Storm debris pickup set to move into high gear

By on September 20, 2019

Crews will begin debris removal in Hatteras Village on Monday, Sept. 23. (CURRENTtv)


Monday, Sept. 23 looms as the day that Hurricane Dorian-related debris pickup in Dare County kicks off in a number of towns and villages. Here’s the latest information from the county’s municipalities and communities as well as from Currituck County.

Hatteras Village/unincorporated communities

Crews will begin debris removal in Hatteras Village on Monday, Sept. 23. Homeowners in this area are asked to place all storm-related debris in the right-of-way by 6 a.m. Monday morning as one pass will be made through each village. Following the completion of debris removal in Hatteras Village, crews will begin working north to Frisco. Updates will be sent as debris removal progresses on Hatteras Island.

Dare County Public Works crews have been working to remove storm debris inside the gate at Colington Harbor since Monday, Sept. 16. Crews anticipate wrapping up storm debris removal within Colington Harbor later this week. Please remember, the county only has the resources available to make one pass through each neighborhood. A schedule for other areas of unincorporated Dare County will be released as soon as details are finalized.

Storm-related debris should be placed into four separate piles onto the right-of-way at least 30 feet from fire hydrants.

Vegetative Debris (limbs, leaves, branches, sea grass, etc.) Do Not Bag!

Construction and Demolition Materials (building materials, concrete, shingles, etc.)

Metal (appliances)

Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics (oil, bleach toilet cleaner, televisions, computers, etc.)


Southern Shores

The storm debris pick-up contractor for Southern Shores will initiate pick-up on Monday, Sept. 23 for all public and private streets in Southern Shores. Please have all debris set out in piles in the town right-of-way or on the edge of the pavement by or before the scheduled pick-up date.

Residents are urged to place debris in separate piles that consist of either vegetative debris or construction and demolition debris in the right-of-way or on the edge of the pavement. Vegetative debris consists of tree parts, limbs, branches, leaves, etc. Construction and demolition debris consist of shingles, siding, boards, wallboard, etc.

Please do not place any debris on the actual street pavement. By segregating the types of debris, residents will have their piles picked up on schedule without further delay. This pick-up is for storm-generated debris only. The storm debris pick-up will consist of one pass through town.


Kitty Hawk

A contractor for the town will begin vegetative hurricane debris pick up on Monday, Sept. 23.  Please place vegetative debris in the right-of-way. If you live on a private road, place debris on the edge of the roadway. Do not mix vegetative debris with other types of debris, such as metal or items for large item pick up.  There are no size limitations for limbs, trees etc.  Debris in plastic bags will not be collected.

For more information please contact Town Hall at 252-261-3552 or Public Works at 252-261-1367.  You can also email [email protected]

The Town of Kitty Hawk Public Works Department will conduct a large item pick up beginning on Monday, Sept. 23rd.  Residents should place their items in the right-of-way for collection.

The following items can be collected:

  • Furniture, mattresses, & box springs
  • Old tires (no rims or commercial)
  • Appliances (refrigerators should have doors removed)
  • Scrap metals
  • Electronics
  • Waste motor oil (must be in a motor oil container)

The following items will not be collected:

  • Household garbage
  • Hot tubs and covers
  • Vegetative debris (branches, yard clippings, etc.) (separate pick-up date)
  • Hazardous materials (paint, solvents, pesticides, herbicides, gasoline)
  • Home re-modeling/construction debris
  • Glass items (sliding doors, windows, mirrors, etc.)


Kill Devil Hills

The Town of Kill Devil Hills Public Services Department will begin the collection of storm-related debris from Hurricane Dorian on Monday, Sept. 23. Please have items for collection placed in the street right-of way not later than Sunday, Sept. 22.

Place approved storm debris items in three separate bundles as follows:

Bundle #1: Vegetative Debris (limbs, leaves, branches, sea grass, etc.)

Bundle #2: Construction and Demolition Materials (building materials, shingles, etc.)

Bundle #3: White Goods and Metals

Please Note:  Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics should be brought to the Recycle Center.

As a regular service, the town’s Recycle and Dry Trash Drop-Off Centers are available to drop off materials Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and on Saturdays, 8:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Use of the Dry Trash Drop-Off Center by residents requires a no-cost permit, which can be obtained at the Public Services Administration Building, 107 Town Hall Drive.

Non-approved materials, mixed piles, and improperly sorted items will not be collected. For more information, please contact Public Services at 252-480-4080


Nags Head

As of Friday, Sept. 20, the town has nearly completed its first pass through the neighborhoods west of South Croatan Highway. We expect to start collecting debris in Old Nags Head Cove the week starting Monday, Sept. 23.

The town will begin collecting Dorian-related debris from south Nags Head and the homes and businesses east of South Croatan Highway starting October 1, 2019.  Once the first collection has taken place, the town will make an additional collection run in case home or businesses owners have not had the chance to clean up their properties.

Note – Please only place Hurricane Dorian-related debris into these piles. On October 1, we will resume our curbside bulk item/brush collection service. The Town also provides a collection yard, which is open three days/week.



Manteo officials say the town begin picking up Dorian-related debris in the immediate aftermath of the storm and that is has all been collected at this point. Regular pickup continues.



A Duck representative indicated that storm debris pickup is expected to start next week, but there is no official word on timing as of Friday, Sept. 20.


Currituck County

Currituck County will conduct a roadside collection of vegetative storm debris caused by Hurricane Dorian. This collection will begin on Monday, Sept. 23.

Citizens should understand that the collection process will take several days to complete across the entire county. Anyone who does not want to wait for their debris to be picked up may take it to one of the county’s convenience centers for disposal.

Important points to remember:

  • The collection will only take place from the right of way on state-maintained roads. Collection trucks will not pick up storm debris on private roads. Residents who are unsure if they live on a state-maintained road may check online (enter address in the search box). Residents on private roads should take storm debris to one of the county’s convenience centers.
  • Only “woody” debris (trees and branches) will be collected. No bags or other items will be picked up.
  • Tree and branch sections should not be more than 6 feet in length.

At this time, there is only one collection pass planned for the county. Everyone who wants to participate should have their debris in place along their state-maintained road by Sept. 23. Anyone with questions may contact Currituck Emergency Management at 252-232-2115.


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