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Debris removal: Gainesville trims regulations to expedite Zeta cleanup

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (Oct. 30, 2020) – With efforts underway to clean up debris and damage left in Hurricane Zeta’s wake, the City of Gainesville has made it easier for residents to dispose of tree limbs and cuttings.

Effective immediately, the city has made the following modifications to its regulations surrounding debris removal:

• Removed the volume limitation on curbside limbs and cuttings. Debris must be 5 feet or less in length and weigh less than 50 pounds;

• Removed the special fee on excessive volume. This applies to vegetative debris only;

• Removed the restriction on accepting debris from commercial tree-trimming operations. However, if a resident hires someone to cut up the debris, the city encourages them to have the company remove the debris to help expedite clean-up efforts throughout the city.

Limbs and cuttings may not be mixed with other debris such as roofing tiles, fencing materials or other items damaged during the storm.

Residents are reminded that storm debris should be placed behind the curb and not on fire hydrants or other yard plantings.

Due to volume, all debris may not be removed from a residence at one time. The city requests residents be patient during this process and understand removal may take several weeks.

The modifications outlined above will remain in effect until Monday, Nov. 30. Starting Tuesday, Dec. 1, regular fees and restrictions will apply.