Beaufort County Guidelines for Citizens and Contractors Placing Debris on
Vegetative debris that falls on a property as a result of the impact of Hurricane Matthew may be moved to the right of way in front of the owner’s property where the debris originated. The debris can be cut up into manageable pieces but cannot be placed in the right of way if it has been processed such as grinding into mulch. The property owner may choose to hire a contractor to cut and move the debris to the right of way at their own expense. Again the contractor must place the debris on the right of way in front of the property where the debris originated.
Contractors are not allowed to dump “Processed” material from private property in the right of way. They must take such material to an approved landfill or processing facility for disposal at their expense. Contractors are cautioned it constitutes a violation of law under South Carolina Statute 16-11-700 “Dumping litter on private or public property prohibited”. Violation of this statute will result in a monetary fine or up to thirty days in jail.
All debris being removed in the right of way by the County debris removal contractor is certified as eligible debris and then is transported to a debris management site where it is reduced. Anyone that witnesses illegal dumping in the right of way or onto private property should contact the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.