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Brick Continues Sandy Debris Cleanup

Foodtown lot being used as a staging area

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:

  • Metals
  • Wood Materials
  • Dirt/Sediment
  • Concrete
  • Tires
  • Glass
  • 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.

Slippery Slope November 15, 2012 at 12:45 PM
I noticed this yesterday. It made me wonder again, who owns this "Foodtown" site? We were told that the town had sold the property a few years ago. Then the old building was demolished and we were told the new owners paid for the demolition. Then a GOP campaign trailer/sign was illegally placed there before an election. Now we are dumping township debris there. The property is NOT on the township tax rolls, therefore it is still owned by the town. Who is telling the lies and why?
DeepSigh November 15, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Perfect spot for the potential to pollute the watershed. I wonder what the plan is to prevent the runoff from getting into the Metedeconk AFTER those bales of hey are gone. Any heavy toxins will drain to the surface from all that unknown waste and be washed away after the site is 'cleared'. In the meantime, where do the bales direct the runoff... to the storm drains?
Slippery Slope November 15, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Do you realize how much "runoff" happened during the hurricane? The river and bay smell like diesel fuel.
Constance M. Keane November 15, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Any info on turn on in Shore Acres/Cedar Island Rd. area. Many homes are in good condition just waiting to get some heat. ARe inspectors out and about. All we need is some information. Why doesn't any Brick personel have information. I know they are all trying to do their job so why don't the "officials" give them some info to pass along to the taxpayers.?? Ckeane, South View Court.
Ben Y November 15, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Oh take a hike you partian hack. I lost my home and belongings. I am glad they are at least helping my family by picking up the mounds of garbage in from of what I have left of my home. Go back under your rock.
Mary Wilson November 15, 2012 at 01:49 PM
I just went past there this morning on my way to work - and never mind the run-off, or who owns the area. What about the poor people in that area that just lost everything? They pick THAT site as the place to dump it?? So now these people who lost their lives have to drive by it every day, and see it magnified by thousands... Smart Move. Very disappointing Brick - shame on you!!
Ken November 15, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Mary In an effort to get things cleaned up as fast as they can it is more efficient to create a "transfer site". I think the old foodtown site is perfect for it. The second step would be to start removing the debris from the after screening and sorting it so the right debris goes where it should saving us tax payers thousands of dollars in disposal costs. I guess they could have used the high school fields or something like that if that would be more to your liking!
DeepSigh November 15, 2012 at 03:13 PM
I'm well aware of the effect on the bay and everywhere else but, we couldn't help that. That shouldn't give us a free pass to make any mistakes without due care. I don't drink from the bay but several towns get their drinking water from the area directly behind that site. Nothing wrong with making sure they don't make a bad situation worse.
DeepSigh November 15, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Logistiaclly, it's proably the bets site in town to stage everything. You're assuming people feel worse looking at a bigger pile of their belonings than having it sit in theoir front yard. Driving around my neighborhood is quite depressing seeing everyone's house emptied onto their lawns. This will be the first stage of moving forward. That giant pile will also serve as a sign to others that the situation was far more devistating to certain neighborhoods than to most in town that were lucky enough to only have a few branches to clear.
jan November 15, 2012 at 05:10 PM
I agree that it is probably the best site to use as a staging area for cleanup, but I almost wish there was something obstructing the view of the pile from the road. It is quite upsetting to drive past and see mounds of peoples belongings, garbage, drywall, etc....I can't imagine what that must feel like for those who've suffered the loss of their home. I wonder the time frame they will need before they are able to fully remove all.of the debris from.that lot.
Joseph Woolston Brick November 15, 2012 at 07:36 PM
I'm wondering how many Darwin rejects have moved into to Brick? That pile of garbage at the Foodtown site is not a garbage pile,It's a funeral pyre! I get choked up every time I drive by it. To see what our fellow neighbors have lost is just overwhelming and that's just their belongings sitting out there, can you imagine what their homes look like? All you complainers, why don't you give it a rest for awhile and be grateful that you were spared and help the others out there weren't!
Slippery Slope November 15, 2012 at 09:27 PM
""Private Property. Beach Club Members Only". I wonder what happened to all of the "Keep Out, Home Owners Association" signs that were posted along the entrance to all the beach front communities on the barrier island? Are non residents allowed in to help now, or are we still forbidden from entering these private fiefdoms?
WMS826 November 15, 2012 at 09:49 PM
I agree with the above. If the town does not plow the street, if I as a citizen cannot drive down it, then the problem belongs to the property owners.
Don Smith November 15, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Just for the record I have had a home on the island in my family for 74 years. I have never owned a beach badge. My beach welcomed anyone who came by. We would often frown at the empty beer cans they would leave but we were always an open beach. You do realize that below the high water mark belongs to the state. The beaches are an economic draw for us all. I spend several thousand dollars in the local community every season between the boat yard and other suppies. Brick has been an important part of my life every year from April till thanks giving weekend. Collectively we supply 1/3 of your property tax and never sent a child to your schools. We employ your youth as life guards even though they often don't see the people in the water over what is walking down the beach.
WMS826 November 15, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Tell that to the people of Mantoloking and LBI. Tell that to the private company that owns Jenks. Why should I pay to have this restored if they make a profit off of me or if I cant use the beach. Will the "state" come in and do things for me since I live inland and not on the water or is my backyard my own problem.
Slippery Slope November 16, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Mantoloking Shores actually had gates with locks that could be closed to keep non residents off the streets. "Private Road" it said. all the other "Beach Associations " had similar warning signs.
Lori Morrison November 16, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Can anyone tell me how long the contract is for with AshBritt? We need to start cleaning out our family home this weekend, and I need to know how long we have to get this done. Also, are they picking up furniture like couches or mattresses?
Don Smith November 16, 2012 at 01:33 AM
I was not from that beach.
Missing Brick November 16, 2012 at 04:03 AM
I don't know where they should put it, but I for one, was glad when the 20' long x 10' high pile of my ruined belongings was carried away so I could start a new one. I can only imagine how much worse the feeling is on LBI and we should all be extending our sympathies not worrying about who was allowed on who's beach before the storm. I'm ok with my tax dollars helping those who need it. It's called compassion folks. (& I am not a member of any private beach and never have been.)
Marian Colton November 17, 2012 at 05:02 PM
I'm praying for all who've lost so much. I'll also pray for those of you who have so much to say today. This is a time for "pulling together" not for tearing each other apart. We're all going to lose alot since Sandy hit... Life will never be the same, again. But we are going to need each other's strengths to continue on! So, how about calling a truce in honor of Thanksgiving...?
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