What to do if you still have debris in your yard from Tropical Storm Irma

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Tropical Storm Irma traveled through Macon last week and the storm debris is still here.

Kevin Barkley, Director or the Macon-Bibb Solid Waste Department, said he needs your debris put into three piles.

“We want the containerized material separate, so that’s a pile there. We want your limbs and branches that won’t fit in any containers in a separate pile, and then your tree trunks and large branches, when you cut those up put those in separate pile,” Barkley said.

The containerized materials are leaves, pine straw, and small branches that can fit inside of a trash bag or a container.

He said tree trunks and big branches should be cut into pieces four feet or less.

“If they’re not cut that length then they’re gonna be over sized, where we can’t get them into the hopper or our crews cannot lift them,” Barkley said.

He said if you have debris on the curb, just be patient. The department will pick up the debris everyday during normal trash routes.

“This was a very big storm where a lot of people had damage and material down, so we’re out there now collecting them now and we’re gonna continue for the next two weeks getting it collected,” Barkely said.

The department is collecting smaller debris first and then they will pick up bigger debris like trunks and branches later.

“We’re waiting on a disposal process for this material, so at this time we’re only collecting the smaller material that we can take to a landfill or a transfer station and offload it,” he said.

So even though Irma is long gone, in many ways, the work is just beginning.

Barkely said he has no idea how long it will take the department to pick up all of the debris, so do your best to be patient.

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