West Fertilizer Plant Explosion: What You Need to Know About Cleanup
Follow these guidelines to dispose of wastes properly:
- Think recycling first!
- If it isn't recyclable, find an appropriate landfill.
- Follow our guidelines for disposing of the debris typically produced by a disaster.
If you have questions, contact TCEQ Region 9, Waco, which serves McLennan county. Also, be sure to check with local authorities for their guidance.
Think Recycling First!
Although most materials are not recyclable if damaged by fire, much of the metal, brick, and other debris might be recyclable.
Before you haul anything to a recycling center, call to find out:
- What materials they will accept.
- Whether they will accept materials damaged by fire.
- Whether they charge a fee for recycling. (This depends on the material and its condition. If the material is valuable enough, they might pay you for it.)
Contact local authorities for more information or search the Web for "recycling," your town's name, and "Texas."
Find an Appropriate Landfill
Many wastes can and should be taken to the landfill. Use the guidance below and this list of landfills to find an appropriate landfill near you.
Active municipal solid waste landfills accepting waste from West, Texas:
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Disposing of Typical Wastes From a Disaster
West and its residents will need to dispose of debris. Follow these guidelines to dispose of debris properly.
Cleaning up Debris
Remember some of the debris could be recyclable. Follow these guidelines to separate debris according to type and dispose of it properly:
- Managing Debris from the Fire in West, Texas
- Request for Approval of Temporary Debris Management Site—This form is used by local authorities to ask for permission to set up debris-collection stations.
See lists of landfills above.
For more information about debris management, call the TCEQ Debris Hotline at 800-687-7057.
Outdoor Burning in Texas
The TCEQ offers this publication (RG-49) to help you interpret the Outdoor Burning Rule (30 TAC 111.201-221).