The key difference between the municipalities' handling of the debris pick-up and the county is that there is already public trash collection in place in those areas. Their solid waste departments already have the equipment to collect and dispose of debris. Since New Hanover county does not have county-wide garbage collection for the unincorporated areas, they have to contract to an outside hauler for the removal. In past storms FEMA has stepped in and paid for this removal contract. With Irene, while there may have been some individuals who had a large amount of debris on their property, overall the amount of damage and debris throughout the county is likely not going to be enough for FEMA to step in. If the county moves to county-wide garbage collection, debris pick-up will not be an issue in the future. They will have the equipment and the manpower to handle it.
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