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FIRST ON 3: New Hanover Co. catching grief for not cleaning up debris; May change mind (UPDATED @ 5:15 pm)

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(New Hanover County)--The following is the latest information concerning hurricane debris collection in New Hanover County. Municipal residents should follow instructions from the city of Wilmington, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach or Wrightsville Beach.

There is no decision whether the county will activate it’s debris removal contract. New Hanover County is awaiting word whether the county will receive payment from FEMA to cover the cost of countywide debris pick up.

The cost to New Hanover County government could be as high as $500,000. In the interim, unincorporated county residents can call their trash hauler to make arrangements for debris pick up, or they may choose from one of four private companies accepting yard debris at a fee:

•Seaside Mulch, 201 North Green Meadows Drive
•Wilmington Materials, US 421 North
•Blue Horizon, 2869 North Kerr Ave
•Diversified Biomass, 606 Sunnyvale Drive (Commissioner Jason Thompson runs this company)

Companies charge $20-$30 per pickup truck load.

New Hanover County is continuing to conduct damage and debris assessments.

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Irene has come and gone, but the mess remains. For thousands in the Cape Fear it's now clean-up time, but what are you suppose to do with all that debris?

New Hanover County at first said it's up to residents to get rid of their debris. Now the county says it has not decided what to do.

A common sight in neighborhoods all over the viewing area: piles of debris laying in front of homes. Getting rid of all this can be a challenge for some. It just all depends on where you live.

"I've got my wife here cleaning up right now," Alex Robbins said.

Robbins and his wife Barbara were busy Monday morning picking up limbs, branches, anything left behind by the storm.

"Everything has been fairly small," he said. "Nothing has fallen on any structures, so we've been very lucky."

The Robbins' big concern, just like thousands in the Cape Fear, is who will pick the debris up and when?

"If you're a customer in the city limits and you get city trash service, then we pick up your trash once a week, your recycling once a week and your yard waste once a week," City of Wilmington spokeswoman Malissa Talbert said. "There's no additional charge for that"

The City of Wilmington will have extra staff picking up debris. Residents can expect it to be picked up on their scheduled trash day, but the city says it could take crews a day or two longer.

The city asks residents to place small debris, like leaves and pine cones, in containers or bags. Limbs may be no longer than four feet and no larger than six inches in diameter. And the big no-no: don't mix plant debris with household debris, like appliances and furniture. No construction trash either

The Town of Leland is also addressing the debris issue. It has opened up a vegetative drop-off site on Old Lanvale Road.

"It's been fun," Ed Johnson said as he took his fifth truckload of debris to the site. "It keeps me out of trouble."

Despite the time and energy spent on cleaning up Johnson says it's part of living on the coast.

Carolina Beach and Kure Beach have announced they will pick up debris for free.

Reports are that New Hanover County is hoping President Obama will declare the county a disaster area so it won't have to pay for pick-up.

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You must be one of our

You must be one of our County Commissioners

I pay taxes for this

Spoken like someone who probably had no property damage...or someone who can afford to have it cleaned up. Some of us aren't that lucky.


They were going to do it anyway, even without a hurricane. Might as well get something for it.


I read the article on the Star News online this morning about the county leaving us on our own stating that the damage was not significant enough. REALLY? I live in the county, about 100 yards from the city line in a housing development. I had 6+ hours of cleanup, 19, 44 gallon bags of debris and a pile of limbs 10 feet long, 5 foot high and 5 foot wide...IS THAT ENOUGH DAMAGE FOR YOU? Tell ya what I'm planning on doing...I'm going to hire someone to take it all away, then send NHC a bill or better yet...deduct it from my property taxes that go up every year...PICK ONE NHC!


Seriously? This is one of the things that we should do ourselves. We pay half the taxes of people in the City Limits. Use some of this money to pay someone to hall the trash away.

This is a part of life in a hurricane area. Storms happen here just like in other parts of the Country. For those of you complaining you shouldn't say a thing when the City annexes you. You will get your cleanup and double the property taxes. In the long run this will add up to much more than the cost of a debri pickup every few years.

Put a match to it.

We certainly aren't in a drought situation. Burn the stuff.

Lazy u are lazy. give a hoot

Lazy u are lazy. give a hoot dont pollute. Lazy people burn real men take care of debries with a truck. maybe all you northerners need to move back up north and get out of wilmington. Please leave and dont come back go back to Ohio or New York or wherever you lazy people are from.


Interesting no damage try cleaning up three trees that split and up rooted being 61 years old paying county taxes and never receiveing one thing except grief from county comissioners. One of their trips would be more than enough to pay for our whole culdesac. Oh wait then they might not be able to eat their three meals a day on taxpayers.


If you yell loud enough, they will hear. This is what my taxes help pay for.

The places listed that

The places listed that charge to pick up will just grind it up and resell it. Talk about a ripoff.....If it were some kind of study, sailors needing a BBQ dinner and trinkets, or other total waste of taxpayer money, I promise you the money would be found.