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Beaufort clarifies debris pickup rules

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BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) -

Residents who live in Beaufort continue to have yard debris as part of their monthly service. However, they need to pay extra to have large or bulky items removed. 

In Beaufort, there is no limit on the number of bags of normal yard debris that can picked up curbside each week as long as the rules are followed, according a city news release.  

Under the rules, no bag can weigh more than 50 pounds and bundled items cannot be longer than 4 feet or weigh more than 50 pounds. 

Items that are exceed the 50-pound limit or larger than 4 feet, such as furniture or appliances, can be removed by Waste Pro at an extra cost. Residents must make arrangements with Waste Pro.

Waste Pro cannot put extra charges on residents' water bill, according to the city. So residents must contact the company for a quote for pickup of items that fall outside the rules. 

"There's been some confusion this summer about what the City and Waste Pro will and won't pick up," said Beaufort City Manager Scott Dadson in a statement. "For us, it's business as usual with our continued service to our residents. We just need people's help to be sure the basic rules are followed." 

There may have been confusion about Beaufort's trash pickup rules when Port Royal officials discussed outsourcing solid waste collection and Waste Pro submitted proposals, according to the city. 

"We listened to our community and City Council decided to increase the monthly waste collection fee by $2.70 per month to be able to continue to provide our same level of service," Dadson said in a statement. "Our decision had nothing to do with what Port Royal was considering, but I can understand how people might've gotten mixed up." 

The city reminds residents and contractors to avoid blowing or raking leaves and grass cuttings into the street. Instead, those materials should be bagged for pickup by Waste Pro. 

For information or to share complaints or compliments about Beaufort trash pickup, call City of Beaufort Public Works Dept. at 843.525.7054 ext. #2 or Waste Pro at 843.645.4100. Or fill out an online form at http://cityofbeaufort.org/sanitation.aspx.

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