Emergency/Disaster Debris Management

North Carolina has hundreds of pre-approved disaster debris sites across the state.  For information about pre-approved sites in a particular county or to request that sites be activated to receive disaster debris, please contact the Regional Environmental Specialist for that county.  Sites are only listed as active when in use, and can only be activated by the site contact. 

To view a map of currently active debris sites, please see the Solid Waste Section's Interactive Mapping Application of Active Temporary Debris Storage and Reduction Sites.

***While these sites might be available for disaster debris, please contact your local government for direction on waste disposal procedures following an emergency or disaster.  The best way to dispose of most storm debris – especially debris from damaged mobile homes, houses and other buildings – is to rely on your county or municipality’s waste disposal services or haul your waste to a permitted municipal solid waste landfill.  Please click here to view a press release regarding proper waste disposal after Hurricane Matthew.***

Effective January 1, 2021, the establishment of temporary debris storage and reduction sites (TDSRs) and the management of debris and wastes regulated under 15A NCAC 13B are required to meet the provisions of rule 15A NCAC 13B .0208(b) in order to be temporarily exempt from solid waste permitting requirements.

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The Division of Waste Management Solid Waste Section offered disaster debris management training for solid waste managers, emergency managers, and public works personnel in Wilmington on June 15, 2017.  Training was provided by staff with the Section’s Field Operations Branch, the NCDEQ Division of Air Quality, NCDOT State Maintenance Operations, the NCDPS Emergency Management Public Assistance Program, and the Onslow County Solid Waste Department.