Friday, September 15, 2017

City of Savannah outlines Hurricane Irma debris removal plans

Posted By on Fri, Sep 15, 2017 at 10:58 AM

The City of Savannah reports that the Sanitation Bureau has resumed normal operations. Today crews "are back on their regular service routes, picking up residential refuse, yard waste and recycling materials," a spokesperson says.

"On Wednesday sanitation crews focused on debris removal on City streets and sidewalks. They will begin debris removal at homes and businesses on Friday," the spokesperson says.

"Debris collection is projected to be five percent or less than what was collected post-Hurricane Matthew. Debris collection from Hurricane Irma should be completed in 4-6 weeks," the City reports.

Residents can also drop off their debris at the City’s two Convenience Centers, the Dean Forest Road Landfill and Bacon Park Transfer Station.

Storm Debris should be handled as follows:

· Clean vegetative material should be placed at the regular point of yard waste collection if possible.

· Follow regular set-out guidelines to the extent practical (cut branches to 4 feet and stack them; loose leaves in brown paper yard waste bags or container; no plastic bags).

· Separate piles should be made for vegetative materials, building material debris, bulk items such as furniture, and empty appliances.

· Following regular guidelines allows more material to be carried per truckload and speeds up the overall collection effort.

The City urges that citizens do the following:

· Limit materials set out to storm-related items only. "Now is not the time to clean out the closet or garage," a spokesperson says.

· Do not mix and mingle different debris types.

· Only place plastic bags in City-issued refuse containers. Do not use plastic bags for yard debris.

· Do not place debris in the roadway.

· Do not blow leaves or other vegetation into the street. This will block storm drains and make us vulnerable to street flooding.

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