Storm Waste Collection

Debris Site Open (September 30, 2022)

If you would prefer not to wait for the FEMA contractor to pick up your vegetation debris you can drop it off at our free drop-off location. 

The site is located at the Northwest Recreation Complex. Please access via Appy Lane. The hours of operation are 7 AM to 7 PM starting today, Friday, September 30, 2022. The site will continue to operate until no longer needed.

PLEASE NOTE: Only vegetation debris will be accepted at this location. No construction debris (fences, lumber, etc.) or trash will be accepted. Please continue to monitor our Alert Center for additional updates. 

Debris After the Storm 

Information for Hurricane Ian 

Normal residential curbside trash, recycling, yard waste, and bulky collection in the City of Apopka has resumed as of Monday, October 3, 2022. Regular yard waste is bags and cans only. Regular bulky is furniture and large household items only.  Please note: Collection delays are expected over the next few weeks.

Our Public Services Department has initiated our FEMA Debris Removal Contract with Crowder Gulf. The contractor’s team has started operations and crews are mobilizing now.  They will begin debris removal for the City within the next week.  The contractor hired by the City will be hauling away large amounts of debris – the large amount of debris that is too big for normal yard waste collection. 


Please monitor our website for any updates on the schedules for garbage, recycling, yard trash, and bulk pickup.

Guidelines for Storm Debris Removal

  • Do not bag or containerize storm debris
  • Place debris curbside, without blocking the roadway, storm drains, fire hydrants, meters, utility poles, transformers, water mains, and/or underneath low utility lines.
  • Do not include hazardous waste (no paints/solvents, no fertilizer, and no chemicals/pesticides)
  • Do not include normal household trash. 

Separate Your Debris into Categories

  • Category One: Vegetative Debris
    • Leaves
    • Logs
    • Plants 
    • Tree Branches
  • Category Two: Construction and Demolition Debris
    • Building Materials
    • Carpet
    • Drywall
    • Furniture & Mattresses
    • Lumber
    • Plumbing
  • Category Three: White Goods/Appliances
    • Air Conditioners
    • Dishwashers
    • Freezers
    • Refrigerators
    • Stoves
    • Washers/Dryers
    • Water Heaters
  • Category Four: Electronics
    • Computers
    • Radios
    • Stereos
    • Televisions
    • Other devices with a cord 

Private/Gated Communities: Emergency Debris Removal

The City will coordinate when possible with private/gated communities, but remember that debris removal from private/gated property is the responsibility of the property owner. Here are the options for private/gated communities in Apopka:

  • Option 1: Residents may set out vegetative debris according to the regular yard waste program. If vegetation or other debris is too widespread, too numerous or too large for pick up by Solid Waste, an official representative of the HOA/Management Company may contact the City by dialing 407-703-1731 and indicate the need for assistance. City officials will respond to the representative and schedule a time to meet on-site to assess the damage and determine the amount of debris to be removed.
  • Option 2: The HOA/Management Company may opt to have the debris placed on public right of way outside the private/gated community property line. The private/gated community will then contract with a private contractor to remove the debris from the private/gated community to the designated public right of way during the predetermined time period. The City debris removal contractor will be responsible for coordinating the debris removal from the public right of way during the specified time period to ensure the area remains clear for the safety of all citizens.
  • Option 3: In the event public right of way is not available outside the gates of the private/gated community, a roll off may be placed in a location designated by the City. The private/gated community will then contract with a private contractor to remove the debris to the roll off during the predetermined time period. The City debris removal contractor will be responsible for emptying and replacing the roll off during the specified time period.

Additional Information

Visit for more information on the FEMA Public Assistance Program.
Apply now at, dial 800-621-3362 or download the FEMA mobile app.

Federal Assistance

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Individual Assistance can help residents recover after Hurricane Ian.  Residents may qualify for:

  • Up to $37,900 for home repairs from FEMA
  • Up to $37,900 for other lost property (damaged automobile or other property from FEMA)

Additionally, the following resources are available for businesses in need of disaster assistance after Hurricane Ian:

Before a Storm Arrives

Preparation Tips: Before a Storm is Coming

  • Do not wait for a storm to be named to clear your property, do your tree trimming and yard clearing now and place at the curb on your bulky day.

Preparation for Named Storm

  • Monitor the City’s website and social media for updates on when regular sanitation services will stop before the storm. 
  • Secure garbage containers or move them inside prior to the arrival of the storm. 
  • Clear your property of any items that could be a danger to you or your neighbors in hurricane-force winds.
  • The following locations are available to the public for tree & construction debris:
    • Golden Gem Landfill (3602 Golden Gem Road) Call 407-886-4879 for additional information. Normal Hours of Operation are Monday through Friday 7 AM to 5 PM and Saturday from 7 AM to 2 PM. 
    • Waste Management Vista Landfill (242 W. Keene Road) Normal Operations are Monday through Friday from 7 AM to 3 PM.