Sunday is final day for contractors to drop off storm debris

  • Friday, March 14, 2014

As Georgetown County enters the final stages of debris removal following Winter Storm Pax, its community recycling convenience centers are preparing to return to normal operations on Monday, March 17.

The final day for commercial haulers and contractors to drop off storm debris at convenience centers will be Sunday, March 16. After that, they will be required to take debris to the landfill on Highway 51. Fees at the landfill will continue to be waived for storm-related debris, but normal disposal fees will apply for non-storm-related debris. Residents will be able to continue taking yard debris to community convenience centers, but the normal limit of one load per day will be back in place.

A full month after Winter Storm Pax, the county’s debris removal contractors are still working to pick up debris and tree limbs from the roadside and continue to remove hazardous limbs left hanging or leaning in trees. Residents throughout the county who have storm-related vegetative debris they want picked up by county government are asked to put that debris in the public right-of- way immediately. Contractors are working their way throughout the county this week to pick up debris from the right-of-way. The public right-of-way is the area of residential property that extends from the street to the sidewalk, ditch, utility pole or easement. This does not include private drives.

About 47,000 cubic yards and 950 loads of storm-related debris have already been collected. It is estimated that about 15,000 cubic yards of debris remain to be collected. Right-of-way collection is estimated to be about 80 percent complete on the Waccamaw Neck and halfway done in the northwestern areas of Georgetown County.

Only storm-related vegetative yard debris should be placed in the right-of-way. Georgetown County debris removal contractors will remove only storm-generated vegetative debris. Those who place other types of debris in the right-of-way could be cited. Bagged debris should not be placed on the public right-of-way; only loose vegetative yard waste will be collected. Do not place debris near mailboxes, water meters, fire hydrants or any other above-ground utility.

For more information about debris removal, call (843) 545-3999 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit www.gtcounty.org.

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