County offering free debris disposal at landfills through Nov. 13


The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners is providing residents affected by Hurricane Matthew with the opportunity to dump debris at local landfills without paying disposal fees.

From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Nov. 13, residents may dispose of vegetative debris at Republic Nine Mile Road Landfill on 445 International Golf Parkway in St. Augustine or St. Johns County Fairgrounds on 5840 State Road 207 in Elkton. Residents with construction and demolition debris can take it to Tillman Ridge on 3005 Allen Nease Road in Elkton.

Vegetative debris includes trees, branches, limbs, brush and vegetation. Demolition and construction debris includes drywall, flooring and plywood, and flood-damaged household items including furniture. Residents can also dispose of flood-damaged white goods like refrigerators, stoves and dishwashers. Household hazardous waste materials will not be accepted, and contractors and commercial businesses, including landscaping companies, cannot participate in this disposal process.

St. Johns County Director of Communications Michael Ryan said every street in the county will receive an initial pickup of debris by mid-November, with additional inspections and pickups being completed as needed for those areas with significant damage. Since Hurricane Matthew hit on Oct. 7, Ryan said, public works crews have collected approximately 362,110.75 cubic yards of debris, with approximately 62,889.25 cubic yards of debris remaining.