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Curbside debris pickup to begin Oct. 17
In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew and associated river flooding in Georgetown County, the county has contracted with the S.C. Department of Transportation for removal of hurricane-related debris. As part of this contract, curbside pickup of hurricane-related debris will be available on public roadways in unincorporated areas of the county that were impacted by flooding. Collection is expected to begin Oct. 17.
Debris must be separated into the following six categories for curbside pickup: electronics, large appliances, household hazardous waste, vegetative debris, construction debris and household garbage. Curbside pickup will not be available on private streets (those with blue street signs). Only hurricane-related debris will be picked up. Large quantities of shingles and other roofing materials from re-roofing jobs will not be collected and must be disposed of via normal procedures.
SCDOT’s contractors will prioritize debris removal based on which areas can be accessed safely for debris removal operations. In some areas, floodwaters and blocked roadways still prevent contractors from reaching debris.
Residents are asked to place any hurricane-related debris they would like removed in the public right-of-way (the area that extends from the street to the sidewalk, ditch, utility pole or easement). Residents should not place debris on the right-of-way if they have or will receive insurance funding to privately dispose of household debris covered by their insurance policy. SCDOT will only collect hurricane-related debris for which residents are not receiving insurance funding for private disposal.
For debris to be picked up, it must be separated into the categories listed above and must be unbagged (with the exception of waste in the household garbage category, which should be bagged). Other than household garbage, only loose debris will be collected. Residents should not place debris near a water meter vault, fire hydrant or any other above-ground utility, and should avoid placing it directly under power lines.
Contractors will make multiple passes through impacted areas. If residents cannot safely set out debris at this time, or if contractors cannot safely enter submerged or blocked areas, additional debris removal passes will be scheduled.
For more information, call (843) 545-3999 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
View debris disposal brochure
Advisory regarding contractors
We are receiving reports of questionable contractors offering their services door-to-door. Members of the public should be aware that contractors licensed in the state of South Carolina and registered with Georgetown County may perform major repairs on homes, and only after they receive the appropriate permits from Georgetown County. Roof replacements and major roof repairs require a permit. Minor/temporary repairs do not. Please call (843) 545-3116 with questions or for further information.
HHW Collection and Paper Shredding Event Set for Oct. 29
Georgetown County will host a household hazardous waste collection and paper shredding event from 9 a.m. to noon on Oct. 29 at Palmetto Ace Home Center, 8317 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island. For more information, call (843) 545-3524 or (843) 545-3452.
County announces fall photo contest
Sept. 22, 2016
Georgetown County invites photographers of all ages and skill levels to enter our latest photo contest. We’ve selected “The Best Thing About Fall in Georgetown County” as the theme.
Whether its football, morning walks on nearly deserted beaches, trick-or-treating with the kids, gathering with family for Thanksgiving, or something else entirely, we want to see your favorite thing about fall here. Color and black and white photos will be accepted. Photographers don’t have to live in Georgetown County, but all photos must have been taken within Georgetown County.
Deadline for entries is Dec. 1. Send entries to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, phone number and a brief description of your photo and why you selected the image to enter.
View full contest rules and information
County encourages composting; bins available
July 1, 2016
Of all waste that goes into South Carolina landfills, a whopping 30 percent is comprised of yard debris and food waste.
That’s waste that could easily be diverted from landfills and turned into useful material, said James Coley, environmentalist with the Georgetown County Department of Public Services. That’s why he and the department are partnering with DHEC this summer to urge more families to start composting at home. If just 250 families in Georgetown County start actively composting, the result would be 50 tons of organic debris diverted from the county landfill each year.
“That would be a strong start and I think if you can show people how easy it is and how many benefits there are to composting, people will do it,” Coley said.
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