In preparation for hurricane season, the City of Boca Raton’s Sanitation Department is offering a special bulk and vegetation pick up program for all customers within City limits. The Clean and Cut Program encourages residents to be proactive before hurricane season and start by “cleaning” garages and storage areas and “cutting” and pruning trees and shrubs. The free additional pick ups will begin in June and will take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays depending on the customer’s route.
According to Dan Grippo, Municipal Services Director, this special program was created as a direct result of the sanitation challenges the City had before Hurricane Irma last year. “Once Irma was headed our way, residents began cleaning out garages and trimming trees to secure their properties. The sheer volume of debris just overwhelmed the system. It got to the point where we couldn’t pick up because we had nowhere to dump the debris. Residents were frustrated, and we knew we had to help get them prepared earlier this year.”
Residents can avoid damage to their property by cleaning out garages, carports and sheds to make room for cars, patio furniture, planters and basketball hoops, all of which can cause property damage if left unsecured during high winds. Additionally, now is the time to cut and prune trees to avoid utility outages, flooding and property damages. Proper pruning of trees helps dissipate the wind load and may prevent trees from falling or losing large branches.
The Clean & Cut program is just one way the City of Boca Raton is helping residents prepare for hurricane season. Additional resources are available on the City’s website, including a list of important phone numbers, tree pruning guidelines and opportunities to sign up for notifications and alerts.
Residents can view their extra pick up days and additional hurricane preparedness information such as list of acceptable bulk items and proper pruning protocol through the City’s website at www.MyBoca.us/BePrepared.
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