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Examining the Waste and Wreckage Created by Hurricane Sandy

Last updated 4 years ago

On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy made landfall near Atlantic City, N.J. This powerful storm cut a path of destruction across much of New England and the Mid-Atlantic area, destroying cars and buildings and leaving large quantities of debris in its wake. The ongoing cleanup process will involve filling hundreds or thousands of dumpsters with waste and wreckage to clear public areas and private lands of trash.

As homeowners and business owners across the state begin to rebuild their property, timely trash removal has become the most important public service that local authorities can provide. Winds of more than 90 mph brought down telephone poles, tore apart fences, shattered vehicles, and spread refuse across miles of coastline. Flood waters carried rivers of debris down city streets. In the wake of the storm, some cities in New Jersey are routinely dumping more than five times their average daily amount of trash, while more and more still piles up in the streets every day.

So what kinds of materials end up in these huge loads of trash? Sandy devastated everything in its path, so in addition to organic waste such as tree branches and plant material, the post-hurricane wreckage includes everything from ruined groceries and merchandise to broken bicycles and mattresses. Some homes have experienced such extensive damage that owners are tearing down walls, ripping up water-soaked carpets, and getting rid of waterlogged furniture as they completely gut their interiors to start all over again.

Many of these materials are recyclable, however, and it would be a waste of valuable—and much-needed—resources to throw all the hurricane refuse into landfills without first sorting them to identify any reusable or recyclable components. of New Jersey can provide you or your neighborhood with large dumpsters to organize and dispose of your hurricane wreckage. In the aftermath of this disaster, let us help make your cleanup and rebuilding labors as effortless as possible. Call us at (888) 772-7368 to find out rates and sizes for dumpsters in your area. 


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