April 12, 2013
(West Palm Beach, FL) – Hurricane season is just around the corner, and the City of West Palm Beach wants to make sure you have plenty of time to prepare your property.
Today the City announced the start of its Hurricane Amnesty Program.
The program is a lifting of the usual limits on how much yard debris the city will haul away from your home.
From April 15 through June 15, the city will haul away any amount of yard debris during your regular yard waste pick up days. Usually the limit to the amount of yard debris on any given day is a pile 4 feet wide by 4 feet high by 17 feet long.
The lifting of the limit is meant to encourage homeowners to start trimming back their trees, pruning their shrubs, and removing any other overgrowth that could be blown around during a hurricane.
“There are so many things that can go wrong during a hurricane if your trees are not properly trimmed,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “Trees can be blown over into homes, onto power lines or into streets. Tree limbs can become dangerous projectiles. That’s why we want to encourage everyone to make sure between now and June 15th to take care of their property.”
There are two simple rules the city says need to be followed when you put out your piles of yard debris. The first is to make sure that you don’t pile it on top of any storm drains. The second is to try not to pile it under power lines making it harder for a truck to pull up next to it and pick it up.
The amnesty program applies to all residential vegetation and yard waste. It does not apply to commercial landscaping debris, or commercial properties.