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Disaster Debris Removal

Disaster Debris Right of Way Collection - Notice of Final Pass
Right-of-Way Debris Collection Media Release...
FEMA Approved Communities and Roads for Debris Removal...
Comprehensive Public Roadway Listing
Disposal Options: Waste Hauling Service Providers

Hilton Head Island Debris Hotline: 843-384-3616
The Town's contractor has implemented a Debris Hotline to assist the public in questions
related to storm debris. The hotline is available 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily.

For more than a decade, the Town has had a debris management plan to help guide the Town's debris operations during our response and recovery efforts after a natural disaster. The Town has established, pre-event contracts with Crowder Gulf to remove, reduce, and dispose of disaster generated debris and with Tetra Tech to help monitor the debris operations. Push crews were pre-staged in Bluffton the night of the storm and have been working since Saturday morning.

Upon re-entry after the storm, our first priority was to clear debris from the roads for emergency personnel (fire/rescue and police) and to provide access to critical sites such as the hospital, government facilities, and utilities to get them back in operation. We have almost completed that effort on a priority basis, from major thoroughfares to the local roads. Although the majority of the streets on the island are maintained by others, the Town has agreements with the county, state and several of the private road owners to allow our contractors access to remove disaster generated debris.

Residents should not expect their roadside debris to be collected all at once. However, collection efforts will continue until it is determined that all storm-related debris has been satisfactorily removed.

  • The Town will initially pick up qualifying disaster-related residential storm debris placed along the edge of the road on all publicly-maintained roads. Following this initial response, debris on private streets will be addressed. Commercial properties shall be responsible to address their own debris.

Comprehensive Public Roadway Listing

Tips for Debris Removal

  • DO NOT attempt to handle debris near downed power lines. Contact Palmetto Electric at 843-208-5551 if you have questions about the status of lines near your home.
  • The Town's debris contractors will be responsible for addressing different types of debris at different times.
  • Separate different types of debris to facilitate faster collection: vegetative debris; construction/demolition debris; hazardous waste (paint, pesticides, etc.); appliances or "white goods" (refrigerators, air-conditioning units, etc.). Vegetative Debris consists of whole trees, tree stumps, tree branches, tree trunks and other leafy material.
  • Place debris along the curb or edge of the pavement as soon as possible in anticipation for collection and ensure that you do not impede storm water flow when placing your debris for pick-up.
  • Do not allow the debris to mix.
  • Keep debris away from utilities such as fire hydrants, cable or telephone pedestals to avoid damage during pick up.
  • Residents of multi-family developments may bring their debris to the nearest road right of way and ask their POA to coordinate rights of entry if the road is privately maintained. All multi-family properties within a PUD must coordinate with their respective POA.
  • Follow the Town's web site after a storm to find out more details about debris removal www.hiltonheadislandsc.gov/.

Residential Disaster Debris Drop-Off Locations

Photo of Residential Drop Off SignCitizens Drop-Off Sites will be activated on Friday, October 14, 2016 where the public may drop off their debris. These sites are for residents/residential property owners and not commercial contractors. Residents who would like to dispose of debris themselves will need to bring it to one of the following sites:

  • Coligny Beach Parking Lot at 1 South Forest Beach Drive (to the right)
  • Old Concrete Plant at 111 Leg O Mutton Road, across from Gardner Drive
  • Old Gullah Flea Market Site at 120 William Hilton Parkway, across from Squire Pope Road traffic signal

Effective Monday, February 20th the hours of operation at the three residential disaster debris drop-off sites will be reduced to three (3) days per week (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only) and will be open from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM.

If you are using the Coligny drop-off site; please be sure to dispose of your debris in the designated area, which is the over-flow parking lot to the right of the paved parking lot. Please do not dispose of any debris in the paved parking lot. We appreciate your cooperation.

Household trash will not be accepted at these locations. If you do not have a contracted hauler for your household trash and recycling service, you may take it to the Beaufort County Convenience Center, located at 26 Summit Drive.

Citizen Debris Drop-off Center Map pdf icon

Instructions and citizens guidance for debris drop-off and what you need to know prior to bringing your debris to the designated drop-off sites:

  • These sites are established for landscaping debris, construction debris and white goods (household appliances) only. If you are dropping off a refrigerator or other item that contains freon; please make sure that you have a contractor remove the freon before bringing it to the site. There will be designated areas for each type of debris.
  • You must bring with you proof of residency within the Town of Hilton Head Island, such as your drivers license that shows a Hilton Head Island address or a copy of your Beaufort County Tax records. Please remember that communities such as Moss Creek and Windmill Harbor do not lie within the Town of Hilton Head Island.
  • No commercial businesses will be permitted on-site. For example, if you contract with an entity to do any tree removal or home repairs; they are not permitted on this site to dispose of any debris.
  • No household trash will be accepted. Household trash will be accepted at the Beaufort County Convenience Center, located at 26 Summit Drive, or from a waste hauler that you have previously contracted with.
  • The site locations will be open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM..
  • There are no limitations on the amount of debris or number of visits that you may need to make to these designated sites.
  • There will be debris monitors on-site to monitor the debris operations; however, they cannot assist with unloading debris from your vehicles. Make sure that you can or someone accompanying you can facilitate that process safely.

Additional sites may be established depending on need and will continually be evaluated. A drop-off site is to be determined for household hazardous waste. Please read information below concerning household hazardous waste:

Household Hazardous Waste

When returning to flood-damaged homes and buildings, be alert for leaking containers and household chemicals, such as caustic drain cleaners and chlorine bleach. Keep children and pets away from leaking or spilled chemicals. Do not combine chemicals to avoid dangerous or violent reactions. Do not dump chemicals down storm sewers, drains, or toilets. Mark and set aside unbroken containers until they can be properly disposed of.

Health and safety in handling your storm debris is very important; please be aware and take the necessary precautions in dealing with materials that contain lead, sediment and asbestos:

Lead in Damaged Materials or Debris

  • Homes built before 1978 are likely to contain lead-based paint, which may flake after being soaked by floodwater. Lead is a toxic metal that causes many negative health effects, especially in children. Disturbing materials containing lead-based paint may release lead dust into the air. If you suspect that debris in your home is contaminated with such paint, seek help from public health authorities or specially trained contractors.

Contaminant Sediment

  • The sediment left behind by receding flood water often contains a wide variety of pollutants. They can include fuel oils, gasoline, human and animal waste, metals, and other material. Health officials caution against contact with sediment, if possible. If you do come in contact with it, wash any exposed skin with soap and water and change into clean clothing.

Asbestos and Lead in Debris

  • Older buildings may contain asbestos and lead. Pipe or other insulation, ceiling tiles, exterior siding, roof shingles, and sprayed-on soundproofing may contain asbestos. Disturbing materials containing lead-based paint may release lead dust into the air. If your home contains asbestos or lead-based paint and any of these materials have been damaged or will be disturbed during cleanup, contact public health authorities.

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Citizen Debris Drop-off Center Map pdf icon

Comprehensive Public Roadway Listing

Waste Hauling Service Providers

Request for Town Assistance Clearing Debris from Private Road Rights-of-way pdf icon

Yard and Tree Debris "Removal"

  • No debris from a commercial location can be placed in the Town's Right-of-Way. Owners and contractors must arrange to haul it to an off-Island disposal site.
  • Residential debris may be pushed to the property's edge BUT IF the owner wants the debris REMOVED, the owner may take it to a Citizen's Drop-off Site. Contractors must arrange for an off-Island disposal site. 
  • No debris can be removed from a residential or commercial property and dumped elsewhere in the Town of Hilton Head Island.

Violators illegally dumping will be immediately ticketed and fines
are up to $1,092.50 per occurrence.


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