California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Integrated Waste Management Disaster Plan

Chapter 4: Temporary Storage Sites Checklist

Step 1: determine need for facilities

  • Review preliminary damage survey results.
  • Estimate types and quantities of debris to be handled.
  • Determine if existing facilities have capacity for expected volumes and types of debris.
  • Consider options to increase capacity:
  • expand existing facilities;
  • haul to intermediate sites and reduce through recycling;
  • establish new recycling, processing facilities; and
  • site temporary storage area.

Step 2: develop criteria to evaluate potential sites

  • length of storage time;
  • real estate costs;
  • truck size;
  • location;
  • site operations;
  • sufficient capacity;
  • collection;
  • security and signage;
  • ease of accessibility;
  • traffic conditions;
  • roadway condition;
  • length of haul; and
  • equipment needed.

Step 3: identify temporary storage sites

  • Prepare list of potential sites using criteria developed in step 2
  • Consider range of sites:
  • recycling facility;
  • landfill;
  • transfer station;
  • vacant lot;
  • corporation yard;
  • parks;
  • parking lot;
  • right-of-way;
  • city/county-owned land; and
  • private property.

Step 4: review emergency waiver of standards regulations

  • Local Enforcement Agency (LEA) can issue "emergency waiver of standards" to solid waste facilities operator upon request for:
  • temporary relief from specific state minimum solid waste standards or terms or conditions of solid waste facilities permit;
  • establish a locally-approved temporary transfer or processing site.
  • Solid waste facility operator submits written request to LEA.
  • LEA may grant a waiver upon m aking findings:
  • operator holds a valid solid waste facilities permit;
  • waiver will not pose a threat to public health and safety of the environment; and
  • operator identifies and implements, to the extent feasible, diversion programs to maximize diversion through reuse, recycling, or composting of disaster-related waste.
  • LEA grants waiver for 120 days.

Step 5: identify permits or variances

  • Identify agencies responsible for issuing permit/variance.
  • Determine time needed to process permit application.
  • Use local authority to designated temporary storage areas.
  • Consider developing pre-approved waiver to site temporary storage areas.

Step 6: perform environmental review of site

  • Conduct baseline assessment,using baseline data checklist below:
  • Before activities begin
  • take ground or aerial video/photographs;
  • note important features, such as structure; fences, culverts, and landscaping;
  • take random soil samples;
  • take water samples from existing wells; and
  • check the site for volatile organic compounds.
  • After activities begin
  • establish groundwater monitoring wells;
  • take groundwater samples; and
  • take spot soil samples at household hazardous waste, ash, and fuel storage areas.
  • Progressive updates
  • update videos/photographs;
  • update maps/sketches of site layout; and
  • update quality assurance reports, fuel spills, etc.
  • Develop environmental monitoring plan.
  • If using private property, have landowner sign liability waiver.
  • Make note of any nearby surface water which might receive runoff from the site.

Step 7: prepare a site development and operation plan

  • Write Site Development Plan for daily and long-term operations.
  • Inspect incoming loads.
  • Develop contingency plan and procedures for hazardous wastes, if found.
  • Segregate materials in consolidated stockpiles.
  • Keep non-disaster waste separate from disaster waste.
  • Identify processing techniques and equipment to be used based upon materials to be collected.

Step 8: prepare inspection and site management guidelines

  • Designate a disaster debris manager.
  • Establish inspection stands at site, depending on basis for payment .
  • Develop tracking system for weight tickets, if used as verification for payment.

Step 9: prepare a site restoration plan

  • Identify the processing and removal of materials from the site.
  • Develop environmental monitoring plan to include baseline monitoring and testing for contamination.
  • Restore site to its original condition.

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