Predisaster Preparation

Being familiar with the following information will help a jurisdiction be prepared when faced with disaster waste.

Integrated Waste Management Disaster Plan. The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery’s (CalRecycle)model disaster plan provides guidance to the disaster preparedness planning efforts of local government, and provides case studies, sample memoranda of understanding (MOU), and other examples.

Tracking disaster waste. To claim a deduction for disaster waste, you must be able to substantiate the tonnage claimed. Having a plan in place for tracking disaster tonnage prior to a disaster will make it easier to obtain this information. If you do not know whether the disposal facility used by your jurisdiction has contingency plans for tracking disaster waste, contact the disposal reporting system (DRS) coordinator in the county in which the facility is located.

Reporting year disposal tonnage modification request form. (CalRecycle 876) Use this form when claiming a disposal deduction for disaster waste. The form should be submitted as part of your annual report. Required information regarding the disaster includes verification that the disaster was declared an emergency and a description of the diversion programs implemented to maximize the diversion of the disaster materials.

Requirements to attempt to divert disaster waste to claim deduction. Jurisdictions should be aware they need to make all feasible efforts to reuse, recycle, or compost disaster wastes for their deduction claim to be considered (California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 14, Division 7, Chapter 9, Article 9, section 18794.2 (g)(2). Examples of successful diversion programs put in place in response to disasters in California are included in Chapter 17 of the Integrated Waste Management Disaster Plan.


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