Hurricane

Which Beaufort County convenience centers are open and when?

A handful of Beaufort County convenience centers will open Wednesday from 7:30 a.m. to 7p.m.

Those locations are the following:

▪ 104 Simmonsville Rd., Bluffton

▪ 6 Keans Neck Rd., Lobeco

▪ 270 Gibbet Rd., Pritchardville

▪ 80 Shanklin Rd., Beaufort

▪ 639 Sea Island Parkway, St. Helena Island

The county asks residents to be patient as crews work to re-open the centers, which will only be accepting bagged, household garbage.

Residents should not bring yard debris or construction debris to the county convenience centers now. The county will issue a notice when collection of these materials starts again.

“We can’t handle the volume (of yard waste),” Beaufort County administrator Gary Kubic said Tuesday afternoon. “There are just too many trees down.”

Only debris caused by Hurricane Matthew is eligible for collection from residences. Private property owners are responsible for moving debris to the curb and should be careful not to block fire hydrants or other electrical or phone service boxes, the release said.

Beaufort County and its municipalities — with the exception of private communities — will provide this service at no cost in unincorporated areas.

Residents should sort different types debris into separate piles and leave it on the curb at their residence.

Tree limbs and logs should be cut into sections.

Residents should be aware of contractors trying to charge for debris removal services.

Residents who subscribe to a waste provider for curbside collection should contact their provider for information as to when curbside collections will resume.

For more information, contact the county’s solid waste and recycling office the Beaufort County Public Works Department at 843-255-2736 or visit www.bcgov.net/departments/engineering-and-infrastructure/solid-waste-and-recycle/index.php.

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