SC Debris Removal Prohibited 9-15-20 16:36 DC

(Official from SC County)


Fire debris removal from damaged properties is prohibited by local health order until property owners receive a hazard assessment and approval from environmental health authorities.

Fire-damaged debris will not be accepted at any County waste facility and placement in residential or commercial trash collection bins will result in bins not being accepted by GreenWaste. Removal of hazardous waste must be completed by federal, state and local jurisdictions working under safe handling guidelines. Failure to follow these practices could jeopardize financial assistance and delay the rebuilding process.

“Fire debris can be toxic and needs special handling and disposal procedures,” Santa Cruz County Environmental Health Director Dr. Marilyn Underwood said. “It is critical that the public refrain from removing any fire-damaged debris from their property.”

Phase I hazardous debris removal will be completed at no cost to CZU Lightning Complex survivors with the assistance of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) and the Santa Cruz County Environmental Health Division (SCCEHD). All other debris removal must have an approved plan from the Environmental Health Division prior to removal. USEPA officials are working with the County, and the County will post information about progress on the Fire Recovery website at once available.

Detailed information on debris removal, including an FAQ, is available at