Beaufort News

Curbside debris collection to begin today for most of county

Most Beaufort County residents waiting to have their Hurricane Matthew debris removed will finally start to see relief today when more than 40 trucks from the county's hired contractor will fan out to begin the process of removal.

Ceres Environmental Services is scheduled to make three passes throughout the county to ensure all storm-generated debris is picked up from county and state roads, according to a Beaufort County news release.

The county's project does not apply to Hilton Head Island, which is utilizing a different debris removal contractor.

Residents are asked to place hurricane debris in piles at the curb in front of their residence as soon as possible for collection. However, do not block utility boxes, storm drains, fire hydrants or mailboxes.

Tree debris and other vegetation should be separated from other debris such as fencing and shingles. Each will be collected and disposed of separately. Debris placed in bags will be left at the curb unless the residence is contracted with Republic Services for annual yard debris collection.

The county also has established a customer service line for questions regarding debris collection. Those with questions may call 843-684-9880.

To report unsafe debris situations such as leaning trees or piles that obscure stop signs, call the county's Public Works Department at 843-255-2800.

For power issues or to report downed lines, residents should contact their local electricity provider. Sewage troubles should be reported to their local water utility.