What to do with yard waste from the ice storm

AUGUSTA, Ga.--The storm is over but the cleanup is just beginning. Just about every yard has limbs and leaves littering the ground. Some are worse off than others, but as everyone works to clean up, the debris piles are growing.

News 12 is on your side to let you know what to do with all of that yard waste.

A steady stream of trucks in Richmond County are dumping debris in a huge pile at Eisenhower Park in Augusta. Alva Knight, a heavy equipment operator with the City of Augusta says, "By the day, by the minute, it's growing bigger and bigger."

If you live in Richmond County, you can drop your yard waste at four different locations:
1. Eisenhower Park
2. Lake Olmstead by the CSRA Humane Society
3. Carrie Mays Park
4. County landfill

But, if you aren't able to drop it off, you can cut limbs and trees into pieces no larger than 5-6 feet and wait for city workers to come get it.

Knight says, "You can stick it out by your curb, but we don't have a time set that we're going to get to it."

If you live in Columbia County, you need to get yard waste to the curb before Wednesday morning. Crews will work to pick up pieces, no larger than 10 feet, but the county is warning people to expect the process to take up to 45 days.

In Aiken County, you should drop yard waste off at the landfill in Graniteville, but expect wait times upwards of 2 hours.

Brian Wilner says, "When I got here, I had 40 cars in front of me."

Grady Whitlaw says, " I figured it would be bad, but not this bad."

To receive disaster relief funds, the county has to report the weight of the yard debris. They're weighing each truck load in and out, causing a back up.

In Aiken County, you also have the option of leaving your debris out by the curb, but the county warns that it could be a long time before it gets picked up.

ALLENDALE COUNTY: Allendale County Emergency Management Agency has provided the following instructions for citizens who are looking to dispose of their own wood debris (trees and limbs):
- Separate all wood debris (trees and limbs) from all other household debris
- Place all wood debris (trees and limbs) on the road side in front of property out of the way of traffic
- All wood debris (trees and limbs) can be taken to all convenient centers which will be open 7am to 6pm this week only.
- The Allendale Center will only take household debris items
- The former Youth Challenge site located at 196 Airport Loop, Allendale SC, 29810 will also accept all wood debris (trees and limbs)
Allendale County Council has waived fees for electrical services for repairs only.
"The debris documentation and removal process can be long and tedious and we appreciate everyone's patients as we continue to recover for the winter storm that has affected so many of us," Said Gidget Stanley-Banks the Allendale County Emergency Manager.
For more information on debris removal please contact the Allendale County Emergency Management Agency between the hours of 9am and 5pm Monday through Friday at 803-584-4081. Or you can follow us on Facebook at Allendale County Emergency Management Agency.

BURKE COUNTY: Drop yard debris off at the landfill for no charge. You can also place it in the right of way for pickup, and workers will get to it when possible.

EDGEFIELD COUNTY: County workers say drop it off at the recycling center closest to where you live.

MCDUFFIE COUNTY: Drop it off at the solid waste office on Mesena Road. There will be no charge, but you are asked to separate it.

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