Flood & Storm Debris Removal FAQ

Texas Disposal Systems (TDS) knows that cleaning up wreckage from a natural disaster is a challenging task. Debris caused by a tornado, flood, hurricane, or fire can mean unconventional sizes and materials, and challenges on how to properly dispose of the wreckage.

TDS is fully equipped to assist in your natural disaster recovery and cleanup.  Contact a Disaster Recovery Specialist at (800) 375-8375 or customercare@texasdisposal.com.

Please see some of our most frequently asked questions below:

  • Does TDS still collect household and commercial waste after major storms or disasters?

    As long as conditions are safe and landfills are open, TDS will collect waste from households and commercial accounts. TDS will notify residents and account holders through social media announcements and Waste Wizard notifications on whether services will be canceled or delayed. TDS Customer Care can also confirm delays or cancellations at (800) 375-8375 or customercare@texasdisposal.com.

  • My trash date was missed due to storm conditions. What do I do next?

    If your scheduled trash date was missed due to inclement weather, please contact Customer Care at (800) 375-8375 or at customercare@texasdisposal.com to see when your next pickup will be. Depending on your municipality, there are policies in place for placing additional bags or containers out for trash collection. Please confirm your specific policy with Customer Care.

  • Are there items that cannot be picked up?

    TDS cannot accept hazardous items, such as paint, chemicals or bulk liquids. Please see our list of accepted items or consult our Waste Wizard to determine if your items are acceptable for pickup.

    TDS also will not pick up items curbside such as carpet, concrete, wet sheetrock or other similar materials. These items will need to be placed in roll-off containers or dropped off at TDS locations for landfilling.

  • Can damaged structural items be picked up via curbside collection, such as wet sheetrock, carpet, insulation or shingles?

    No. For damaged sheetrock, carpet, insulation, and other related items, please dispose of those items in a roll-off container. These items will not be picked up with regular collection.

  • Are any items too large for pickup, such as fence sections, large tree limbs or other large waste?

    Any individual item or collection of items larger than 3 cubic yards (about the size of a washer and dryer side-by-side, for example) is too large for pickup. These items will have to be hauled to a TDS facility or placed into a roll-off container. Several cities are coordinating drop off locations and these will be posted asap.

    Compactible Items

    Standard household trash, such as paper, plastic, fabric, and yard waste are compactible. Guidelines for bulky disposal of compactible items are as follows:

    One cubic yard is seven or three cubic yards is 21 of the following:

    • 30 Gallon Trash Bags
    • Medium Boxes
    • Bundles of Tree Limbs

    Bundles must be less than 4 feet long and secured with twine, rope, or duct tape.

    Each item must weigh 30 pounds or less.

  • Can I schedule debris removal from my home? Are there additional pickup days for debris?

    Debris removal can be scheduled through Customer Care at (800) 375-8375 or via email at customercare@texasdisposal.com. Community debris removal is varied and subject to municipal organization – please check with your local authorities for clean-up days or other special bulky pick-up scheduling.

  • If I am utilizing curbside pickup, where should the debris be placed?

    If your acceptable debris is under three cubic yards and scheduled for a pickup, it should be bundled neatly and placed on the curb.

  • Do customers need to separate debris into different categories? If so, what are the categories?

    Debris does not need to be placed into categories. However, it should be bundled neatly together if being placed for curbside collection.

  • Can my debris be dropped off somewhere?

    Debris can be dropped off at our transfer stations or our Citizen’s Convenience Center in southeast Travis County, just outside of Austin. Fees will apply, prices are varied. Please contact Customer Care for current rates. TDS is currently working with cities to coordinate community drop off locations, more information to come asap.

  • Will FEMA remove any debris?

    FEMA will only remove debris if it is on public property (such as highways or public lands) and is defined as an essential emergency. Most debris on private property, such as homes, businesses or ranches, is not eligible for FEMA removal. More information about FEMA removal can be found here.