Emergency/Disaster Debris Site Closure Guidance

Closure should be accomplished within six (6) months of initial site approval. 

Once a site is no longer needed, it should be closed in accordance with the following guidelines.  Closure is not considered complete until the following occurs:

Material Removal

1. All processed and unprocessed vegetative material and inert debris shall be removed to a properly approved solid waste management site.

2. Tires must be disposed of at a scrap tire collection/processing facility; white goods and other metal scrap should be separated for recycling.

3. Ash from approved air curtain burning operations shall be removed and disposed (completely cooled) at a properly permitted municipal solid waste landfill or land applied in accordance with the Division guidelines.

4. All other materials (e.g. unrecoverable metals, insulation, wall board, plastics, roofing material, painted wood, and other material from demolished buildings) that is not inert debris (see #1 above) as well as inert debris that is mixed with such materials shall be removed to a properly permitted C&D recycling facility, C&D landfill, or municipal solid waste landfill.


Site shall be stabilized with erosion control measures, including establishment of vegetative cover, in accordance with regulations of the Division of Land Quality.

Agency Approval

The Division of Waste Management shall review any temporary site to determine if the closure provisions outlined herein have been adequately addressed.

Site Re-approval

Sites that were approved as temporary staging or processing sites will require time extension approval from the Division of Waste Management for continuing reduction processing after six months.

Sites shall be managed and monitored in accordance with the Solid Waste Management Rules and to prevent threats to the environment or public health.