Tornados: Dealing with Debris
Follow these guidelines to dispose of tornado wastes properly:
- Think recycling first!
- Manage debris properly.
- If it isn't recyclable, find an appropriate landfill.
If you have questions, contact the TCEQ regional office that serves your county. Also, be sure to check with local authorities for their guidance.
Think Recycling First!
Much of the metal, brick, and other debris left in a tornado's track 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 a storm
- 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.)
See the TCEQ’s Web page about recycling options.
Managing Your Debris
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 Declared Disasters
- 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 list of landfills below.
Outdoor Burning in Texas
The TCEQ offers this publication (RG-49) to help you interpret the Outdoor Burning Rule (30 TAC 111.201-221).
Find an Appropriate Landfill
Many wastes can and should be taken to the landfill.