We have dealt with the aftermath of hurricane Florence, and are currently making our way through the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season. Although there are many major concerns and considerations that come along with hurricane season—which runs from the beginning of June to the end of November—like boarding up windows and doors, reading over insurance policies, and gathering emergency supplies, one issue that often gets overlooked until after the fact is waste management. One thing that Hurricane Florence has left behind for Carolinians and others who live along the East Coast is plenty of excess garbage and debris—making waste management more difficult than usual.
While we are all cleaning up trash that has been strewn across our neighborhood streets, and are attempting to dispose of large quantities of fallen debris in our backyards, many people are asking the same question: “What do I do with all of this excess waste?”
Our team at All-Points Waste Service has been helping our customers in both North and South Carolina handle waste management during hurricane season for decades, and we have compiled a list of tips for our customers on how to properly collect and dispose of excess trash and debris during this time of year.
Hurricane Season Tips for Waste Management
Although cleaning up and disposing of remnants left behind by hurricanes can be a long, tiresome, and even confusing process, there are plenty of ways to make waste management during hurricane season easier on you, your neighbors, and trash service companies. There are preventative measures that you can take to make the post-hurricane waste management process easier on all involved, and there are also ways to properly handle excess garbage and debris after a hurricane strikes.
The first preventative measure that you can take is to trim the trees and shrubs in your yard before the start of hurricane season. Not only does cutting off and disposing of dead or unnecessary tree limbs before the season helps keep you, your loved ones, and your neighbors safe; but it also makes the post-storm waste management process simpler.
Instead of worrying about cleaning up fallen tree limbs and larger plants in your backyard after a hurricane strikes, you can focus on more important matters like getting your home back in good condition. Clearing excess tree limbs from your property beforehand also lessen the burden on your local waste management and trash service teams who are sure to be busier than usual hauling away regular residential waste and extra debris from the hurricane.
Another preventative measure that you should take is to tie down your trash and recycling bins, and rope together any lumber or building materials that may be in your yard. Make sure all of these items are properly secured and kept in a place where they cannot be blown or washed away.
If larger items like tree branches, lumber, and housing materials are not properly tied down, they could be lifted by winds or carried off by floods, and cause severe damage to homes and vehicles. The waste management process can also be more difficult if trash and recycling bins are not properly tied down because the waste and recyclables inside of these containers may be strewn all over the streets and your neighbors’ yards, making the cleanup process more challenging.
Once the hurricane has passed, you are likely to encounter excess garbage and debris on roads, in yards, and along waterways—even if you took every preventative measure to make waste management simpler during the storm’s aftermath. At this time, the waste management process tends to get a little bit messier and more complicated.
The most critical part of waste management after a hurricane is to keep regular household waste separate from debris brought about by the storm. You should only use your curbside trash and recycling bins for your household items like food waste and used cosmetic supplies of which you would like to dispose. If a hurricane has left fallen tree branches in your yard or has deposited other larger items like road signs and fencing on your property, you should create a separate garbage pile for these objects, and place the pile beside your residential trash and recycling bins.
By not mixing your household garbage and larger objects of which you would like to dispose of that were carried onto your property by the hurricane, you are helping make the post-storm waste management process simpler and safer for all involved. Local trash service companies like All-Points Waste Management can then continue residential and commercial trash and recycling pickup as usual, while simultaneously taking debris from the hurricane to the correct disposal areas in and around Charlotte.
Waste Landfill and Drop-off Locations
You may be wondering where trash service companies like All-Points Waste Service take your garbage and recycling after a storm. Perhaps you are wanting to take some of the excess hurricane debris to a local landfill or waste drop-off center yourself instead of waiting for your residential or commercial trash service company to make their curbside rounds. This option is an excellent one as long as you are able to discern which waste and larger objects are safe and manageable to handle while you are in the process of cleaning up after a storm.
If you are wanting to help in the waste management process after a storm strikes by hauling away excess garbage and debris on your own, there are numerous different drop-off locations around the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area that accept waste and recyclables. Although there may be fees associated with dumping extra residential loads—more than five bags per household per day—and other sizeable objects, becoming involved in the post-hurricane waste management process is critical to when it comes to keeping our city safe and clean and reducing the burden on local trash service companies.
Once you have collected the waste of which you would like to dispose of, you can take your excess garbage and recycling to one of these four locations:
Compost Central and Recycling Center
Foxhole Recycling Center and Landfill
Hickory Grove Recycling Center
North Mecklenburg Full Service/Recycling Center
These waste management centers accept both household trash and recyclables as well as construction and demolition debris that may have wound up on your property or in your neighborhood due to high winds and flood waters. By utilizing Charlotte-Mecklenburg drop-off locations and landfills for post-storm waste management, you can play a vital role in the hurricane season clean-up effort.