WILMINGTON — Residents anxious to get rid of storm debris in New Hanover County won’t have to wait much longer as residential debris collection starts Monday.
“Debris collection in unincorporated areas of New Hanover County will begin Monday, September 24, beginning with county parks and schools, then moving to unincorporated areas. Crews will make no less than two passes over the county to ensure debris is cleared as timely as possible,” according to a press release.
The City of Wilmington, as well as Carolina, Kure, and Wrightsville beaches are each coordinating debris collection for their residents, and can be contacted directly for information.
When cleaning and clearing debris, residents are asked to follow these guidelines:
- Separate vegetative debris (branches, leaves, etc.) from construction and demolition debris (tile, carpet, drywall, etc.)
- Do not place debris in bags
- Pile smaller pieces of debris on top of larger pieces
- Debris should be in pieces no larger than 12 feet in length
- Place piles at least three feet from mailboxes, utility meters, sign posts, and hydrants
- Place piles no further than five feet from the road
- Do not place debris piles directly under power lines
- Try to consolidate piles with neighbors
“We will have 40 crews including contractors working hard, and we are glad to be part of this next step of recovery from Hurricane Florence,” Environmental Management Director Joe Suleyman said in the release. “Following these guidelines will result in the efficient pick-up of debris in the coming days.”
The New Hanover County Landfill will only take vegetative debris from contractors with FEMA monitoring while debris pick-up efforts are underway. Residents and other contractors can drop off vegetative debris at two locations beginning Monday
- Ogden Park baseball field parking lot: 615 Ogden Park Dr., Wilmington
- Veteran’s Park adjacent to Ashley High School next to the retention pond: 835 Halyburton Memorial Pkwy., Wilmington
“Gated communities must provide permission to enter or a gate code to Environmental Management by emailing JSuleyman@nhcgov.com. Private roads will be serviced as long as a large truck can enter and have space to turn around to exit. Those who live on small private roads are asked to consolidate debris piles with neighbors at the front of the road,” according to the release.
For information about how to dispose of additional debris, visit the Department of Environmental Management’s website or call 910-798-4400 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on weekdays.