Debris pick-up to start soon; sorting it properly is important

By on October 13, 2018

Debris washed up by Michael has to be sorted by type before pick-up. (Loretta Sanders)

With flooding and tree damage from Tropical Storm Michael, many residents and property owners are now faced with cleaning up and disposing of debris.

Dare County will provide storm debris pick-up in the unincorporated areas of the county. That includes Colington, Wanchese, the mainland, Martin’s Point and Hatteras Island.

Southern Shores will be picking up only vegetative debris using the existing sector schedule for limb and branch removal starting the week of Oct. 22.

Kitty Hawk has rescheduled their chipping operations to begin Wednesday, Oct. 24., and will coincide with vegetative storm debris collection.

The towns of Duck, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head and Manteo will have separate pick-ups and instructions.

Schedules will be announced as soon as they are established, but it is important for debris to be sorted properly.

Debris piles are to be set on the side of the road in the right of way. Do not block driveways, storm drains or utilities.

Debris should be sorted as follows:

  • Vegetative – This pile should consist of any yard debris such as tree limbs, leaves, pine straw, or grass.
  • Construction materials – This pile should consist of lumber, windows, doors, insulation, roofing, decking, cabinets, carpet, flooring, mattresses, and furniture.
  • Metal – This pile should consist of metal objects such as bikes, gas grills, metal lawn furniture, and appliances, i.e. washers, dryers, refrigerators, and stoves.
  • Propane tanks – Propane tanks should be placed in a separate pile so that gas companies may retrieve them.
  • Household Hazardous Waste – TV’s, computers, used motor oil in spill proof containers, and any pesticide or other chemicals should be placed in a separate pile.

Recycle as much as you can to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfills. Everything from water bottles to electronics can be recycled at several locations. To find recycling locations and a list of materials accepted, click here.

Do not burn debris or trash as it can impact the air quality and create additional hazards.
For important tips and information to aid in storm clean-up, visit

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