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Cleanup crews heading into unincorporated Pinellas

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Crews started heading out into unincorporated Pinellas County Monday to get cracking on picking up the trees, branches and other debris downed by Hurricane Irma.

Public works crews have made it through most of the cleanup on roads in the county and neighborhoods are next on the list for curbside debris pickup.

The county published an interactive map on their website which breaks Pinellas up into 30 zones and shows where the contracted crews are heading. Residents who live in a municipality will need to reach out to their town or city government for debris pickup information.

North county zones INON03, INON05 and INON06 as well as south county zones INSE07, INSE08 and INSE09 are the first up, and crews will spend about two weeks on the initial debris collection in those zones.

Contractors will hit the streets in the remaining zones for two weeks per set, before doubling back on each of the zones as needed until everything has been cleared.

Residents can help the crews move faster through the cleanup process by sorting the debris into separate piles on the curb.

Construction debris, including shingles, siding, drywall, lumber, carpet and furniture should sorted into their own piles, while fallen trees, branches and logs should be placed in grouped separately.

The County also said residents can make the process easier by not stacking debris against trees, poles or storm drains, and by making sure all piles are no more than 10 feet back from the Curb.

The crews will not pick up loose piles of leaves, which should be disposed of in yard trash bags placed curbside on residents’ regular trash pickup day.

Pinellas County Public Works can be reached at 727-464-8900 to answer questions or provide more information.

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Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for SaintPetersBlog and FloridaPolitics.com. While at the University of Florida, Wilson was an editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and after graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to cover business deals for The Hollywood Reporter. Before joining Extensive Enterprises, Wilson covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools.

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