Household Hazardous Waste & Debris Removal
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Phase 1 - Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Sweeps
Phase 1 is the removal of household hazardous waste (HHW) following an inspection of burned property for materials that may pose a threat to human health, animals, and the environment such as batteries, asbestos siding, propane tanks, and paints. Phase 1 will be coordinated in conjunction with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal EPA), and California Department of Toxic Substance Controls (Cal DTSC). Phase 1 work is tentatively scheduled to be completed in Santa Rosa's Glass Fire burn area the week of November 2.
Check map to determine if your property will require a Phase 1 HHW sweep
Help to ensure there is access to your property! If you know your property has a locked gate, burned access bridge, or other barrier that may prohibit the State’s contractor from being able to gain entry to your property for Phase 1, please contact the Sonoma County Hazardous Materials Unit at (707) 565-2024, so that we may coordinate access in advance.
Phase 2 – Fire Debris Removal
Phase 2 is the removal of the remaining structural ash and debris as well as soil testing to ensure the site is clean, safe for rebuilding, and free of potentially leached toxins.fter the Phase 1 HHW Sweep is complete and the property owner has been given proper authorization to begin Phase 2 by the City of Santa Rosa.
Property owners have two options for completing Phase 2:
Option 1: Public
(government-sponsored) Debris Removal Program
The State has announced that a government-sponsored debris removal program will be available for property owners of eligible destroyed residential structures. A "Right of Entry" (ROE) form will be required to participate in this program. The ROE form and all details about this program will be available on this webpage soon.
In exchange for the debris removal performed through the government-sponsored program, the property owner agrees that any insurance proceeds in their homeowner's insurance policy designated for debris removal will be collected by the government agency managing the debris removal process. Property owners are not required to pay any additional money to the government agency other than designated debris proceeds in their policies. In no event shall the amount of insurance proceeds paid to to the government agency exceed the costs charged by its contractor(s). In the event a property needs additional debris removal after the government agency's contractor has completed the removal under the ROE, all expenses incurred by a property owner for such additional removal will be paid first, and the remainder (if any) will be turned over to the managing government agency.
Option 2: Private Debris Clean-Up
Property owners who do not qualify for, or who chose not to participate in, the public (government-sponsored) debris removal program, must hire a properly licensed private contractor to remove fire debris and clean up their properties. Residents of the City of Santa Rosa, who wish to move forward with private cleanup, must submit a "Glass Fire Debris Removal Application" to the City, prior to the commencement of work. Private debris removal must meet or exceed the standards set by the City of Santa Rosa. This includes compliance with all legal requirements for disposal, authorized disposal sites, best management practices for activities on site, proper transportation and documentation of waste, and erosion control. Property owners may not do the work themselves unless they possess the required certification/ license.
Property owners who wish to pursue a private contractor to perform Phase 2 debris removal work on their property will bear the costs associated with Phase 2. If you have homeowner’s insurance, debris removal costs may be covered under your policy, and we recommend you consult with your insurance carrier to confirm how much of your policy is dedicated to debris removal.
Download a Glass Fire Private Debris Removal Application
Requesting a Phase 2 Exemption for Minor Burn Debris Removal/ Cleanup
A property may be approved for an exemption from Phase 2 debris removal if the only burned debris on the property is from:
- A fence
- Non-structural wood material
- Non-residential structure(s) that combined total less than 120 square feet
Download the Santa Rosa Glass Fire Debris Removal Conditional Exemption Requirements and Application