Posted September 5, 2019 | 2:23 PM

Don’t Throw Your Sandbags Away …Yet

Hurricane season extends to November 30

Did you receive sandbags handed out by Hillsborough County during Hurricane Dorian preparations?

Don’t get rid of them just yet.

Hurricane season doesn’t end until Nov. 30. And with several tropical systems forming, it’s a good idea to stay prepared.

Unused sandbags, or sandbags that have only come into contact with precipitation, can be stored and re-used. However sandbags that have come into contact with floodwater should not be re-used.

 If you plan to re-use your sandbags be sure to store them in a dry place.

When hurricane season is over, make sure to dispose of them properly. Do not save them for next season. The bags are not designed for long-term use, and they will deteriorate over time.

You can dispose of sandbags by dumping the sand in your yard (not in a drain) and throwing the remaining bag in the trash. Starting November 1, residents can dispose of their sandbags, at no charge, at any of the 5 Community Collection Centers located throughout Hillsborough County.

For more information contact the Solid Waste Division at 813-272-5680.

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