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Posted on: August 30, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Important FEMA debris removal requirements for Hurricane Harvey cleanup


Important FEMA debris removal requirements. Republic Waste will not pick up any trash that does not comply with this diagram.

Republic Waste has sustained damage at their facility as a result of Hurricane Harvey and the landfill is not accessible at this time. They will not be collecting trash today or tomorrow, but they are working hard to resume normal operations beginning Friday, September 1st. Please stay tuned for updates. When they do resume residential trash services, Republic will only pick up household garbage from trash carts. 

Citizens of La Marque have begun Hurricane Harvey clean up and there are important FEMA debris removal requirements. Do not place debris near any fence, mailbox, downed electrical wiring, water meters, fire hydrants, transformers or under low power lines. Do not block or obstruct water flowing into storm drains. Debris should not block roadway. Republic Waste will not pick up storm debris. A FEMA-approved contractor will be responsible for all trash debris. Hurricane debris pick up will begin as soon as possible. 

Any refrigerator, freezer, air conditioner or any appliance with coolant has to tagged BEFORE it will picked up. Any licensed plumber or HVAC professional can tag these appliances. 

Debris needs to be separated into six categories:

  • Household trash goes inside trash carts
  • Construction debris includes building materials, drywall, carpet, furniture, etc.
  • Vegetation debris including tree branches, leaves, logs and plants
  • Hazardous waste including oil, batteries, paint, cleaning supplies, etc.
  • Large appliances including refrigerators, washer/dryer, dishwasher, air conditioners, etc.
  • Electronics including televisions, computers, phones, stereo



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