Wildfire Support

Our thoughts are with the families and businesses affected by the devastating wildfires in our community. Republic Services and Coffin Butte Landfill understand the desire to clean up and begin the rebuilding process and we stand by to help.

Fire debris can contain many types of hazardous materials, including:

  • Tiny particles of dust, dirt, and soot that can easily become airborne and inhaled
  • Toxic amounts of heavy metals including arsenic, cadmium, copper, lead and mercury
  • Asbestos
  • Material such as propane tanks, air conditioners, batteries, cleaning products, pesticides, and herbicides that are hazardous or require special handling and disposal

Before you haul wildfire debris:

  • Check with your insurance company and options with FEMA
  • If you decide to haul material yourself or hire a contractor, please read the acceptance policy for Coffin Butte Landfill
  • Please do not haul wildfire debris to the Salem Keizer Transfer Station. It must be properly evaluated and disposed of at Coffin Butte

Special requirements for transporting and disposing of wildfire debris include: 

  • Before entering any area impacted by wildfire, clearance from the appropriate governmental authorities supervising the fire remediation and cleanup process should be obtained, and any applicable procedures and guidelines followed.
  • Any cleanup of fire impacted properties should be conducted by professionals who have the appropriate expertise for these activities.
  • The area should be cleared of all fire and potential for fire recurrence and should be safe from unstable structures, hazardous materials, falling vegetation, open pipes, burning gas, propane tanks and other hazards.
  • Appropriate personal protective equipment including N-95 masks, gloves, long shirts and pants, safety glasses and stout shoes should be worn.
  • Appropriate procedures should be followed when leaving such an area, including potentially changing shoes and removing outer layers of clothing.
  • Ash should not be disturbed to the greatest extent possible.

Remediation of property destroyed or damaged by wildfire can be dangerous and should be approached with caution.

The area should be deemed safe by state and local authorities prior to remediation and cleanup activities. No wildfire debris should be transported for disposal unless it has been fully extinguished with no hot spots or risk of re-ignition.

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The above information is subject to change based on additional guidelines imposed by governmental agencies supervising the fire and cleanup activities and also to changes that may be implemented by Coffin Butte Landfill in order to protect its employees and the environment or to comply with applicable laws, permits or due to operational considerations.