Storm Debris Pickup

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The city appreciates the patience and cooperation of our citizens as storm clean-up continues.

Storm debris pickup

Storm debris for the City of Wilmington will be picked up by DRC Emergency Services (DRC), which is the separate company contracted by the city to pick up more than 1 million cubic yards of storm debris – including vegetative debris and construction/demolition debris - from Hurricane Florence.

There will be two passes for debris clean up. While storm debris is being picked up, there will be no restrictions on the amount of debris that can be picked up and tree limbs for pick up can be up to 12-feet long. DRC will collect storm-related debris from street rights-of-way. Their initial focus will be vegetative debris along public streets in residential areas. Residents are asked to put out their storm debris by the curb as soon as it is ready for pickup.

: Vegetative debris must be separated from construction/demolition debris, bagged yard waste, bulky items, electronics, trash and recycling. IF ITEMS ARE NOT PROPERLY SEPARATED, EXPECT A DELAY IN COLLECTION. View the image below to see the proper way to prepare items for collection. 

Below is a map showing where DRC crews are picking up vegetative debris within the Wilmington city limits as of Friday, Oct. 12. Click on the image to view an interactive map.

View an interactive map that shows the status of debris pickup progress and upcoming areas to be serviced by grid/zone. The map will be updated daily.


Below is a map showing where DRC crews are picking up construction & demolition debris within the Wilmington city limits as of Friday, Oct. 12. Dates indicate when crews are expected to pick up in each area. Click on the image to view an interactive map.

Construction and demolition pick up map

When cleaning your yard after the storm:

  • Place small debris such as leaves, pine cones, etc. in containers or bags for City of Wilmington crews to pick up.
  • Do not blow leaves and other debris into streets or storm drains–the debris eventually reaches storm drains, causing flooding in low-lying areas during heavy rains.
  • Limbs may be up to 12-feet in length. If possible, place smaller pieces on top of larger pieces and try to consolidate piles with neighbors.
  • Place debris piles at least 3-feet from mailboxes, fire hydrants, drainage ditches, sign posts and utility equipment and no further than 5-feet from the road. 
  • Do not block public roadways or drivers’ vision with debris or place piles directly under power lines.
  • Separate vegetative debris (branches, leaves, etc.) from construction and demolition debris (tile, carpet, drywall, etc.). All storm debris will be collected by the city’s outside contractor.
  • Crews will pick up debris in rights-of-way such as sidewalks or medians but cannot pick up debris on private property.
  • Any streets or homes blocked by debris or standing water may not be collected.
  • Debris in alleys should be placed at the curb for collection.


View the graphic below to see guidelines for how the city's contractors will pick up storm debris.


Click to view guidelines on preparing storm-related debris for pickup.

Get information on the city's Recycling & Trash Services.

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