City of Gulfport announces debris pick-up system
The City of Gulfport is reinstating rules for debris pickup, starting today.
As of today, debris piles located south of I-10 will be picked up the first two full weeks of each month. Piles north of the interstate will be picked up the last two weeks of the month.
Additionally, each residence and business that pays for city services will have one monthly debris pickup.
Beginning May 1st, citations will be issued if debris piles contain non-approved items.
The city is not responsible for disposing of hazardous waste, mattresses and furniture, tires and engine parts, home appliances, or contractor/commercial debris. Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes said, “We have had an ordinance on the books since 1963 and there are certain things we can and will pick up. But since Hurricane Katrina, we have picked up any and everything and anything that is put out and it is really amazes me how much trash gets put on the side of the road, but it’s gotten out of hand in Gulfport. So, we are just doing a public awareness campaign, doing a big clean sweep, picking up everything we can.”
Approved items include shrubbery, leaves, tree limbs, and sticks.
Piles should be no more than six feet long, six feet wide, and six feet tall.
City contractors have ordered cameras for their trucks for video evidence if challenged on illegal dumping.