The old Perry Elementary School site is filling up with debris left over from Hurricane Matthew after the company contracting with the city started piling it up Tuesday morning.
“We have that site approved as a staging area for debris by the Georgia Environmental Protect Division,” said Rick Charnock, assistant manager of Brunswick’s Public Works Department. “It will be there until it can be ground up and transported out of the area. We chose the site because it is centrally located and is large enough for the operation.”
The city contracted with Ceres Environmental Services Inc., out of Sarasota, Fla. to pick up and haul the debris and is under a separate contract with Witt O’Brien’s, a debris management company, to monitor the process, something that’s mandated by FEMA for financial accountability purposes.
Ceres crews started at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning in the southeast section of Brunswick, between 4th Avenue and L Street and from Lee Street going east. They will also be working from the north city limit line going south on the west side of Brunswick, between Newcastle Street and Altama Avenue.
Multiple trucks are working those areas. Crews will make two passes. Any additional debris after the first will be picked up on the second pass.
Charnock said it’s difficult to provide a more detailed schedule because some areas take longer than others to clear.
“All people need to do is pile their debris at the curbside,” Charnock said. “We cannot provide them with an exact date it will be picked up because we don’t know. We do know that if it’s piled at the curb, wherever you live in Brunswick, it will be picked up.”
Crews will also pick up other material damaged by the storm but it must be separated from the limbs and trees.
“If debris and damaged materials are mixed together in the piles, it’s contaminated and will not be picked up because it can’t be ground for mulch, which makes it affordable to get rid of,” Charnock said.
Ceres will work without the assistance of the city’s public works department to pick up the debris.
Ceres is picking up all the debris so there is no confusion with getting payment from FEMA, according to Charnock.
“We will occasionally have to pull a city worker to trim hanging tree limbs and such, but no city staff will be picking up debris,” Charnock said.