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Mayor Extends Flood Damage Drop-offs

Friday August 14, 2009

3 drop-off sites for hardest-hit areas to remain open an extra week

Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today that the three free flood debris drop-off sites will remain open daily through Sunday, August 23. The Outer Loop landfill has also agreed to extend flood debris drop-off an additional weekend – Saturday and Sunday, August 22-23.

“We’ve been monitoring the daily drop-offs at each of the three sites, and several hundred citizens are still using them every day,” said Abramson. “Since demand is still high, we decided to keep the free sites open a bit longer.”

More than 5,000 truckloads of flood-damaged belongings have been dumped at drop-off sites since the August 4 flash flood.

Three Neighborhood Drop-off Sites

The free drop-off sites will be open from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily through Sunday, August 23. Gates will close promptly at 8 p.m. Sites will be staffed 24 hours a day to make sure items are not dumped outside of the scheduled hours. Each site will have several large dumpsters to deposit flood-damaged household goods.

Residents must unload their own vehicles.

The three sites are:

· Morris-Forman Treatment Plant, 4522 Algonquin Parkway

· Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, Green Parking Lot, Floyd Street just south of Central Ave.

· Old Phillip Morris Plant parking lot, 18th and Broadway

Acceptable flood damaged items include:

· Furniture

· Carpeting

· Clothing

· Appliances (there will be a special dumpster for appliances with Freon, such as refrigerators and air conditioning units)

Unacceptable items include:

· Yard waste and tree limbs

· Construction materials

· Tires

· Raw garbage

No contractors will be allowed to dump items at the free drop-off sites. Commercial vehicles, vehicles larger than a pickup truck or those with trailers larger than 8 feet will not be allowed on the sites. License plates will be verified for residency; no out of town vehicles will be allowed to visit these sites.

Household Hazardous Materials Accepted at Drop-Off Sites

Each drop-off site is now accepting household hazardous waste that has been damaged by floodwaters. Acceptable items include pesticides, fertilizers, swimming pool chemicals, gasoline, fluorescent light bulbs and many more. A complete list can be found at

Low-cost Drop-off at Outer Loop Landfill for Next Two Weekends

Citizens who are unable to dispose of flood damaged items through their regular garbage collection may take it to the Waste Management Landfill at 2673 Outer Loop.

The landfill will be open the next two weekends: August 15-16 and August 22-23.

Hours are Saturdays 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pickup trucks and passenger vehicles may dump at the landfill for $16 per load.

Larger vehicles, including double-axle trucks and trailers exceeding 8 feet will be charged $30 per ton (one-ton minimum). Residents who bring a pickup truck and a trailer will be charged twice; first, the pickup truck rate of $16, and then per-ton rate will apply to the trailer.

Commercial trucks and contractors will be charged the standard commercial rate.

The list of acceptable and unacceptable items is the same as above with two exceptions:

  • will allow raw garbage in bags
  • will not allow appliances with Freon

Waste Reduction Center Continues Normal Operations

People who wish to dispose of bulk waste throughout the year may take up to three household items, at no charge, to the Waste Reduction Center at 636 Meriwether Ave. Hours of operation are Tuesday – Friday, from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Saturday from

8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Regular guidelines apply. Visit the Solid Waste Management website at or call MetroCall at 311 or 574-5000 for information.