Hurricane Debris Cleanup to Begin After Storm Passes

Irene #045 – 7 p.m.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

The City of Virginia Beach will begin cleaning up from Hurricane Irene immediately after the storm.   City crews, with contractor assistance, will clear road and remove and dispose of debris.  


Some city streets and highways may be impassable. Restoring ingress and egress for public safety vehicles and other vehicles will be a priority.  Residents are encouraged to stay off the roads until they have been cleared.


Please exercise extreme caution, as storm cleanup activities can be very dangerous.  Assume that downed power lines are live.

With the unusually large amount of debris expected, it is important that residents be aware of the following:   

  • Tree debris should be placed curbside.  Normal regulations regarding pile size, diameter, and length are temporarily suspended.  Material will be collected by contractors using heavy equipment, so do not mix plastic bags with the woody debris at the curb
  • Clear plastic bags of loose yard debris may be placed curbside, but again, must be separately located from woody debris piles.  Residents are encouraged to delay placing bagged material by the curb for collection until after woody debris has been collected.  There is a maximum limit of 25 pounds per bag.
  • Construction debris, such as lumber, siding, roofing, etc. must be handled by private contractor or resident and will not be collected by the City.
  • Furniture and appliances damaged by the storm will be collected curbside.  A bulky item request is required.  Routine requests, however, are temporarily suspended so that crews can accommodate storm damage as a first priority.
  • Household hazardous waste, such as oil, gasoline, and solvents can be taken to the Household Hazardous Waste drop off facility located at the Virginia Beach Landfill, 1989 Jake Sears Road, off Centerville Turnpike, between 7 am and 4:30 pm Monday through Saturday.
  • At this time, normal City garbage and recycling collections (black and blue carts) are scheduled to resume Tuesday, August 30, and will follow normal waste collection schedules as much as possible.

For questions or additional information, please contact Waste Management at 757-385-4650, or go to our website at: