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Hurricane Matthew debris pickup

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Here is information we have received regarding vegetative debris in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew:

Yard debris pick up will be on regular schedule next week for city trash customers. Here are tips for faster 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 8 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.
-Please do not mix non-organic items (roofing tiles, scrap lumber, rocks, etc.) with your yard waste.
-Yard waste is collected on the same day as regular trash. Items should be curbside no later than 7:30 a.m. on the day of collection.
-Yard waste should not be placed in the street and should not block water meters, fire hydrants, storm drains, or obstruct the view of motorists.
-Contracted work performed by tree service companies or independent contractors will not be collected by city crews; it is the responsibility of the contractor to remove and properly dispose of debris.

Wrightsville Beach

Please have all yard debris placed at the curb by 8:00 a.m. Monday, October 17, 2016. We will make only one pass through the entire community to collect storm-related yard debris. Please adhere to the following:
-Storm-related YARD DEBRIS ONLY - construction debris, white goods, and household items will not be collected.
-All debris must be brought to the curb - town employees will NOT remove from private property.
-Do not cover water meters. Do not block mailboxes or fire hydrants.
-Limbs must not be more than 8' in length and no more than 6" in diameter. No stumps.
-Keep loose yard waste such as pine straw, leaves, etc., in a separate pile.
-Do not mix non-organic such as shingles, scrap lumber, household goods, etc., with your yard waste. 
If you have any questions, please contact the Public Works Department at 910-256-7935.

Carolina Beach
Storm debris may include a combination of bundle and/or bags meeting these criteria: 1, bundles shall consist of limbs and shrubs no longer than four feet in length and no more than six inches in diameter; 2, only use paper bags; 3, bundles and bags should weight 50 pounds or less. All debris needs to be placed at the edge of the right of way of the road immediately. Pickups will continue until Friday, Oct. 21. For household debris removal, contact Town Hall to schedule a pick up at 910-458-2983 or 910-458-2999.  

New Hanover County 

New Hanover County will begin its free yard debris pick-up service on Monday, Oct. 17. Residents in the unincorporated areas of New Hanover County should have all vegetative debris by their curb beginning Monday. This enables residents to complete yard clean-up throughout the week and weekend.  (For more information click here)

An outdoor burning ban currently is in place for unincorporated areas of the county. The ban is in place until further notice.

Bladen County

Bladen County solid waste debris site will be open Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. and will be receiving vegetative debris, leaf and limb disposal only. Debris will be weighed at 1522 Mercer Mill Road and instructions on where to unload will be given.

Brunswick County

Brunswick County residents that live in a municipality should contact those officials for details regarding debris pickup. County officials said residents can take their debris to the county landfill, but there is a charge to do so. $22.50 per ton which works out to $1.95 per 100 pounds of debris.


Leland is not providing curb side debris pick up. The debris drop-off site is opening Monday, Oct. 10 until 4 p.m. It is located at 187 Old Lanavale Road. It will be open Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. You must have a valid Leland ID with a city limits address. No commercial dumping.

Holden Beach

Yard debris pickup will resume on Friday, Oct. 14. Yard debris must be secured in a biodegradable bag or bundled in a maximum length of five feet and 50 pounds in weight. A total of ten items will be picked up, which could include a combination of bundles of brush and limbs meeting the required length and weight and/ or biodegradable bags with grass clippings, leaves, etc. 

No pickups will be made on vacant lots or construction sites. Any additional yard debris that does not comply with these requirements will not be picked up.

Oak Island

Residents should gather disaster-related debris from their property move it to the nearest right-of-way (ROW) for collection. DO NOT include brown and white goods from your home in this collection – the Town will only pick up storm-related debris. This pickup is for materials already removed by Hurricane Matthew – the Town will not pick up construction debris form post-storm work done to houses/decks/walkways, etc. If debris is not separated we cannot pick it up. Each Type of material will need to be placed in separate piles. Place construction debris in a pile and yard debris in a separate pile. Yard debris will still need to be separated into leaves in one pile and limbs in another -- just follow our normal yard debris requirements, posted on our website here.

Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach's roadside placement and collection of debris has been expanded to include damaged electronics, large appliances, hazardous waste, vegetative debris, construction debris and household garbage. A diagram of the materials placement can be picked up at Town Hall or online here. Sunset Beach has relaxed the length of time debris may be placed in the public right-of-way.

Pender County 

Running Deer Landfill, located at 7200 NC Hwy 210, north of Hampstead, will accept yard debris from Hurricane Matthew. The landfill will not charge Pender County homeowners. This service is for homeowners only. Contractors are not eligible for free drop-off. Do not leave your yard debris on the state right-of-way

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