Storm Damage Debris Collection
In the event the City of Myrtle Beach sustains storm damage caused by a possible hurricane, flood event or winter storm, the aftermath cleanup begins as soon as it is possible for the city and/or contractors to safely proceed. Once major thoroughfares are clean, crews begin removal of debris in neighborhoods. Questions? Call the Public Works Department at 843-918-2000 or the Solid Waste Division at 843-918-2160.
Here are a few things to remember regarding debris removal...
- Storm debris MUST be placed within 15 feet of the edge of the pavement of your street.
- City crews and contractors, along with the equipment, are NOT permitted on private property for debris removal. This includes yards, gated communities, mobile home parks and developments with private streets.
- Contractors of any form are not permitted to dispose of debris on the public right-of-way.
- Separate debris into categorized piles; mixed debris will NOT be picked up.
- Place household garbage in pelicans (trash cans) and recycling containers.
- Do NOT bag storm debris!
- Place construction debris in a separate pile; these items include building materials, drywall, lumber, carpet, furniture, mattresses and plumbing items.
- Collect and place vegetative debris in a separate group; these items include tree branches, large limbs, leaves and trimmings.
- Household hazardous waste, including oil, batteries, pesticides, paints, cleaning supplies and compressed air, should be placed in a separate pile, too.
- The "white goods" pile refers to refrigerators, dryers, washers, freezers, air conditioners, stoves, water heaters and dishwashers (regardless of physical color).
- And, group electronics together in one pile; this includes televisions, computers, radios, stereos, DVD players and telephones.
- Most storm debris will be removed utilizing a knuckle boom truck, which is sometimes called a "clamshell" truck. Please observe the following guidelines to avoid further confusion, damage or injury...
- Please be patient.
- Ensure debris is placed in area clear of overhead power/cable lines as well as low hanging tree limbs.
- Do not place debris near gas or water valves, water meters, fire hydrants, fencing, mailboxes, etc.
- Do not call to request that trucks alter their scheduled routes; ALL areas will be attended.
- Get debris out for pick up as promptly as possible. This helps accomplish a "three pass" sweep. If you miss the first pass, do not fret – another sweep will occur!
- Please note that different types of debris may be picked up at different times.
- Again, do NOT bag storm debris.
- And, be prepared to repair possible damage to swale areas from specialized equipment used to collect storm debris.