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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

According to the “Planning for Natural Disaster Debris” guidance document, communities are challenged with large amounts of debris generated by natural disasters every year. Proper planning for disaster debris provides benefits such as the protection of human health, compliance with regulations, reduction of injuries, and minimization or prevention of environmental impacts. A key part of the guidance document recommends identifying strategies to maximize the recycling and recovery of materials to prevent the generation of additional waste and lessen the burden on disposal facilities. Planning for each potential waste stream and pre-negotiating contracts will help ensure the proper and safe recycling and recovery of disaster debris.

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:

Safety

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