Hurricane Harvey

City Has Cleaned Up About 20 Percent Of Debris Caused By Harvey

Solid Waste Management Department says one million cubic yards have been removed.


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The City of Houston has completed its first pass to clean up Harvey debris.

The debris clean up started on August 30th and the Solid Waste Management Department says crews have removed one million cubic yards, including furniture, carpet, appliances and sheetrock.

That is approximately 20 percent of the Harvey-related debris.

The City’s plan is to do three clean-up citywide passes overall and, with the first one completed, the next one will take up to 60 days and should end by December 1st.

"We’re gonna be slow and deliberate because we think there’s still a sizable debris field that folks have not brought to the curb," noted Harry Hayes, director of the Solid Waste Management Department, after the weekly meeting of the City Council.

The City is asking residents to put their debris on the curb separating normal household trash from tree branches and leaves, as well as from construction and demolition materials.

Resuming curbside recycling is also part of things getting back to normal after the storm and Mayor Sylvester Turner says he would like to re-start those operations in the first week of November.

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