Hurricane debris removal to begin in Georgetown County

Hurricane debris removal to begin in Georgetown County
Source: Georgetown County

GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew and associated river flooding in Georgetown County, the county has contracted with the S.C. Department of Transportation for removal of hurricane-related debris.

Curbside pickup of hurricane-related debris will be available on public roadways in unincorporated areas of the county that were impacted by flooding. Collection is expected to begin Monday.

Debris must be separated into the following six categories for curbside pickup:

  • electronics
  • large appliances
  • household hazardous waste
  • vegetative debris
  • construction debris
  • and household garbage

For debris to be picked up, it must be separated into the categories and must be unbagged (with the exception of waste in the household garbage category, which should be bagged). Other than household garbage, only loose debris will be collected.

Residents should not place debris near a water meter vault, fire hydrant or any other above-ground utility, and should avoid placing it directly under power lines.

Curbside pickup will not be available on private streets.

Only hurricane-related debris will be picked up. Large quantities of shingles and other roofing materials from re-roofing jobs will not be collected and must be disposed of via normal procedures.

SCDOT's contractors will prioritize debris removal based on which areas can be accessed safely for debris removal operations. In some areas, floodwater and blocked roadways still prevent contractors from reaching debris.

Residents are asked to place any hurricane-related debris they would like removed in the public right-of-way.

Residents should not place debris out if they have, or will, receive insurance funding to privately dispose of household debris covered by their insurance policy. SCDOT will only collect hurricane-related debris for which residents are not receiving insurance funding for private disposal.

Contractors will make multiple passes through impacted areas. If residents cannot safely set out debris at this time, or if contractors cannot safely enter submerged or blocked areas, additional debris removal passes will be scheduled.

For more information, call (843) 545-3999 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

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