Biloxi closes hurricane debris collection sites

The City of Biloxi announced today that all Hurricane Ivan debris collection sites are now closed, and residents dumping hurricane debris could be subject to receiving a ticket for illegal dumping.

The sites had been at Yankie Stadium, Bay Vista and Woolmarket fire stations, near the Margaret Sherry library and at the Biloxi Sports Complex. A site at Hiller Park was closed on Friday. The city had opened the debris collection sites on Sept. 17, providing residents more than a month to haul debris.

Mayor A.J. Holloway reported over the weekend that contractors were completing their first debris sweep of the city.

“The latest report I heard was that we’ve picked up about 26,000 cubic yards of debris,” Holloway said, “and we still have a little more to go. To put that in perspective, we had between 177,000 and 200,000 cubic yards of debris from Hurricane Georges.”

Any remaining debris will be picked up by city contractors on their second sweep of the city, or residents can haul it themselves to Coastal Recyclers landfill on Hudson-Krohn Road (392-0690). There is a $5 fee per pickup truck load of debris.