Several temporary sites have been set up in southeastern North Carolina to accept debris associated with Hurricane Matthew.
Under the direction of Governor Pat McCrory, the state environmental department is working with local governments to establish these locations where storm debris can be temporarily stored and processed.
Temporary debris sites are needed to speed up the cleanup process that would otherwise take much longer if all the debris had to be hauled to a landfill.
“We learned from the damage left by Hurricane Floyd 17 years ago that we had to be better prepared for a storm of this magnitude,” said Donald R. van der Vaart, secretary of the state environmental department. “Knowing that we would need dozens more places to handle storm debris, we were prepared to get these facilities online quickly to speed up the cleaning and rebuilding of these communities.”
As of Tuesday morning, environmental staff had activated 58 temporary debris staging and storage sites throughout the eastern part of the state. Many of those sites have already been accepting waste for several days. However, citizens are encouraged to follow local rules on debris cleanup.
Here is a list of the sites around southeastern North Carolina, as of Tuesday morning:
Bladen County DDS - located in Elizabethtown on Aviation Parkway
Taylor Field - located in Southport on Nash Street
Timber Creek - located on Bald Head Island on Timber Creek Lane
Ocean Isle WWTP - located in Ocean Isle Beach at Yarborough Street and Ocean Isle Beach Road
Scotch Bonnet Drive site - located in Holden Beach on Scotch Bonnet Drive
Holden Beach East - located in Holden Beach on Ocean Boulevard East
RLR, Inc. TDMS - located west of Chadbourn at 799 Grist Road
Columbus Env. Waste Col. - located in Whiteville on Antioch Church Road
Columbus Env. Waste Col. - located in Whiteville on Hwy 701
Whiteville Mill Street - located in Whiteville in the 300 block of Mill Street
New Hanover County
Dow Road Primary Debris Site - located in Carolina Beach off Clarendon Avenue
NHC Landfill Southern Property - located in Wilmington at the county landfill off US 421 North
Market Street/Military Cutoff - located in Wilmington at 6981 Market Street and Military Cutoff Road
Approved sites can be used for staging yard waste, land clearing or demolition debris. Some communities will also use wood chippers at the sites to break down trees, branches and other vegetative debris, or devices to safely burn vegetative debris. Debris temporarily stored at the sites must be hauled to a final disposal location or recycled before the site’s six-month activation period expires.
Before a site can be activated, state environmental and cultural officials must approve the location and ensure that any waste will not harm the environment or any historical features. Sites must also comply with other state and federal laws. The management of debris at these sites help local governments in the federal reimbursement process.