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Storm debris pick up schedules and drop-off locations

A family loads up yard debris after the storm last week. A family loads up yard debris after the storm last week.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Now that the storm has passed, everyone wants to know what to do with their yard debris.


Vegetative debris will be picked up from the road side on Monday, March 3 for residents that live within the incorporated limits of the Town of Belville and non-Federal Highway Administration public rights-of-way.

The debris is scheduled to be picked up in one pass, so residents are asked to have vegetative debris to the road side by Sunday, March 2. For more information call Town Hall at 910-371-2456.


The Town of Leland will be opening a debris drop-off site at 187 Old Lanvale Road from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. this Friday, February 14 and Saturday, February 15 for its residents.

Curbside pick-up will not be offered.

City and county workers have been out cleaning up fallen debris and Duke Energy Progress crews have been working around the clock to restore power. But for some of the more rural areas, many folks are on their own. However, that didn't stop one family in Leland from rolling up their sleeves and getting the job done themselves.

David Cook and Dean Rathburn have been friends for years. On Thursday, they came together to clear a massive tree from Rathburn's yard – just the beginning of a long clean-up effort. There is so much work to do, they've even brought in re-enforcements to help get it done quicker. Rathburn's 12-year-old son, Joshua pitched in to do his part. Rathburn says this type of work is a lesson that his son will never learn in school.

"A lot of kids don't get this training. When I was coming up you lived off the land," said Rathburn. "Now, kids don't get that training but now when he gets a family he'll be set."

Cook and Rathburn say their job isn't done after today. They plan to spend the weekend cleaning debris from their neighbors' yards as well.

New Hanover County residents

Officials with New Hanover County have announced their plans to remove debris throughout the county.

According to Joe Suleyman, Environmental Services Director for the county, this plan will start with NHC schools and parks. After the county picks up the storm debris from these areas, they will move onto the areas of the county that were hit hardest by the storm.

The county will begin to pick up debris in the northeast part of the county Monday and work west. Specific information is available on the county website through digitized maps: www.nhcgov.com. Mobile users click here: http://bit.ly/1cmS4zV

The map is divided into "zones", and each zone is color coded by status. Residents may select their zone to obtain their specific service date and contact information.

Collection crews will be removing any hanging limbs or split/leaning limbs that are over the right-of-way. To ensure all storm debris is collected, crews will be working from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (Sunday through Saturday) and will be making two passes over a week apart. Residents are asked to exercise extreme caution when driving around collection crews.

County officials estimate the project to cost about $300 thousand, but believe the total will grow as they move through the pick-up schedule.

New Hanover County hired outside contractors to assist in the project and they estimate it will take between 21 and 30 days to pick up the debris.

Pender County residents

There are two drop-off locations available for storm debris in Pender County that will collect debris through March 15:

  • U.S. Highway 17, just north of Hampstead, next to Topsail Greens Drive. Open from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • The Rocky Point Convenience Center on NC 210, next to Chesire Road. Open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., but closed on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Only vegetative debris (trees, branches, bushes) damaged by the most recent ice storm, and that comes from Pender County will be accepted at these sites. Debris not from Pender County or not related to the winter storm damage will not be accepted.

Private contractors collecting vegetative storm debris within Pender County will be able to use the sites to empty their loads. Residents of townships within Pender County who do not have a slide waste sticker must be able to show proof of residency or ownership.

Construction and Demolition (C&D) debris from the storm will not be accepted at the US 17 debris site.  Small pickup truck size loads of C&D can be taken by property owners to the Willard, Burgaw and Rocky Point convenience sites with valid Pender County Solid Waste Stickers without charge.  Large loads of C&D debris may be taken to the county transfer station in Hampstead for disposal.  The fee is $74 per ton.

Anyone needing assistance with their debris in Pender County can call the hotline number at 910-259-0126.


City of Shallotte crews will begin picking up storm debris starting Monday Feb. 24. Shallotte residents are asked to move storm debris to the street right-of-way by Feb. 24. This pick up is limited to citizens and business owners within the city limits of Shallotte only.

The city is asking residents to try and keep limbs shorter than 6 feet in length and make debris accessible from the right-of-way. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Town Hall at (910) 754-4032.  Or visit the website at www.townofshallotte.org.

The storm debris pick-up service will last from Mon., Feb. 24 to Fri, March 14.

City of Whiteville

In Whiteville crews will begin working to pick up waste as soon as Friday. The schedule is as follows:

  • Solid Waste/Trash removal remains on schedule Mondays & Tuesdays through Waste Management
  • Recycling normally scheduled for February 12th will be removed from curbsides on Saturday, February 15th through Waste Management
  • Leaf and Limb normally removed from curbsides in 4 x 4 lengths does remain on schedule for Friday, February 14th through Waste Management
  • Storm debris: City employees will be provide special vegetative removal operations from the curbside over the next two to three weeks; citizens desiring this assistance must place vegetation, limbs or fallen trees at the curbside

If you have any questions regarding the above services call Public Works at (910) 642-3422. The City of Whiteville City Hall and Facilities will reopen for near normal operations on February 14, 2014. 

Wilmington residents

Wilmington City Council members will consider during their meeting Tuesday to designate about $800 thousand from the city's savings account to pay an Alabama company to help pick up the debris.

Extra city crews have already been working to clear debris since last week, but even with the extra crews only about 1,200 cubic tons of an estimated 50,000 cubic yards from the storm have been picked up so far.

According to the City of Wilmington, 50,000 cubic yards of debris would fill up to eight football fields.

If council approves to pay to bring in extra help, city officials estimate it would take about 5-6 weeks to clear the debris citywide whereas it would take 17 weeks if only using city crews.

Residential trash, recycling and yard waste pick-up in Wilmington

Trash and recycling pickup routes will run on a regular schedule this week. Yard waste is not likely to be picked up on regular schedule until more debris is cleared from roadsides, so customers are asked to leave their yard waste out until crews can get to it.

It will take time for crews to collect all the debris from this ice storm. The city appreciates the cooperation and patience of our citizens.

Tips for yard debris pick up

•Do not burn yard debris.

•Place small debris such as leaves, pinecones, etc. in containers or bags.

•Do not blow leaves and other debris into streets or storm drains – the debris eventually reaches storm drains, causing flooding in low-lying areas during heavy rains.

•Do not place debris near mailboxes, fire hydrants, telephone and utility equipment, sewer clean-outs, water meters, drainage ditches, or storms sewers. Do not block public roadways or drivers' vision with debris.

•Do not mix vegetative debris (limbs, leaves, etc.) with household storm debris (appliances, tires, fences, lumber, furniture, shingles, construction debris, etc.).

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