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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.

For more information visit http:wway.wcbi.com/2011/08/29/hurricane-irene-the-scoop-debris-removal.


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  • Not LAZY or WHINNING!!!

    The PROBLEM here is this debris is not from our yard!!! We took care of ours but are annoyed with the HUGE pile on either side of Myrtle Grove Rd. and Grove Point. Piles of debris on both sides so high you can’t see if cars are coming AT ALL. Can the county be sued for auto damage or more seriously a death caused by this DEBRIS that wasn’t there before Friday Sept. 16,2011. Obviously, it’s not our responsibility!
    If county doesn’t want to pay to clean it up, quit stacking it where divers can’t see oncoming traffic!

  • Scott

    That may have been what he meant but that isn’t what he wrote. I replied to him and told him his “don’t bother me tone makes me think he has been rubbing elbows with Mr. Thompson a little too much.” I told him as the owner of 4 vehicles and two properties and he is an elected official being paid by tax money, he currently does work for me.

    That may change next election time.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    ….doesn’t consider you a citizen.

    Like the rest of them, he thinks that WE work for them, to provide taxes for them to spend on what THEY want.

    Tunisia…..Egypt….Yemen……Libya……New Hanover County?

  • Guest

    I think Mr. Davis meant to say he didn’t ONLY work for you. But I can see why you were upset.

    I would have told him, “OK, you don’t work ONLY for me, but I’m one of those taxpaying citizens in New Hanover County that pays your salary, buddy, and I expect and have a right to receive the courtesy of an answer.”

    His response to you was rude. Maybe he was responding in the same manner in which he was approached? Was your email to him rude? If not, there was no excuse for his rudeness. If your email was rude, he shows his unprofessionalism by his response. But that’s typical for County Commissioners. Remember that come next election!

  • guesty

    Don’t re-elect anybody. All new people in both city and county seats. Thompson has said he will do us the favor of not running again. I think it is because he knows after all his tantrums he doesn’t stand a chance.

  • Guest

    Great! I’ll call Jason Thompson right away and let Diversified Biomass take care of it—-NOT!

    Don’t let your mind wander, it’s far too small to be let out on its own.

  • Scott

    When I had email all county commissioners to ask where they stand on the proposed $7 vehicle tax to support WAVE, I had to send it 3 times before Mr. Davis & Mr. Barfield responded. I told them that “at least until the next election they work for me and I would appreciate the basic courtesy of an answer.”
    Here is part of Mr. Davis’ response:
    “First, I do not work for you. I was elected to represent all of the citizens and taxpayers in New Hanover County….”

    I guess he missed the part where I told him we currently have 4 vehicles registered in New Hanover county. Then add in the two houses we own in New Hanover but he states he doesn’t work for me.

  • Guest

    I can’t believe all of the crying that is going on here. It is your yard waste and your responsibility to clean it up. It is also your responsibility to assist those in your neighborhood who (physically) can’t clean up their yard.

    The majority of our population has demanded less government spending. Once that demand affects you, the crying starts and everyone wants more from the government. Quite frankly, I do not see how it is the government’s responsibility to clean up my yard or discard the rubbish from my yard.

  • Guestzento

    Quit whining….what you have here is the government getting out of the way and letting the “private sector” take over, so call your private hauler and he’ll be glad to do the cleanup for ‘ya, for a fee of course.

  • Irked Taxpayer

    We live in a coastal county and our elected officials didn’t budget anything for storm debris cleanup? Seriously? I guess the city must have?
    How inept can any one group of politicians be?

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    This fits in perfectly with his (and Thompson’s) plan to award exclusive monopolies to two waste companies, and mandate that they pick up yard debris. HE likes the way the city does it and HE thinks that’s what we need.

    So if the county agreed to pick up the debris, as they have in the past, it would work AGAINST his efforts to remove competition and your ability to decide on your trash hauler.

    Anyone with a rudimentary knowledge of American History or Economics knows what happens when government starts awarding exclusive contracts….but that hasn’t stopped Barfield and Thompson pushing their ridiculous plan….and they will use this storm debris to advance their agenda.

    Don’t fall for their weasely conniving. Don’t let THEM tell you what’s best for you. THEY work for you.

  • When you wet your bed do you want the goverment to come change your sheets.Now you know why our country is broke.

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