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Posted on: September 14, 2018

Sandbag Disposal for Newport News Residents

Many people picked-up sandbags from the City or purchased them to use during Hurricane Florence. Below are instructions on how to dispose of sandbags.


Used Sandbags

If sandbags have been in contact with floodwaters, they are considered contaminated. It is recommended you wear gloves when handling used sandbags. 


Used sand and sandbags are not collectible items for trash carts or bulk pickup. The City has designated the following locations as used sandbag drop-off sites. 

•    North – Recovery Operations Center, 550 Atkinson Way, collection indefinitely during normal business hours: Monday-Saturday, 8-4 p.m.

•    Central – Public Works Operations Building, 511 Oyster Point Road, anytime between September 17 – October 1.

•    South – Public Works Site Disposal, 48th Street and Roanoke Avenue (outside fence), anytime from September 17 – October 1.


Unused, Dry Sandbags

Dry sandbags can be reused for flood prevention or emptied and used in a variety of ways, including:

•    Fill material/spread in flower gardens

•    Top dress your yard with the sand. Sprinkle the sand in small depressions and the grass will grow over top of it.


DO NOT USE the sand in children’s sandboxes or school yards or dispose of it on beaches.


Empty sandbags can be discarded in trash cans with household garbage.

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