Handling yard waste after Tropical Storm Irma

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Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- We're On Your Side with ways to handle storm debris and yard waste from Tropical Storm Irma and what to do with it.

While crews are working on storm clean up on major roadways and restoring power and traffic signals that are still out, you are probably dealing with some extra yard waste this week. You're probably wondering what you should be doing with it. We've reached out to various county officials in our area and here's what they say you should do.

AIKEN COUNTY
You are responsible for taking debris and yard waste to the landfill on Connector Road. If you can't remove the debris and yard waste from your home you'll have to hire a contractor.

RICHMOND COUNTY
Yard waste and storm debris will be collected on your regular day of service. They say if piles are more than 5' by 10' (five feet by ten feet) you'll need to hire a contractor to pick it up.
Also, you cannot have items in your pile that are larger than five feet or weigh more than 50 pounds.

BURKE COUNTY
You are responsible for taking care of your yard waste and debris.



We are still waiting to hear back from officials in Columbia and McDuffie counties.


CAN I JUST BURN MY YARD WASTE?
According to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, people in Columbia County and Richmond County cannot burn their debris.

In South Carolina, as long as your neighborhood allows it - you are allowed to burn it, but you have to notify the South Carolina Forestry Commission. You also need to have supplies to put out the fire if it spreads and stay with the fire until it's completely out.

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