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.