GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A pile of debris at least 30-feet high and 900-feet long at the White Street landfill is only a fraction of what has been collected after the ice storm.
Crews have been working 11-12 hours a day for the past three weeks.
"We're getting there. It's slow going. People don't realize how much debris is out there," said Greensboro Field Operations Deputy Director Chris Marriott. "But we do expect to have our first sweep through all city roads in the next week-and-a-half through the Good Friday holiday."
Once the debris has been collected, a grinder will be used to grind the debris into mulch.
"We will use that at city parks and sell some to city residents," Marriott said. "We will haul it out in tractor-trailers to people with wood-fired boiler so they can use it as energy recovery."
Marriott estimates crews have collected about 5,000 tons so far. Initial total debris estimate across the city was 9,000, so the city is more than halfway done.
The city is asking residents to have debris on the curb by April 21.