Debris Removal - Phase 1 (Household Hazardous Waste)
Trinity County Environmental Health has requested California Department of Toxic Substances Control (“DTSC”) to assist the County and property owners impacted by the Monument Fire. This help will consist of two phases; phase one is removal of household hazardous waste or HHW from the properties effected, starting date September 14th, 2021. This will be followed up with phase two, removal of remaining burn debris, in cooperation with property owners, and CalRecycle (California Department of Resources, Recycling, and Recovery), and CalOES (California Office of Emergency Services), start date unknown at this time.
HHW must be handled separately from other burn debris and cannot be brought to local landfills. Residents are strongly urged to leave all HHW in place - to not remove any HHW or damaged containers of HHW from their properties. HHW includes unused or leftover portions of products that contain toxic chemicals. Products labeled Caution, Warning, Danger, Poison, Toxic, Flammable, or Corrosive are considered hazardous.
Following the HHW removal, County Staff will be in contact with all property owners to initiate phase two for removal of the remaining burn debris from the property. County and State workers will not enter a property for burn debris removal without the express written consent of the home owner, unless it meets the HHW criteria. As all other burn debris removal needs homeowner’s permission. More information on the phase II portion of the cleanup effort, will come shortly.
Examples of Household Hazardous Wastes:
• Auto Batteries
• Auto Fluids
• Used Oil and Oil Filters
• Household Cleaners
• Latex / Oil-Based Paint
• Pool Chemicals
• Propane Tanks (less than 30 gallon)