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Pender County to open debris sites Monday

BURGAW, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -– Pender County will open two vegetative debris collection sites on Monday for residents to bring Hurricane Irene storm vegetative debris for disposal. Only vegetative debris will be collected at these sites. The sites will be open for debris disposal through Sunday, September 25, at which time material will no longer be accepted.

The Rocky Point Convenience Site located at 16232 NC 210 (at Cheshire Road) in Rocky Point will be available for vegetative debris collection during its normal operating hours, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day except Wednesdays and Sundays. A site located on US 17 N just north of Hampstead, adjacent to Topsail Greens Drive, will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

DRC Environmental Services is the County’s contractor responsible for operating the debris disposal sites, and SAIC is the contractor responsible for monitoring incoming loads and documenting amounts of vegetative debris in conformance with FEMA requirements. Only vegetative debris originating from Hurricane Irene damage in Pender County will be accepted at these sites. Debris originating from outside Pender County will not be accepted, and debris not related to Hurricane Irene will not be accepted. Private contractors collecting storm vegetative debris on behalf of residents and properties within the county will be able to dispose of vegetative debris at these sites. All residents of Pender County are eligible to dispose of vegetative debris at these two sites. Residents within Pender County who do NOT have a solid waste sticker must be prepared to show proof of residency or ownership.

Residents will need to be prepared to unload debris and dispose of any bags or containers. Materials other than vegetative debris will not be accepted.

NCDOT has informed Pender County that they will be collecting storm related vegetative debris from the rights-of-way of all state maintained roads. Debris will not be collected from private roads, either by NCDOT or Pender County.

Construction and Demolition (C&D) debris from the storm will not be accepted at the US 17 debris site. Small pickup truck size loads of C&D 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 259-0126. Questions about storm debris collection and disposal may be directed to Melinda Knoerzer of Pender Utilities at 259-1521.

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