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City of Friendswood: Debris Removal Guidelines

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- More than one pass will be made. If the truck could not reach your debris on the first pass, move the remainder to the curb.
- Debris must be in segregated piles.
- Do not park in front of debris piles, it hinders access.

Any items left on the curbside are subject to removal by the City’s storm debris contractor. If you have furniture or other items that you are keeping or holding until insurance adjusters can see them; put these items in the back yard or close to the home.

The City has received multiple calls in regards to the “looting” of furniture and appliances from the curbside. Residents should be aware that material left on the public right of way, or curb, is considered debris or garbage.

The cleanup process started on Wednesday September 6th with trucks picking up storm debris. Trucks will complete multiple passes over the next several weeks. During the first pass, trucks will be picking up the most expedient debris they can find to help eliminate public health risks of floodwaters. Debris that is inaccessible due to parked vehicles or other obstructions will be skipped during the first pass.

City contractors are utilizing pickup trucks with trailers to collect large appliances such as refrigerators, washers, dryers, dishwashers, and water heaters. Move any items that you wish to keep, out of the right of way, or curb. City contractors will not go into yards to collect items.

To help the cleanup process, residents are urged to avoid parking in front of debris piles. Segregate your debris into piles: Construction and Demolition, appliances, electronics, woody debris, and hazardous materials. If you have already used trash bags, separate these bags from the main debris pile. They will be picked up at a later time. Contractors must be able to see what they are picking up to ensure that it is storm debris and that the landfill is licensed to accept the items in the bag. For example, their primary landfill can accept building materials but not expired food or hazardous materials.

The City will not pick up damaged campers, RVs, or vehicles. All damaged vehicles need to be disposed of by their owners. Contractor trucks will only be picking up debris in areas affected by floodwaters. For those that did not flood, follow normal household garbage criteria.

Debris must be brought to the right of way. Debris left on utility easements or behind residences will not be picked up. Ensure that roads are accessible by emergency vehicles, utility crews, and school busses. Do not pile debris on streets. Trucks with booms and claws will be used and can reach to the other side of ditch lines. A second pass will be made for debris deeper in yards that could not be reached. Move remaining debris to the curb.

Debris must be separated into segregated piles:
- Vegetative waste: consists of trees, tree trunks, limbs, shrubs, leaves, and other green waste.
- Construction and demolition: consists of sheet rock, shingles, siding, carpet, furniture, and other items originating from homes.
- White goods: consists of refrigerators, washers, dryers, and other large appliances.
- Household hazardous materials: consists of cleaners, paints, and other hazardous materials. Household hazardous materials should not be mixed with other storm related debris.
- Electronics: TVs, gaming consoles, computers, and stereos.
Normal residential garbage collection for household trash has resumed. Keep bagged garbage separate from other storm related debris.

When piling debris curbside do not block or obscure fire hydrants as they are necessary for firefighting. Ensure your gas meter is accessible and do not pile debris on or around it. Do not obscure stop signs, mailboxes, intersections, or any other traffic control signage.

Residents are urged to use caution when driving through neighborhoods with storm debris as piles may limit visibility at intersections or hide pedestrian traffic.

Avoid putting storm debris in bags; however, if you have already used trash bags for storm debris, you have two options:
- Separate these bags from the main debris piles to be picked up at a later time.
- Cut open the bags to expose the contents. Debris collection contractors must be able to see what they are picking up to ensure that it is storm debris and that the landfill is licensed to accept the items in the bags.

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