Debris pile up at disposal sites

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – The County is taking in debris for free, but that'll soon change. After Halloween, the county will charge regular fees for debris drop off.

Bulldozers waste no time pushing up piles of debris while a steady flow of drop offs continue to come in almost a month after hurricane Irene.

"This is my third time bringing stuff here," said resident Chris Pittman

Luckily for Chris it's been all free of charge, something the county felt compelled to do.

"People were suffering and experiencing a lot of difficulties, some didn't have electricity and a lot of pain with the citizens so we wanted to make it as convenient as possible so they had an easy outlet to get rid of this material," said Charles Dane of General Services in Chesterfield County.

Like many of the guys who haul truck loads of tree limbs and stumps here, Mike Solomon brings in debris collected from his neighbors as well as his home.

He and others have been here during the busiest of times.

"The weekend following, we had hundreds of cars at the site and that's why we opened up the additional sites. We anticipated that would happen and we were putting several thousand cars a day through the sites dropping off material," said Dane.

Dan says you can fill 45 football fields about a foot deep just from all the debris collected since hurricane Irene.

Chesterfield County had 5 sites open for free disposal.

But starting Monday, September 26th, only two sites will remain open, operating back at normal hours - one on 3200 Warbro Road: 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and the other on 6700 Landfill Drive: 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

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