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Debris is hazardous. It often has sharp or rough edges; it may cause falls; it may contain hazardous material such as asbestos, lead or fiberglass; and it may have been contaminated with chemicals used to fight fires.
When cleaning up debris, assess the types of waste you are dealing with and what the disposal procedures should be. They fall into four main categories and can be disposed of in the following ways:
Items Requiring Special Disposal
- Branches, trees and other vegetation waste can be separated from other debris and later sent to a community mulch site or a permitted disposal site.
- Construction and household debris such as concrete, boards, shingles, windows, siding, pipes, etc., can be taken to the closest landfill.
- Other household items, such as trash and furniture, can be taken to a landfill as well.
- Hazardous wastes should be containerized, labeled and ultimately sent to a facility that is permitted to store, treat or dispose of such materials. In these instances, it is important to contact the department to discuss proper disposal procedures. Appliances must be free of Freon or other CFS before they can be disposed.
- Pool chemicals
- Automobile batteries
- PVC pipe
- Explosives (ammunition, re-loading equipment, black powder, military ordinance, fireworks)
- Fuel containers, metal or plastic
- Pressurized gas cylinders/tanks (propane tanks, acetylene tanks, refrigerant containers)
- Containers of petroleum based liquids, solvents, chemicals, etc.
- Large household appliances (refrigerators, freezers, stoves, washers, dryers, etc.)
- Off-road, gas-powered equipment (lawn mowers, tractors, edgers, leaf blowers and other lawn equipment, chainsaws, 4-wheelers, etc.
- Lawn and garden supplies (fertilizers, pesticides, etc.)
- Radioactive waste
- Industrial/commercial hazardous waste
- Medical waste
- Electrical transformers