Update Sept. 10: This article has been updated to include debris accommodations for Leland residents.
SOUTHEAST N.C. — After a brush with potential disaster Hurricane Dorian last week, there was still some damage to trees and homes in the area.
But unlike Florence, which led to more than 1.2 million cubic yards of vegetative debris needing to be picked up in New Hanover County alone, none of the three counties in the region are opting for debris removal services this time.
New Hanover County
The City of Wilmington: The City of Wilmington issued the following statement.
“Vegetative debris will be collected as part of customer’s regular service. The city will not engage the services of a contracted debris hauler such as occurred last year after Florence. Please have yard debris at the curb on your regular collection day starting on Monday 9/9. All city yard debris requirements remain in effect. Crews can collect up to 7 cubic yards per week on your normal pick-up day.
Unincorporated New Hanover County: “Due to the small amount of debris as a result of Hurricane Dorian, county-wide debris collection will not take place. Residents can bring debris to the landfill (hours of operation can be found here) as they typically do with regular yard and home maintenance. There is no burn ban in place, so residents in the unincorporated area can also safely burn debris if needed. Learn more about the county’s emergency response and any recovery efforts at EmergencyNHC.com,” according to the county.
Brunswick County has extended its free dump week to a two week period to accommodate debris removal efforts.
Hurricane debris, damaged items, or other disposable items can be dropped off free beginning Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Brunswick County Landfill in Bolivia. The free dump week will extend through Saturday, Sept. 21. All materials can be disposed of at the landfill except hazardous waste during the free dump week. The county’s landfill is open Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. and on Sunday until 3 p.m.
The Town of Leland announced Tuesday it would extend the hours of its vegetative debris drop-off site. Located at 187 Old Lanvale Road, Leland’s debris drop-off site will be open Wednesday, Sept. 11 and Saturday, Sept. 14 between 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Leland’s debris drop-off site is open to residents only — not contractors or landscapers. Residents will be asked to display proof of residency upon arrival. Normal operating hours at the site are Wednesdays and Saturdays between 8 a.m. and noon.
Pender County also issued a statement regarding debris disposal as they will not be providing any additional resources for residents.
“Residents have several options to dispose of small limbs and leaves. Items may be composted or burned according to state regulations. Items may be deposited on private sites for a fee. Centrally located is Running Deer Landfill, 7390 NC Hwy 210, Rocky Point, is open to the public for a fee. Contact Running Deer Landfill at 910-604-3523,” according to the county statement.