Storm Debris Pick-up

While a fleet of contracted trucks gathers storm debris inside the Houston City Limits, people out in the county's unincorporated areas are wondering when their debris will be picked up. Jim Bell has the answer.

County officials say only that the debris will be picked up soon.  Spokeswoman Dimetra Hamilton at the Harris County Disaster Recovery Center says more than two hundred trucks from three contracted firms are making the rounds and people just need to be patient.

"We are coming to get it. We do have them on the list. To date we have picked up over 200 thousand cubic yards of debris, but we have four to five million cubic yards to be expected to pick up. You know, we are truckin' as fast as we can."

Most unincorporated areas have private trash pickup, and the biggest of those, Waste Management, is not picking up storm debris.  Spokeswoman Lisa Doughty says they pick up household garbage only.

"And we're asking that you put that in bags, and separate it from the storm debris at your curb.  And we are running on schedule."

Doughty says people who don't want to wait for the trucks can take their storm debris to one of six drop-off sites around the county.  Call 1-800-207-2325 to find the site nearest you. 

Jim Bell, KUHF, Houston Public Radio News.