in front of homes or on private road right of way in front of your home. It must not block the road or driveways.
  • Do not put debris on vacant lots or other property. It will not be picked up.
  • Separate into five groups as best you can: vegetative debris, seaweed, household appliances, non-vegetative debris and household hazardous waste, which includes paints, cleaners, etc. (It is recommended you bring your household hazardous waste to one of the County’s three transfer stations).
  • Hurricane debris needs to be separate from regular household trash. Contents of refrigerators should be thrown out in regular trash. This gets picked up by regular garbage collection.
  • Debris also should be kept away from fire hydrants and utility poles.
  • Avoid putting debris in plastic garbage bags on the right of way. If debris is put in garbage bags, it should be put in regular garbage bins for collection. Piles that contain any garbage bags may not be picked up.

Things that are not eligible for free pick up by hurricane debris contractor include: cars, trucks, motor homes, motor cycles, trailers, boats or other watercraft and car parts like tires.

For those type of large, ineligible items that already are along the roadways, the County is working with the Sheriff’s Office to try to identify the owners to remove their own property. Other plans are being worked out for items whose owners can’t be identified.

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