Michael debris: When it will be collected, how to sort it

By on October 16, 2018

Collection of Tropical Storm Michael-related debris by Dare County and the six municipalities are taking place using separate schedules and policies set by each local government entity.

Duck
The rescheduled regular bulk waste collection will take place on Friday, October 19. Note this bulk waste collection is seperate from storm debris collection.

Currently the Town of Duck does not anticipate storm debris collection east of the Duck Trail. Properties east of Duck Trail should utilize the bulk waste collection.

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More details can be found here: https://www.townofduck.com/news/bulk-waste-and-storm-debris/

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

Kitty Hawk
Public works has started picking up large items and demolition debris. They will make multiple rounds, so if they do not get your debris on the first round, they will return for additional pick ups.

Kitty Hawk has also reset their previously scheduled vegetative debris and chipping operations to begin Wednesday, Oct. 24.

Kill Devil Hills
The town is contracting with Southern Disaster Recovery, and anticipate collection to begin on Thursday, Oct. 18.

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Collection areas are limited to those flooded by Kitty Hawk Bay: 800-900 blocks of Cedar Drive, West First Street, Canal Drive, Captains Lane, the westernmost edge of Indian Drive, Bay Drive from West First Street north to approximately Nixonton Street, including adjacent side streets.

Kill Devil Hills Solid Waste Division is continuing the Fall Bulk Collection in all other areas as previously advertised. Anyone with questions can call 252-480-4080.

Nags Head
Vegetative debris will be treated like regular curbside brush collection. Crews will start picking up in the soundside neighborhoods first. Call Nags Head Public Works at 252-441-1122 to give them your address to let them know you need a pick up.

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Manteo
The town will be staging dumpsters in the areas that were most affected. Residents and businesses with flood damage can place debris either in the dumpsters or next to the street and town staff will pick it up.

Unincorporated Dare County
This pick-up is for storm-related debris only. Other items must be taken to the landfill or held until the county’s annual large item pick up that will take place early next year. Flooded or damaged vehicles, boats and motor homes will not be collected and must be removed by the owner at their expense.

The pick-up is being conducted by Dare County Public Works personnel using county-owned equipment. Please be patient and know that pick-ups in a particular area will vary during the assigned week depending on the amount of debris to be collected. There will only be one pass – once collection has taken place in your area, do not place additional debris by the side of the road. Resources are limited and multiple passes will not be scheduled.

With the storm debris pick-up being handled in-house, Dare County Public Works will assign all possible resources to the effort. It will be necessary to close the Rodanthe Recycling Center and cancel recycling collection for businesses until the storm debris pick-up is completed. The Recycling Centers in Manteo and Buxton will remain open for business, operating on a regular schedule.

Martin’s Point, Hatteras Village, East Lake, Manns Harbor, and Stumpy Point – Debris must be sorted properly and placed in the right of way by Monday, October 22. Pick-up will be conducted Tuesday, October 23 through Friday, October 26.

Roanoke Island (Wanchese and unincorporated areas of Manteo), Buxton and Frisco – Debris must be sorted properly and placed in the right of way by Monday, October 29. Pick-up will be conducted Tuesday, October 30 through Friday, November 2.

Colington Harbor, Colington Island, Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo and Avon – Debris must be sorted properly and placed in the right of way by Monday, November 5 for pick-up. Pick-up in these communities will begin Tuesday, November 6.

For important tips and information to aid in storm clean-up, visit www.darenc.com/michael.


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.

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