The final stage of debris removal in Richmond County began Monday.
The phase begins at the Savannah River and moves south until every street is complete. All debris was supposed to have been placed curbside by Sunday in order to guarantee removal.
After streets are cleared, a quality assurance supervisor from the city’s monitoring contractor will inspect them to ensure they are clean and then close them out, according to a news release. Contractors will not return to a street after it is declared clean.
Any small items that cannot be picked up by the large contractor equipment should be placed into brown yard bags for normal collected on normal collection days. Normal collection rules will apply.
Streets within the city limits of Hephzibah or along state highways maintained by the Georgia Department of Transportation do not fall under the same guidelines. Those areas will have separate cleanups.
Illegal dumping to starting to cause problems in Columbia County, where crews are continuing a “second pass” to pick up debris that was put out late or missed during the first pass. Contractors will not make a third pass.
Pam Tucker, director of Columbia County Emergency and Operations Division, said people are continuing to dump debris on roadways and private roads which violates county ordinances and state laws and is punishable by severe fines and penalties.
Anyone who sees illegal dumping on any Columbia County right of way is asked to note the time, date, location, vehicle description and tag number and a description of the person dumping and report the information to Columbia County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 541-2800. The public is asked to never confront anyone who might be illegally dumping.