Debris Management

When disaster strikes, debris management is the key to returning to normalcy. When managing your household debris, understanding how to separate the different debris types with determine how quickly it will be picked up and processed. 

Debris Separation

Localities frequently ask residents to sort debris into various categories.

Electronics. Examples: television, computer, audio equipment, phone, DVD player

Hazardous Waste. Examples: oil, batteries, pesticides, cleaning supplies, compressed gas, paints. (Note: If you suspect that materials contain lead-based paint, keep them moist or contain materials in plastic bags so that the paint does not become airborne.)

Construction and Demolition debris. Examples: lumber, roofing, and other structural debris strewn by storm

Household Garbage. Examples: bagged garbage, discarded food, paper, packaging • Large Appliances/white goods. Examples: refrigerator, washer/dryer, air conditioner, stove, water heater, dishwasher. (Note: Do not leave doors unsealed or unsecured.)

Vegetative Debris. Examples: trees, tree branches, logs, plants, leaves

Do not place debris on or near downed power lines or close to utility boxes.


Your local officials will tell you what’s authorized and what isn’t for pickup near the public right-of-way as well as how to place it there. Debris should not block the roadway.

Placing debris near or on trees, poles or other structures makes removal difficult. This includes fire hydrants and meters.

Demolition, Repair and Reconstruction Debris

Examples include building materials, drywall, lumber, carpet, furniture and plumbing. Demolition, repair and reconstruction by a contractor hired by a property owner generally includes removal and disposal of materials

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