Hurricane Irma

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- Debris removal
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What do I do with my hurricane debris?

Hurricane debris pickup

The Marion County Board of County Commissioners is coordinating pickup of hurricane-related yard debris from residents living on roads in the unincorporated areas of Marion County (except for state and forestry roads). Unincorporated areas include portions of the county not located within a city or town. To see which roads are eligible for debris pickup, view the map at the link below.

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View a map of the scheduled areas for pick up and the status here.

Residents should place their hurricane-related yard debris on the side of the road for future pickup, and follow these requirements:

  • Ensure the hurricane debris is in the right of way and not in the road, near utility poles, signage, or other structures which could impede pickup.
  • Don’t bag the debris or put it in containers.
  • Keep hurricane debris separate from all other items, such as household trash or appliances. Dispose of these as you would normally (e.g., bring to a recycling center or use a private franchise hauler).
  • Don’t place hurricane-related construction debris (e.g., carpet, roof shingles, etc.) on the roadside. Call Solid Waste (352-671-8465) for information on this type of waste.

The county’s certified contractor will conduct two passes through the county, prioritizing pickup by hardest-hit areas. The first pass began this week and will take about 45 days to complete. The second pass will be the final opportunity for hurricane debris pickup, and will be announced following the completion of the first pass.

Hurricane debris drop off

Residents not wanting to wait for pickup may bring the hurricane debris to one of these four locations from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. There is no fee and no limit to the amount of debris accepted.

  • Baseline Landfill, 5601 SE 66th St., Ocala
  • Davis Closed Landfill, 13000 SE 115th Ave., Ocklawaha
  • Martel Closed Landfill, 296 SW 67th Ave. Road, Ocala
  • Newton Closed Landfill, 1750 NW 100th St., Ocala

Per FEMA requirements, these sites are for residential hurricane debris only. This does not include regular landscape maintenance debris; that can be delivered to the regular recycling centers. Commercial debris is also not accepted and no debris can be delivered in a vehicle identified as commercial (e.g., a pickup truck identified as belonging to a lawn maintenance company). Residents should be able to provide a driver's license and/or utility bill proving residency.

Hurricane debris questions?

  • Call the Marion County Office of the County Engineer at 352-671-8686 with questions on county debris pick-up or to check on a specific road within the unincorporated sections of Marion County.
  • Call Marion County Solid Waste at 352-671-8465 with questions about the debris drop off locations.
  • Residents living in incorporated cities and towns should contact their respective governing agencies with questions.

Am I eligible for recovery assistance?

FEMA individual assistance program

Residents will have an opportunity to register for financial assistance and direct help to repair damage to their home and property caused by Hurricane Irma.

Assistance available:
- Housing assistance; temporary housing, repairs, replacement and construction.
- Personal property and other needs.

Apply online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or via phone at 800-462-7585. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has committed to advocating for assistance requests completed by anyone not registering in person. To be included, email your FEMA confirmation number to femahelp@marionso.com

Marion Disaster Recovery Network/United Way

Residents seeking assistance with post-Irma recovery are encouraged to contact United Way at 211 for an initial eligibility screening via phone. Access the MDRN web page here. View the press release from United Way with additional program information here.