Dorian Recovery Reminders

  • All residents are asked to have their debris curbside, ready for pick up no later than Monday, October 7.
  • Citizens are reminded that ongoing debris collection excludes non-vegetative bulk items, such as household appliances, bedding and furniture.
  • To ensure an effective collection process, and to allow crews to continue to move throughout neighborhoods as quickly as possible, citizens are asked to separate their garbage from their debris when placing it at the curb and to avoid placing debris beneath low hanging wires or limbs, whenever possible.
  • Homeowners are reminded that any debris and construction materials resulting from home repairs covered by insurance should be removed and disposed of by the private contractor and not put out for municipal pick up.
  • Open burning is not permitted in the city, and citizens are reminded that leaves must be bagged in paper lawn and refuse bags for collection, as loose leaves clog storm drains.
  • Information on the current recycling collection schedule, managed by Charleston County, can be found on their website:
  • Citizens are encouraged to keep sandbags provided by the city through the remainder of hurricane season, which concludes on November 30.
  • The normal street sweeping schedule remains on hold as crews continue to conduct storm cleanup and will resume thereafter.
  • Residents are encouraged to continue to report damage and suspected dumping violations to the city’s Citizen Services Desk at 843-724-7311 during normal business hours.

Background Information on Debris Collection:

Debris Contract

In a typical week, the city picks up 2,400 cubic yards of trash. At that rate, it would take nearly a year and a half to remove the more than 170,000 cubic yards of debris left behind in the city by Dorian. In order to reduce that time dramatically, the City and County of Charleston are working with AshBritt, a debris hauling contractor, and Rostan Solutions for independent monitoring of the debris collection, which is required for FEMA reimbursement.  


Crews are collecting debris throughout the city from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. In addition to the AshBritt crews which are clearing debris in West Ashley, James Island and Johns Island, city crews are collecting debris downtown and in West Ashley, and Berkeley County crews are collecting on Daniel Island and Cainhoy.


The zones that crews are working in are updated on this map:

Where is the staging area?

The city-owned property on Sumar Street is being used as a staging area, so crews that are collecting debris from neighborhoods can empty their trucks and get back to collection as quickly as possible, with special contractor crews hauling debris from the Sumar Street staging area to the burn site each day. 

Where are the burn sites?

There are four available burn site locations for disposal of debris: •    Hyde Park Road, Ravenel
•    Pine Landing Road, Edisto Island
•    Seewee Road, Awendaw
•    Canal Bridge Road, Johns Island