Debris collection schedule for the Lowcountry

A family tries to move debris on Main Road.
A family tries to move debris on Main Road.

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) — Lowcountry areas are already beginning to collect debris following Hurricane Matthew.


Debris removal operation started Wednesday, October 12. Crews will begin pick-up in Edisto Island, West Ashley, James Island and along Highway 174 and Highway 61 (Ashley River Road). Citizens are asked to place storm debris on the curb for pick-up.

Please see guidance here:

Convenience Centers:

Mon., Tues., Thur. – Sat. 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Wed., Sun. 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

  • Awendaw Convenience Center, 6380 Maxville Rd
  • Bees Ferry Road Convenience Center, 1344 Bees Ferry Road
  • Edisto Convenience Center, 2844 Highway 174
  • Hollywood Convenience Center, 5305 Highway 165
  • McClellanville Convenience Center, 1775 River Road
  • Wadmalaw Convenience Center  (enter off Bears Bluff to Liberia Road), 1558 Liberia Road
  • Signal Point Road Convenience Center Hours *10 a.m. to 6 p.m., NO LANDSCAPE WASTE, 1716 Signal Point Road

If you need assistance, contact the Crisis Clean-up Hotline at 1-800-451-1954.


City of Goose Creek trash collection will resume Monday, Oct. 10, and will operate on the normal Monday-Friday schedule.

The following information applies to storm debris:

Due to the large volume of debris, crews will collect yard debris (brown) roll-carts and yard debris (paper) bags first. The city will attempt to complete collection of yard debris roll carts and yard debris bags on the customer’s regular collection day. However, due to the anticipated volume of debris, collection may take longer. Customers should leave these at the curb and crews will collect them by the end of the week.

All storm debris does not have to be bagged or placed in roll-carts. Leaves, straw, grass and other small debris should be placed in yard debris bags and yard debris roll carts to make collection easier and cleaner. Limbs and other tree debris should be placed in piles separated from other debris and away from fire hydrants, storm drains, ground-level electrical boxes, phone and cable TV pedestals, and water meter boxes.

Do not place debris piles in ditches or on sidewalks. Do not place debris piles in the roadway. Do not commingle different types of debris. Crews will not rake the curbside or sweep the roadside where debris has been placed and collected. This clean-up will be the responsibility of the resident.

Debris piles will be collected as soon as possible, but collection may take several days.


By Saturday, October 15, debris removal contractors will begin removing storm-related yard waste from the public right-of-way. Colleton County residents are asked to place any storm-related vegetative yard debris on the public right-of-way. The public right-of-way is the area of residential property that extends from the street to the sidewalk, ditch, utility pole or easement. This area does include City, County, and State Rights-of-Way. This does not include private drives.

Colleton County debris removal contractors will be removing only storm-generated vegetative debris. Do not attempt to place garbage, tires or other household refuse with the disaster debris; it will not be accepted.

Bagged debris should not be placed on the public right-of-way; only loose vegetative yard waste will be collected. Do not place debris near mailboxes, water meters, fire hydrants or any other above-ground utility. In an effort to expedite debris removal and also limit debris disposal costs, residents are asked to place disaster vegetative debris materials (trees, limbs, brush, etc.) in piles in the right-of-way at a minimum 5’ beyond the edge of the roadway for pickup and disposal.

The primary Colleton County Solid Waste Facility on Green Pond Highway will be open during its regular hours to accept storm debris. Please do not take vegetative debris to Colleton County convenience collection sites.

All contractors working debris removal on private property in the City of Walterboro are responsible for disposal. For more information, please visit

This notice does not apply to areas of Edisto Island in Colleton County. These areas will be addressed at a later date.

Your cooperation in these efforts will help make the debris removal operation proceed as smoothly as possible and ensure that the community recovers quickly. You can contact Colleton County Solid Waste with any debris removal questions at 843-893-2313.


Recycling centers in the Georgetown area and western parts of the county are also at capacity for vegetative debris. The only two locations currently accepting vegetative debris are the Landfill on Landfill Dr. (off Hwy. 51) and the Pawleys Island Recycling Center on Grate Ave.

Curbside pickup of hurricane-related debris will be available on public roadways in unincorporated areas of the county that were impacted by flooding. Collection is expected to begin October 17.

Debris must be separated into the following six categories for curbside pickup: electronics, large appliances, household hazardous waste, vegetative debris, construction debris and household garbage. Curbside pickup will not be available on private streets (those with blue street signs). Only hurricane-related debris will be picked up. Large quantities of shingles and other roofing materials from re-roofing jobs will not be collected and must be disposed of via normal procedures.

SCDOT’s contractors will prioritize debris removal based on which areas can be accessed safely for debris removal operations. In some areas, floodwaters and blocked roadways still prevent contractors from reaching debris.

Residents are asked to place any hurricane-related debris they would like removed in the public right-of-way (the area that extends from the street to the sidewalk, ditch, utility pole or easement). Residents should not place debris on the right-of-way if they have or will receive insurance funding to privately dispose of household debris covered by their insurance policy. SCDOT will only collect hurricane-related debris for which residents are not receiving insurance funding for private disposal.

For debris to be picked up, it must be separated into the categories listed above and must be unbagged (with the exception of waste in the household garbage category, which should be bagged). Other than household garbage, only loose debris will be collected. Residents should not place debris near a water meter vault, fire hydrant or any other above-ground utility, and should avoid placing it directly under power lines.

Contractors will make multiple passes through impacted areas. If residents cannot safely set out debris at this time, or if contractors cannot safely enter submerged or blocked areas, additional debris removal passes will be scheduled.



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