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Disaster Debris Recovery Tool

Disaster Debris Recovery Tool

EPA Region 5 has developed an interactive mapping tool of 12 types of recyclers and landfills that manage disaster debris. This tool provides information and locations of over 6,000 facilities throughout Region 5 and surrounding states capable of managing different materials which may be found in disaster debris.

The tool can be used by disaster response, recovery and planning experts to advance the safe recovery, recycling, and disposal of disaster debris. It is expanding coverage of states and territories to support sustainable disaster debris management.

Disaster Debris Recovery Tool - December 2017

Region 5 state plans and guidance

Region 5 states have established debris management plans or guidance, many of which focus on flood-related disasters:The following links exit the site Exit

Basic Information

Safe, proper and timely management of debris is an essential but often overlooked component of an emergency response or disaster incident. Debris management is also one of many competing priorities agencies must manage during such events. It is important that disaster debris be properly managed so as to protect human health, comply with regulations, conserve disposal capacity, reduce injuries, and minimize or prevent environmental impacts. It involves advance thought, planning and coordination among individuals at various levels of government and the private sector with experience and expertise in waste management.

Links for planners and incident responders

Federal Agency Resources

The following federal agencies have developed guidance, training, manuals or programs:

Tools & References

Training Resources

There are numerous training courses focused on debris management sponsored by FEMA and offered locally through state emergency management offices:


Resources for safety considerations during initial assessment, sampling, removal, staging, transportation, and recovery/disposal operations: