Dougherty County's new contractor for debris collection wraps up first week


    Even though Hurricane Michael hit southwest Georgia more than four months ago, debris removal continues in Dougherty County//Photo: Kailey McCarthy

    Even though Hurricane Michael hit southwest Georgia more than four months ago, debris removal continues in Dougherty County.

    Ceres, the new contractor for debris pick-up, just finished up its first week in the county.

    Dougherty County Public Works crews picked up debris in between contractors.

    Since January, the county and Ceres have picked up 36,000 cubic yards of debris, which adds up to more than 900 loads.

    Assistant Public Works Director Chucky Mathis says it's important to set out your qualified debris, such as vegetation and tree limbs.

    "It is debris that is a result of the hurricane," said Mathis. "It's not yard clippings or leaves or pine straw, that's not qualified debris."

    Ceres is almost done with its first round of pick-up, after that, the contractor will come back around for one final sweep.

    Mathis says he expects Ceres to be finished in the Dougherty County by the end of March, if not sooner.

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