New Hanover County, City of Wilmington picking up yard debris from Hurricane Matthew

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New Hanover County and the City of Wilmington is collecting yard debris from Hurricane Matthew. (File photo)
New Hanover County and the City of Wilmington is collecting yard debris from Hurricane Matthew. (Photo by Christina  Haley)

New Hanover County and city residents should have their debris from Hurricane Matthew placed at the curbside for pickup.

On Sunday, New Hanover County announced it would begin removing yard vegetative debris, such as branches and vines, from residents’ yards. Residents are asked to place debris within 5 feet of the curbside, away from the street and drainage ditches. The debris should also be kept at least 3 feet away from fire hydrants, street signs, mailboxes and parked cars.

Storm debris should not be bagged and larger branches should be cut into lengths no more than 12 feet. Residents are asked not to include household waste or construction debris; the county will not pick those items up.

All other waste – including construction debris – can be taken to the New Hanover County Landfill, 5210 U.S. Highway 421 North, during regular business hours. The landfill is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to noon.

Notice on county burning ban : Due to Hurricane Matthew and the amount of debris that the storm has generated, the county along with New Hanover County Fire Rescue has issued a ban on all outdoor burning in the unincorporated areas of New Hanover County. The ban is in effect immediately and will remain in place until further notice.

Many items can be disposed of at the landfill free of charge for homeowners, according to the county.

For more information on how to dispose of additional debris, visit the Department of Environmental Management’s website or call 910-798-4400, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

City of Wilmington

In Wilmington, yard debris pick up will be on regular schedule next week for city trash customers. Here are tips offered by the city to help speed up debris pick-up:
  • Limbs must be no more than 4 feet in length and 6 inches in diameter.
  • City trash customers can set out up to 7 cubic yards of yard waste for pick up at one time. This is equal to a pile approximately 5-feet wide, 11-feet long and 3½-feet high – about the same size as eight large size garbage or recycling carts. If volume exceeds this amount, it will not be picked up next week.
  • All loose yard waste (grass clippings, pine straw, vines, pine cones and leaves) should be in a bag or container.
  • Do not mix non-organic items (roofing tiles, scrap lumber, rocks, etc.) with yard waste.

The city asks residents to be patient in times when storms generate large volumes of debris. Visit the City of Wilmington’s website for additional information about yard waste collection or find other tips by clicking here.