FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – Transportation Cabinet contractors in eastern Kentucky will soon end flood debris collections from state and county rights of way and designated community drop-off sites after substantial progress over the past two months to retrieve eligible residential debris along roadsides.
Residents are now being asked to move any remaining eligible, unbagged debris to state or county rights of way by Tuesday, Nov. 1. On that date crews will spend the next two weeks making final rounds to collect debris in Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Knott, Letcher, Perry and Pike counties. In addition, designated community drop-off sites will be closing.
“The aftermath of Eastern Kentucky flooding left unimaginable wreckage,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “But crews have been hard at work, collecting more than 142,000 tons of debris along roadways to help Kentuckians recover. These crews have done amazing work, and because of their efforts the right-of-way debris removal efforts are winding down.”
Residents unable to meet the deadline should follow up with their county fiscal court to pursue further private property debris removal by county-selected contractors.
A national company, AshBritt, through competitive bidding, was awarded a contract by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for removal of debris from state right of way and waterways.
“Our waterway debris collection effort still continues as crews work to remove hazards in and along streams,” said Transportation Secretary Jim Gray. “Intentionally placing debris in streams without a permit is illegal and can cause flooding and pollute water.”
To date, crews have removed 220,764 tons of debris from waterways.
The only debris eligible for pick-up includes:
Flood damaged materials: non-recyclable materials such as drywall, asphalt shingles, sinks, tubs and floor tiles; non-recyclable building contents and personal items, such as carpeting and rugs, furniture and clothing.
Electronic waste: electrical or electronic devices such as TVs, computers, printers, radios and small appliances.
Household hazardous waste: paints, cleaners, oils, batteries and pesticides. They must be in a secured container and not leaking in any way. However, nothing can be bagged.
White goods: large appliances such as stoves, refrigerators, freezers, washing machines and dryers. Residents are cautioned to follow local government guidelines for disposal of refrigerators, which must be free of rotted food if placed outside for pickup.
Vegetative materials: debris from trees, limbs, brush, leaves.
Debris not eligible for pickup includes demolition materials, commercial property debris, any debris on private property, bagged debris, as well as common household trash and recyclables.
Kentuckians with ineligible debris should contact their county fiscal court to learn whether they qualify for and can seek individualized FEMA approval for the collection of those items.