Safe Disposal of Fire Structure Debris & Ash Guidance

Our thoughts are with our customers as they return home from fire evacuations and start the difficult process of cleaning up property damages and start the rebuilding process.

The safety of our customers, employees, and communities are always our first priority. Fire debris can contain many types of hazardous materials such as asbestos, mercury, lead, cadmium, chromium, household chemicals, medical waste, and a variety of other chemicals. This ash particularly dangerous when inhaled. In addition, the disposal of these materials requires special handling, preparation, material testing, and final disposal protocols.

Southern Oregon Sanitation will accept fire debris for disposal at our Redwood Transfer Station and through our drop box rentals however; we are required to adhere to the final disposal requirements set forth by the Dry Creek Landfill.

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Please note, Dry Creek Landfill does not accept refuse from the public and all disposal of material must be done at a local transfer station or transported by a waste hauler.

Southern Oregon Sanitation Disposal Requirements

Testing Requirements:

  • All structural debris must be tested for hazardous materials including asbestos by a Licensed Asbestos Contractor and an asbestos-free certification must accompany the material upon disposal.
  • Ash & soil must also be tested for heavy metals and hazardous chemicals as noted in the Dry Creek Landfill Contaminated Soil process before we can send the material for final disposal.
  • If any structural debris, ash or soil is positive for asbestos, TCP metals (ie. Arsenic, Barium, Cadmium, Chromium, Lead, Mercury, Selenium, and silver), TPH (total petroleum hydrocarbons), or other hazardous materials, please contact us for additional assistance on how it can be properly disposed.

Disposal Requirements:

  • Ensure all fire destroyed debris and ash is completely cooled with no sign of potential re ignition.
  • Ash and soil must be fully wrapped and enclosed in a minimum of 6 ml plastic whether it us brought to the transfer station or received in a drop box. We have 6 ml plastic sheeting available for purchase to use in our 20 yard and 30 yard drop boxes. For more information on our drop box rentals and process, click here.

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