Storm Debris

Removal of limbs and flood-damaged construction debris at curbside

Storm Debris Collection Underway

As of Oct. 4, the City has made a first pass through all Fayetteville neighborhoods to collect containerized yard waste. The City’s contractor for larger debris continues to work on a complete first pass. The City is asking residents to have all storm debris to the curb by Monday, Oct. 22 as the contractor makes a second pass through neighborhoods. Please combine smaller vegetative debris piles that may be at the curb now into one larger vegetative debris pile.  

Citizens are also encouraged to be patient with their regular yard waste collection that is picked up by City solid waste crews. Hurricane Florence generated an overwhelming amount of yard waste: The average weekly yard waste collection numbers are 238 tons; after Florence, collections jumped to 603 tons for the first week. Additionally, City crews fell two days behind due to collection cancellations caused by Florence, so staff will be catching up on Saturdays. Residents should leave their brown yard waste carts, other containers and bags out until City crews collect and should NOT use their green household trash carts.

Residents should place the following items at the curb in three separate piles; DO NOT MIX THE PILES:

  • Vegetative Debris: Place logs (no length restriction), plants and larger tree branches in one combined pile at the curb. Containerize leaves, small branches and twigs, pine straw and pine cones in yard waste containers.
  • Construction and Demolition Debris: Place building materials, carpet, drywall, furniture, lumber, mattresses and plumbing items in one combined pile at the curb.
  • Appliances and White Goods: Place air conditioners, dishwashers, freezers, refrigerators, stoves, washers, dryers and water heaters at the curb in one combined pile.

Debris should be placed on the grass or the driveway and within seven feet of the curb. This is because the trucks picking up debris are limited in their reach.

Debris should NOT be placed in the road, under a tree, next to a pole, under power lines or obstructed by anything else. Do not park cars in front of your piles, as it will prohibit the trucks from accessing the piles.

The following items should be taken to County landfills or container sites:

  • Electronics: All electronics, including computers, radios, stereos, televisions and other corded devices.
  • Household Hazardous Waste: All household hazardous waste, including cleaning supplies, batteries, lawn chemicals, oils, oil-based paints and stains and pesticides.

Residents should see which container sites take these items by logging onto

Normal household trash, recycling and bagged debris of any kind will not be picked up with storm debris. Residents should continue following their normal trash, yard waste and recycling schedules for these items.


Click HERE for .pdf printable version of Separating Debris flyer (.pdf)