With flooding from Tropical Storm Michael, many residents, property owners and business owners are now faced with undertaking the process of cleaning up and disposing of a wide variety of debris.

This pick-up is for storm-related debris only. Other items must be taken to the landfill or held until the county’s annual large item pick up that will take place early next year. Flooded or damaged vehicles, boats and motor homes will not be collected and must be removed by the owner at their expense.  

The pick-up is being conducted by Dare County Public Works personnel using county-owned equipment. Please be patient and know that pick-ups in a particular area will vary during the assigned week depending on the amount of debris to be collected. There will only be one pass - once collection has taken place in your area, do not place additional debris by the side of the road. Resources are limited and multiple passes will not be scheduled.    

With the storm debris pick-up being handled in-house, Dare County Public Works will assign all possible resources to the effort. It will be necessary to close the Rodanthe Recycling Center and cancel recycling collection for businesses until the storm debris pick-up is completed. The Recycling Centers in Manteo  and Buxton will remain open for business, operating on a regular schedule.

Martin’s Point, Hatteras Village, East Lake, Manns Harbor, and Stumpy Point - Debris must be sorted properly and placed in the right of way by Monday, October 22. Pick-up will be conducted Tuesday, October 23 through Friday, October 26.

Roanoke Island (Wanchese and unincorporated areas of Manteo), Buxton and Frisco - Debris must be sorted properly and placed in the right of way by Monday, October 29. Pick-up will be conducted Tuesday, October 30 through Friday, November 2.

Colington Harbor, Colington Island, Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo and Avon - Debris must be sorted properly and placed in the right of way by Monday, November 5 for pick-up. Pick-up in these communities will begin Tuesday, November 6.

Dare County will provide storm debris pick-up in the unincorporated areas of the county. A schedule will be announced as soon as established, but it is important for all debris to be sorted properly, as outlined below.  

Debris piles are to be set on the side of the road in the right of way. Please do not block driveways, storm drains or utilities.

Debris should be sorted as follows:

  • Vegetative - DO NOT BAG VEGETATIVE DEBRIS. This pile should consist of any yard debris such as tree limbs, leaves, pine straw, or grass.

  • Construction materials - This pile should consist of lumber, windows, doors, insulation, roofing, decking, cabinets, carpet, flooring, mattresses, and furniture.

  • Metal - This pile should consist of metal objects such as bikes, gas grills, metal lawn furniture, and appliances,  i.e. washers, dryers, refrigerators, and stoves.

  • Propane tanks - Propane tanks should be placed in a separate pile so that gas companies may retrieve them.

  • HHW (Household Hazardous Waste) - TV's, computers, used motor oil in spill proof containers, and any pesticide or other chemicals should be placed in a separate pile.

Recycle as much as you can to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfills. Everything from water bottles to electronics can be recycled at several locations. To find recycling locations and a list of materials accepted, click here.

Do not burn debris or trash as it can impact the air quality and create additional hazards.

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