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Post-Hurricane Debris Collection and Disposal

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Post-Hurricane Debris Collection and Disposal


1) Burning of any kind is strictly prohibited in the City of Lakeland. Read more below and at https://goo.gl/hF74nW

2) Regular waste collection has resumed in the City of Lakeland and FEMA debris collection is in progress. Read below for more information.

3) Polk County has waived fees for disposal at its NE landfill. Read below for more information.



#HurricaneIrma downed many trees and created a lot of yard waste. As residents clean up their properties and neighborhoods, some are burning yard waste instead of leaving it on the curb. The Lakeland Fire Department reminds you that it is NOT allowed to burn yard waste, tree trimmings, trash, etc. in the City of Lakeland, FL - Government limits! LFD has responded to many calls having to ask citizens to stop burning yard waste, because it is a major fire hazard and puts neighboring structures at risk. This is taking away from the department's ability to respond to more pressing calls, like true emergencies.

Keep in mind burning is ALLOWED OUTSIDE OF CITY OF LAKELAND LIMITS IN POLK COUNTY.  RULES DO APPLY. In unincorporated Polk County, you may burn yard waste, which is any vegetative debris such as grass clippings, brush, leaves, tree limbs and palm fronds. The yard waste must fit in an eight-foot diameter pile or non-combustible container. The fire must be ignited after 9 a.m. and is to be extinguished one hour before sunset.

Piles greater than eight feet in diameter will require an authorization from the Florida Forest Service. It is illegal to burn household garbage (including paper products), treated lumber, plastics, rubber materials, tires, pesticides, paint, and aerosol containers.

Burning should take place at least 25 feet from your home, wildlands, brush or combustible structures; at least 50 feet away from paved public roads; and at least 150 feet away from other occupied buildings.

For more information, you may call 863-940-6701

Please place yard debris on the curb (NOT ON THE STREET) and it will be picked up as soon as crews are able to reach your area.

If you see illegal burning within City limits, you can report it to the City of Lakeland Emergency Communication Center's non-emergency line at 863-834-6900.


2) The City of Lakeland's Solid Waste pickup is back to its normal schedule with the exception of City brush claw truck pickups, as FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency has begun pickups for yard/storm debris and will be making rounds until all debris is cleared. 

Please visit lakelandgov.net/solidwaste for information and tips on how and where to place debris for pickup.


FEMA debris collectors will make THREE (3) passes to collect debris between September 18th and November 17th, 2017. With each pass, they will collect from the road's edge up to 10 feet into a property. Property owners must move debris into that same 10' for the second and third pass collections.

FEMA will NOT pick up anything further than 10' from the road's edge.

If you are unable to place large debris on the road because a tree, etc. was cut down and placed in your alley, our debris contractor will go in the alley. However, we do not have an exact timeline for these specific pickups yet.


3) North Central Landfill Disposal Fees Waived

Tipping fees (disposal fees) at the North Central Landfill for residential vegetative debris as a result of Hurricane Irma will be waived for 30 days, beginning today and extending through Oct. 18, 2017, unless otherwise extended.

 The landfill hours for accepting this material will be as follows:

- 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

- 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday

  • Residential vegetative debris will bypass the landfill scale and will be directed to a designated staging area at the west end of the Materials Recovery Facility. To be eligible for the tipping fee waiver program, the following criteria must be met:
  • Personal vehicles (cars/trucks)
  • Trailers not exceeding 8 feet x 16 feet
  • Vegetative debris only (branches, tree trunks, shrubs, etc.