Debris disposal fee waived for storm victims
by Amanda Stegall
May 04, 2011 | 2381 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Storm debris along Richards Road.
JOHNETTE DAWSON/The Daily Tribune News
Storm debris along Richards Road. JOHNETTE DAWSON/The Daily Tribune News
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Cleaning up the aftermath of the April 27 tornado has been a difficult but smooth process for most.

"There are two types of debris," said Ripley Connor, director of the Bartow County Department of Solid Waste, "construction and demolition material, and tree."

Ideally, anyone bringing debris to the landfill should already sorted out the different types. Normally, a fee is in place at $20 per ton, but for storm victims that fee has been waived.

"We have an affidavit for victims to fill out, and we have a list of addresses that have been affected to match it with," Connor said, explaining the issue of some people claiming to be a victim of the severe weather and take advantage of the helpful services. "One guy came here claiming to have tree debris early the next morning from Etowah Drive ... there was no damage there."

Connor also said that FEMA inspects the piles of material at the landfill after sorting has taken place. That information is then documented by FEMA and the county may be able to receive funding for the services provided to help with the recovery process.

In conjunction with clean-up efforts, the Environmental Protection Division's open burning ban began Sunday. The ban prohibits citizens and businesses from burning yard and land clearing-debris. There also is a statewide year-round ban on burning household garbage.

For more information on the open burning ban and exemptions to the rule, call the Air Protection Branch at 404-363-7000 or visit the website at www. georgiaair.org/airpermit/html/planningsupport/openburning/index.html.