County opens recycling centers extra hours, offers debris removal tips

  • Sunday, February 16, 2014

Recycling centers all over the area began filling up with yard debris over the weekend

The Georgetown County Landfill and all community recycling centers will be open for regular hours on Monday. These facilities were scheduled to be closed in observance of Presidents Day. The decision to open was made to accommodate large volumes of storm debris coming in across the county following the winter storm.

As residents throughout Georgetown County continue cleaning up around their homes and businesses, Midway Fire Rescue encourages the use of proper safety precautions.

Fire officials advise taking fallen limbs and any vegetative debris to the county’s landfill on Highway 51 or one of the community recycling centers located throughout the county. But they know some residents will choose to burn their debris. The following safety tips are recommended:

• Before burning yard waste in any of the unincorporated areas of Georgetown

County, call the S.C. Forestry Commission Burn Request Hotline at 1-800-896-


• Someone must remain with the fire once it is ignited until it is completely extinguished.

• Make sure the fire is completely extinguished before nightfall.

• Have some means readily available and accessible to extinguish and/or control the fire if it gets out of hand (i.e. water hose, water in a bucket, dirt, sand or a rake and

a shovel).

• Maintain small manageable piles. This makes it easier to control the fire and makes it less likely to get out of control. Make sure you have a proper firebreak around the fire area and don’t ignite a yard debris fire less than 25-50 feet from a combustible structure.

• If the fire becomes uncontrollable, call 911 immediately.

• Be careful while wearing loose-fitting clothing around a fire, as clothing may ignite.

If your clothing catches fire, stop, drop and roll.

Annually, more than 40 percent of wildland fires in South Carolina are started by people burning yard debris. If this happens, the person whose burn started the fire is responsible and could be fined. If a wildland fire started by a yard debris burn damages property, that person could be liable.

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