Post-Hurricane Irma Solid Waste & Debris Removal


Standard Yard Debris Guidelines – As the post-Hurricane Irma debris clean up efforts approach completion, please review the standard guidelines that apply to the disposal of yard debris. We thank you in advance for helping to make this a smooth transition and look forward to servng you in the future.

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Debris Removal Program Updates

The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners and staff would like to thank the community for their patience as we work diligently to remove Hurricane Irma debris as quickly as possible. The debris removal program was unexpectedly prolonged due to resources being limited by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and the widespread impact of Irma to the State of Florida. Additional resources are being acquired and enlisted in the program when possible and all storm debris is projected to be removed by December. 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding debris removal, please contact St. Johns County at 904.827.6980 or email

Post Hurricane Residential Collections

Due to the increase in volume of garbage, recycling, and yard debris caused by Hurricane Irma, residential service days may run a day behind.

Our residential service providers, Republic Services and Advanced Disposal are collecting all bagged & containerized debris on scheduled service days.

  • Normal yard debris includes the following:
  • Grass clippings and leaves placed in cans no larger than 32 gallons, or sealed in plastic bags no more than 50lbs.
  • Small vegetative debris, twigs, and branches.
  • Do not place near storm-related debris.
  • Please continue to follow your normal garbage, recycling, and yard debris schedule and guidelines.

For more information regarding the Hurricane Irma Debris Removal program, please call 904.827.6980.

St. Johns County Post-Storm Yard Debris Burning Information

As St. Johns County residents begin to clean up storm debris from Hurricane Irma, the Florida Forest Service urges residents to follow these rules for safe yard debris burning:

  • Make sure you meet the required setbacks.
  • Clear the area down to bare soil around your pile to prevent the fire from spreading.
  • Cover a non-combustible container with wire mesh to keep sparks from flying out and starting new fires.
  • Burn only yard waste, no household garbage (includes paper products and newspapers).
  • Never leave a fire unattended.
  • Keep a water hose or shovel handy in case your fire escapes.
  • Make sure smoke does not obstruct visibility on nearby roads.
  • Be sure fire is completely out before you leave.
  • Piles larger than eight feet in diameter require an authorization from the Florida Forest Service. For an authorization, call 386.585.6150.

Be advised that the burning of yard waste/storm debris is not allowed inside St. Augustine city limits. For information on the city’s storm debris collection plan, visit, or call (904) 825-1040.






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Tillman Ridge & Stratton Rd
Transfer Station Hours

Monday – Friday
7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
7 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Holidays Closed:
Thanksgiving, Christmas
New Years Day

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