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Regular Debris Collections Continue in Brick

70,000 cubic yards collected so far

About 70,000 cubic yards of debris from Superstorm Sandy has been collected so far in Brick, officials said before the Thanksgiving holiday.

The township has entered into a contract with AshBritt to conduct the cleanup, which is eligible for reimbursement by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The company was hired through a state contract, and in the past has managed debris collection after other natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and the Colorado wildfires.

The township has been using the parking lot of the former Foodtown site off Route 70 as a staging area where the debris will be placed before being hauled out of town by AshBritt.

"The trucks are all registered and have a FEMA monitor, and we'll be submitting that for maximum reimbursement," said Business Administrator Scott Pezarras.

Pezarras said that periodic hurricane debris pickups will continue in town, and residents should not call the Public Works department to schedule a bulk pickup of debris.

AshBritt has now taken over the entire debris collection operation as the Public Works department is beginning to transition back to its traditional duties, Pezarras said.

Catherine Sansivieri November 26, 2012 at 11:58 AM
The picture of the debris in the old Foodtown parking lot doesn't even come close to the massive hills of deris there.
maxi November 26, 2012 at 01:33 PM
True. It's so sad to even refer to it as debris....it is literally peoples lives. Heartbreaking.
lifelongBrick November 26, 2012 at 01:41 PM
I Get that it need to go somewhere maybe our town dump away from all the residents & water going threw our town, The Town Didn't want home depot their because of what a NEW building may risk contaminating the soil & water.. BUT this is better Right?? Iam sure that's not contaminating anything (( sarcasm))
DennyD November 26, 2012 at 02:28 PM
What does Juan(I get paid $150K per year) Bellu think of this? What does he do? Anyone?
Diane Andruszko November 26, 2012 at 02:31 PM
We were wondering what do they then do with the debris?
Jerry Belle November 26, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Why would the DEP permit it to be placed there on a temporary basis if it were a hazard to the water system? This is a TEMPORARY event following a MAJOR storm - it's not a Home Depot that would be there for many years....
rob November 26, 2012 at 02:50 PM
When you live near an ocean or body of water you have to except flooding!
Daniel Nee (Editor) November 26, 2012 at 05:00 PM
The picture in this story is of debris in Bayview Park, not the Foodtown "hill."
steve November 26, 2012 at 08:27 PM
the debris will be shipped out of state to a landfill and what can be recycled will be.wood metal ..
Mike November 26, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Right. Because hurricanes making a left turn happen all the time.
KC November 27, 2012 at 05:32 AM
I understand that this is an absolutely monumental task being undertaken and that necessarily some of this collection has to be triaged, but I do think it would be helpful if residents were given some kind of a schedule as to anticipated pickup of debris/possessions. I personally have observed people's belonging out at the curb since Halloween yet neighbors' ravaged items were picked up. I don't mean to be critical here, but I think it important that people see a light at the end of the tunnel where at least their shell of a house can once again appear somewhat normal. God bless all especially those who have incurred major loss and those who are working so hard to help an normalize things here at the shore. We are battered, but not yet beaten.
KC November 27, 2012 at 05:38 AM
This is a major problem not just for Brick Township but where the items will ultimately be landfilled. I wonder if any of the stuff I am seeing could have been salvaged, but people just do not have the space, energy or strength to deal with in light of the catastrophic nature of the pummeling we took.
truth hurts November 27, 2012 at 02:24 PM
I agree was thinking the same thing a new building build to code is one thing, dumping who knows what into the area that is only about 75 feet away from the metedeconk river is another...
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