Cleanup after Hurricane Sally is well underway, and Escambia County is advising residents how debris from the storm will be picked up over the coming days to weeks.

Escambia County Emergency Management asked residents to place any storm-generated debris on their curb.

Debris should be separated in the following ways:

  • Vegetative debris: Whole trees, tree stumps, tree branches, tree trunks and other leafy material (The county will not pick up bagged material, only loose debris)
  • Construction and demolition debris: Damaged components of buildings and structures such lumber and wood, wallboard, glass, metal, roofing materials, tile, furnishings and fixtures
  • Appliances and “white goods”: Refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, heat pumps, ovens, ranges, washing machines, clothes dryers and water heaters
  • Electronic waste: Computers, televisions and office electronic equipment
  • Household hazardous waste: Materials that are ignitable, reactive, toxic or corrosive such as paints, cleaners and pesticides

Only debris in the public right of way — the space between the edge of the road and the property line where things like where utility poles, sidewalks and drainage ditches are located — will be collected.

City of Pensacola residents

City of Pensacola residents are advised to do the same. The city will begin collecting debris on Monday. The county has not announced yet when it will begin collecting debris.

Escambia County is responsible for picking up storm debris outside of city limits, not Emerald Coast Utilities Authority. ECUA is continuing trash pickup but on a delayed schedule and is currently not collecting curbside recycling.

Pensacola will collect trash twice a week starting Monday for household trash. It is also not collecting recycling.

Santa Rosa County residents

Santa Rosa County’s debris hauling contractor will be in the county on Tuesday and Wednesday to cut hanging limbs from over roads so trucks can pick up debris.

Residential debris removal will then begin Thursday. To help removal debris pickup operate as smoothly as possible, residents are asked to separate their debris as follows:

  • normal household trash
  • vegetative debris
  • construction/demolition debris
  • appliances/white goods
  • electronics
  • household hazardous debris 

Crews will begin pickup in a central location and systematically move through the county. Once the crews make one complete pass, additional passes will be made to pick up extra debris. Residents will be notified before crews make a final pass.

The county’s debris pickup does not include the cities of Milton or Gulf Breeze. 

Crews will begin by picking up vegetative debris first. Residents are asked to cut logs less than 8 feet long. Vegetative debris cannot be mixed with treated lumber, fencing, construction or demolition debris.

Place separated debris beside the roadway where crews can easily access. Do not stack debris under power lines, low-hanging limbs, near mailboxes, fire hydrants, water meters or in ditches

Crews are not allowed to go on to private property to remove debris.

Pickup will be from dusk to dawn.

Santa Rosa County residents (not commercial haulers/landscapers) can continue to bring vegetative debris at no cost to Central Landfill until further notice. 

Two free debris drop-off locations will be announced when confirmed.

Jim Little can be reached at jwlittle@pnj.com and 850-208-9827.

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