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City's Hurricane Harvey debris collection still in progress

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The City of Corpus Christi is still picking up brush debris that was left over from Hurricane Harvey. 

The first cycle collection is expected to be completed sometime this week. 

More than a 150 thousand cubic yards of debris has been collected in the past month. 

Most of the first cycle of collection has been taken and piled high across the street from the J.C. Elliot Transfer Station. 

"286 has been turn into a site, a debris management site approved by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. What we are doing there is bring all the clean brush, and going to grind it and use it for beneficial use. Turn it into fine mulch, or use it in our slopes in the landfill to prevent any erosion," said Disposal Compliance Superintendent Tony Benavides. 

City workers have been going non-stop. They are working 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

"We are collecting anywhere from 40-60 thousand yards a week of clean brush. We have picked up enough brush in basically a month that we would have picked up in 2 years," said Benavides. 

The city's second round of collections is expected to get started next week. That is when city crews will be collecting debris that includes bulky items like construction materials and fencing. 

"If you want to bring your brush, you can bring it to the transfer station, and we are open 8-5 Monday through Saturday. Our contractors are working from 7am till 7pm Monday through Sunday," said Benavides. 

All the debris at the temporary debris management site should be all cleared out by the end of next month. 

Residents also are reminded that driveways, streets and storm drains should not be blocked with debris. 

Trees must be cut up and placed in a pile on the curbside. Household hazardous waste will not be picked up curbside. 

Residents also are asked not to place trash in recycling bins. The mixing causes contamination and all items are thrown away. Only recyclable items should be placed in the blue bin. 

In an effort to keep everyone updated, citizens can now visit www.cctexas.com/debrispickup  for the latest on the progress. 

DOs & DON'Ts FOR BRUSH/STORM DEBRIS PICKUP

DO:

  • Place debris in separate piles on the curbside
  • Create a pile each for heavy brush and vegetation (these include leaves, logs, plants, trees, and tree branches)
  • Cut large tree branches into smaller pieces and place them in a pile for heavy brush and vegetation on the curbside
  • Place small piles of brush and debris in the green cart for collection, provided the lid can still close
  • Create a separate pile for storm debris (this includes building or construction materials, drywall, carpet, furniture, lumber, mattresses, and plumbing)
  • Create a separate pile for household appliances (refrigerators and freezers should not contain any food items and have their doors removed for safety)
  • To have refrigerators picked up, call (361) 826-CITY (2489) and all other appliances can be taken to the J.C. Elliott Transfer Station.

DON'T:

  • Place debris under power lines or low hanging trees
  • Park cars or place obstructions near curbside brush which will prevent cleanup crews from removing items safely and efficiently
  • Place hazardous waste out as it is not being collected but it can be taken to the J.C. Elliott Transfer Station at Highway 286 and Ayers Street
  • Place recyclable items in the green bin (it is for trash only)
  • Place brush or trash in the blue bin (it is for recyclables only)
  • Block storm drains when setting brush out for curbside pickup
  • Block sidewalks and driveways when setting brush out for curbside pickup

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