After the Storm: Getting Rid of Debris

The rules in local jurisdictions

Thursday, Jul 5, 2012  |  Updated 4:35 PM EDT
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After the Storm: Getting Rid of Debris

It’s been nearly a week since severe storms rocked our region, but downed tree limbs and wires continue to be a sore sight in area streets and yards. If you’ve accumulated a nice pile of branches and other debris and want to get rid of it, you’ve got some options.

Here are the rules for what you should do with piles of debris in area jurisdictions:

Virginia

  • Fairfax: Residents can take debris to the I-66 Transfer Station and the I-95 Solid Waste Complexes daily. Debris will also be collected curbside in bundles of less than 4 feet in length, less than 6 inches in diameter, and less than 50 pounds.
  • Prince William: County doesn’t collect debris. Residents should check with their private haulers. If the private hauler won’t pick up the debris, residents should take debris to the County landfill or the Balls Ford Road Facility free of charge.
  • Loudoun: County doesn’t pick up debris. Residents should check with their Homeowners Association, and can also take debris to the Loudoun County landfill
  • Arlington: The county is expecting for storm debris pick-up to last 2-3 weeks. County will collect debris during curbside pickup. Residents are asked to follow regular guidelines (cut limbs to less than 18 inches than diameter and less than 10 feet long). Residents can also take debris to the Trade Center at 4300 29th Street. The Trade Center is open from 7:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. weekdays, and on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and residents are asked to make an appointment.
  • City of Alexandria: All debris should be no larger than 2-3 inches in diameter, no longer than 4 feet in length and weigh no more than 75 pounds. Debris is collected during normal trash pick-up. Logs and stumps will not be collected, and residents are encouraged to take those items to the Covanta facility on Eisenhower Ave.

Maryland

  • Montgomery: The Division of Solid Waste Services will collect branches and limbs up to 4 feet in length and 4 inches in diameter in bundles that weigh up to 45 pounds and 30 inches or less in diameter on your regular recycling day. Just set them out on the curbside. If possible, set them out over several weeks rather than all at once. If limbs and branches are too large, bring them to the Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station (no charge to do this).
  • Prince George’s: Those that have normal yard waste collection can put limbs out at the curb. However, the limbs cannot exceed 4 feet in the length, 3 inches in diameter, and must be securely tied. Pickup is on regularly scheduled collection day. Residents can also take debris to Brown Station Road Sanitary Landfill in Upper Marlboro. Residents can take drop off debris free of charge through Friday, July 6th.

DC

  • DC: The Department of Public Works will remove branches that are cut into 4' lengths and tied into bundles no more than 2' in diameter until Saturday, July 7th. These items can be placed where the residents' trash is collected or they may bring them to the Ft. Totten Transfer Station, 4900 John F. McCormack Road, NE, weekdays between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., or Saturday, July 7, between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

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