sanford, florida – More trucks are being added to the Seminole County fleet as storm debris clearing continues in central Florida. As of Friday, there are 86 trucks driving around the neighborhood picking up storm debris. Next week, the county hopes to add more.
Now the team is picking up storm debris first, then furniture, mattresses and housing materials. With about half a million cubic yards of debris spread across Seminole County, it could take time to clear it all. To speed up the process, the crew say plastic bag shards can slow them down.
“Heavy plastic bags tend to get tangled in grinders and accumulate,” said Hector Valle, Solid Waste Division Manager for Seminole County.
If they get stuck, the crew will have to stop the machine, which can slow down the process. He said he had seen a lot of rubble piled up under a tree.
Valle is also helpful when residents put small debris into large bundles so that claw trucks can pick them up. Small piles of debris must wait until the crew can physically pick them up.
For some residents who don’t want to wait, the county said storm debris can be taken to landfills.