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Wildfire Debris Cleanups. In the aftermath of the 2017 wildfires, CalRecycle managed debris cleanup in Butte, Nevada, and Yuba counties, and assisted federal agencies’ cleanup efforts in Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, and Lake counties.

Please see our Wildfire Debris Cleanup and Recovery page for updates on cleanup information for 2018 wildfires.

The debris left after a major disaster such as an earthquake, fire, or flood can be massive and can create its own set of public health and safety problems. The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) is committed to assuring that solid waste is properly managed in the event of a natural disaster or emergency.

One of CalRecycle's goals is to assist in the expeditious recovery of areas affected by natural disasters or emergencies while providing for the protection of public health and safety. To the greatest degree feasible, CalRecycle will form partnerships with local jurisdictions in the development of debris management plans to recycle, reuse, or otherwise divert disaster debris from disposal. More detailed information for local governments regarding the handling of disaster waste/debris, links to jurisdictions emergency plans and emergency-preparedness webpages is available on the Resources and Contacts page.

CalRecycle prepared a disaster management plan in consultation with the Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES) with input from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), local enforcement agencies (LEA), local emergency services personnel, local solid waste coordinators, and the public.