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BURGAW, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -– The Pender Board of Commissioners agreed Tuesday evening to establish vegetative debris collection sites for disposal of Hurricane Irene storm debris from private roads in the county. NCDOT will be collecting vegetative debris from the rights-of-way of all state maintained roads beginning this week, however debris will not be collected at the street level on private roads. Property owners along private roads and subdivisions will be able to take vegetative debris directly to a debris collection site. Private contractors collecting storm debris from within the county will also be able to dispose of vegetative debris at the sites.

Further information on the specific site locations and operating hours will be forthcoming once logistics and site operational details are finalized by the County and DRC Environmental Services, the contractor responsible for operating the debris sites.

Construction and Demolition (C&D) debris will not be collected at the street level. Small pickup truck size loads 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 $72 per ton.

The County has established a hotline for special unmet needs at (910) 259-0126. Questions about storm debris collection and disposal may be directed to Melinda Knoerzer of Pender Utilities at (910) 259-1521.

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