The Consolidated Debris Removal Program (Program) has two phases: removal of household hazardous waste and removal of other fire-related debris.
Phase I: Household Hazardous Waste Removal
In Phase I, local government, state and federal agencies have organized teams of experts from the California State Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) to inspect your property and remove any household hazardous waste that may pose a threat to human health, animals, and the environment such as batteries, herbicide, pesticide, propane tanks, asbestos siding, and paints. Phase I is automatic and includes both residential and commercial properties destroyed by the fire.
Phase I is underway. EPA and DTSC will only conduct household hazardous waste removal operations in areas where evacuation orders have been lifted. EPA is coordinating closely with the Paradise Police Department and the Butte County Sheriff’s Office to ensure EPA and DTSC crews are only in areas where residents have had the opportunity to return.
Phase II: Debris Removal and Property Clean-up
In Phase II, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and local officials coordinate with the State’s Debris Task Force and its Debris Management Teams (DMT) to conduct fire-related debris removal from your property if you have elected to participate in the program by completing and signing a Right-of-Entry (ROE) Form.
You can learn more at www.buttecountyrecovers.org/debrisremoval