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Summerside and province announce storm debris pickup plans

Map showing the location of Summerside's hurricane Dorian debris drop off location.
Map showing the location of Summerside's hurricane Dorian debris drop off location. - Contributed

The City of Summerside and the provincial government have announced their strategies to clean up the tree and branch debris left behind by hurricane Dorian, but residents should expect the process to take several weeks to complete.  

Residents are asked to pile their tree and branch debris as neatly as possible at the edge of their properties. The smaller the pieces the better.

No schedule for pickups has been announced. Residents are asked to start this process as quickly as possible as the roadside pickups will start immediately. 

However, anyone who misses their street’s first pickup should still put their debris at the curb as crews will be making multiple passes through the city to get as much material as possible. 

Anyone who does not wish to wait for the curbside pickup can take their branches and logs to a communal dump site starting today. 

Wood debris can be dropped off between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the site, which is off the Compton Road in St. Eleanors. The dumpsite will be manned between those hours. 

Residents are asked to only branches and logs. Shingles, leaves and other debris from the storm should be disposed of through the normal Island Waste Management Corporation process. 

The city intends to provide updates on the cleanup process on a weekly basis. 

The province also released its cleanup strategy Tuesday. 

Island Waste Management Corporation is enacting a special storm cleanup effort. 

Tree debris will not be collected with compost cart collection. Regular compost collection will be limited to household organics only during this period.

Storm debris like branches and twigs should be bundled, tied and set out near the road and must weigh less than 50 pounds and four feet or less in length. Do not use plastic bags, feed bags or cardboard boxes for cleanup material. 

Twigs, branches and storm debris can also be taken free of charge to any Waste Watch drop-off centers until Saturday, Sept. 21. Effective Wednesday, Sept. 11, all drop-off centres will be open extended hours, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Saturday, until Sept. 21. Bulk loads do not need to be bagged or tied.

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