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Curbside debris pickup to begin Oct. 17
Oct. 14, 2:00 p.m.
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
Reporting downed power lines
Please report downed power lines immediately to the utility provider. Only call 911 about power lines if they are sparking. Never approach or touch power lines. Treat all power lines as if they are live, even if power is out in the area. You never know when power may be restored.
MarshWalk, Beach Accesses closed
The Murrells Inlet Marshwalk, Veterans Pier, Jetty View Walk and all Georgetown County-maintained beach accesses in Litchfield and Garden City are closed until further notice. These structures all received damage during Hurricane Matthew. County teams will be working over the next several days to fully assess damages. Until repairs are made, these structures are not safe and all members of the public are prohibited from attempting to utilize them. Sites should be cordoned off with caution tape, but if the tape is removed, that should not be taken as an indication that the structures have reopened. An announcement will be made when the structures are deemed safe again.
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.
Safety tips for clearing and burning yard debris
As residents throughout Georgetown County begin cleaning up around their homes and businesses following Hurricane Matthew, Midway Fire Rescue encourages the use of proper safety precautions.
Fire officials advise taking fallen limbs and any vegetative debris to the county’s landfill on Highway 51 or one of the community recycling centers located throughout the county. These facilities have resumed normal operational hours. However, if residents choose to burn their debris once the state’s burning ban is lifted, the following safety tips are recommended:
· Before burning yard waste in any of the unincorporated areas of Georgetown County, call the S.C. Forestry Commission Burn Request Hotline at 1-800-896-5256.
· Someone must remain with the fire once it is ignited until it is completely extinguished.
· Make sure the fire is completely extinguished before nightfall.
· Have some means readily available and accessible to extinguish and/or control the fire if it gets out of hand (i.e. water hose, water in a bucket, dirt, sand or a rake and a shovel).
· Maintain small manageable piles. This makes it easier to control the fire and makes it less likely to get out of control. Make sure you have a proper firebreak around the fire area and don’t ignite a yard debris fire less than 25-50 feet from a combustible structure.
· If the fire becomes uncontrollable, call 911 immediately.
· Be careful while wearing loose-fitting clothing around a fire, as clothing may ignite. If your clothing catches fire, stop, drop and roll.
Annually, more than 40 percent of wildland fires in South Carolina are started by people burning yard debris. If this happens, the person whose burn started the fire is responsible and could be fined. If a wildland fire started by a yard debris burn damages property, that person could be liable.
If using a chainsaw for tree removal:
· Wear protective gear including goggles, gloves and ear protection.
· Downed trees and limbs can be under a lot of stress. Watch for moving pieces when your chainsaw relieves that stress. A chainsaw operator can be pinned or injured from suddenly moving limbs.
· Watch for “kickback” from the chainsaw.
· Avoid cutting over your head or from a ladder.
· If you don’t know how to tackle a cleanup or if the job is too big, hire an experienced and insured professional.
· Children should never be allowed to operate a chainsaw and should be kept away from downed trees.
· Be aware that a fallen tree may have taken a live power line with it.
· Never operate a chainsaw alone. Have a friend or responsible family member on hand in case something goes wrong.
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 email@example.com 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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