The cleanup of debris left in Hurricane Sandy's wake is continuing in Brick, officials said.
The township has entered a contract with AshBritt to conduct the cleanup, which was being funded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The company was hired through a state contract.
In all, 70 pieces of equipment are working approximately 10 to 11 hours per day collecting debris from neighborhoods, Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis said.
As of Nov. 13 – the third day of the contract – the crews have collected 19,915, cubic yards of debris, includig 7,372 cubic yards of vegetative debris.
AshBritt has estimated the total amount of debris that needs to be collected is between 400,000 and 500,000 cubic yards, based on its previous experience cleaning up after similar storms, Acropolis said.
Throughout the cleanup process, the former Foodtown parking lot on Route 70 has been designated and approved by the state Department of Environmental Protection as a staging area and a transitional debris processing station. Debris will be separated into roll-off containers and transported away from the site, in order to expedite the cleaning process.
Citizens are being asked to assist speeding up the debris collection by separating debris into piles at the curbside if possible. The township has asked residents to separate as follows:
- Wood Materials
- Residual Construction and Demolition Materials
- Vegatative Materials
- Household Hazardous Waste
The debris contractor will not be collecting regular household garbage, the township said in a statement. Regular household garbage must still be placed in an automated garbage can, as usual. Excess garbage can be placed at the curb for pickup by township crews.