CalRecycle Projects

Video: CalRecycle 2015 Wildfire Debris Removal EffortsCalRecycle 2015 Wildfire Debris Removal Efforts
CalRecycle was tasked by Governor Brown’s Office of Emergency Services to coordinate the cleanup efforts for the 2015 wildfires in Lake, Calaveras, and Trinity Counties. This video chronicles the progress of CalRecycle and federal/state/local partner agencies. For more information on the cleanup, please see CalRecycle’s 2015 Wildfire Cleanups page | YouTube (00:05:11) | Transcript (2015)


On Sept. 15, 2014, a wildfire swept through the city of WeedBoles Fire Cleanup 
On Sept. 15, 2014, a wildfire swept through the city of Weed, a rural community of 3,000 in Siskiyou County. More than 150 homes were damaged or destroyed. CalRecycle was asked by the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services to manage the cleanup and quickly mobilized work crews, including local companies. The cleanup was kept firmly on schedule, and by the end of October all of the sites had been cleared. Approximately 30,000 tons of material were ultimately removed, including 21,000 tons of debris, ash, and soil; more than 8,000 tons of concrete; and 485 tons of metal. For more information on the cleanup, please see CalRecycle’s Boles Fire Cleanup webpage. | YouTube (00:03:25) | Transcript (2014)


Butte County CleanupButte County Cleanup 
Butte County used $45,000 from a CalRecycle grant for a cleanup project where illegal dumping had fouled privately owned agricultural land. More than 3,600 illegally dumped old tires, 60 cubic yards of household trash, and two old mobile homes were removed from the illegal dump site. CalRecycle awarded the grant through its Farm and Ranch Solid Waste Cleanup and Abatement Grant Program, which pays for the removal of small illegal dump sites on rural lands where the property owner is not responsible for the illegal dumping. YouTube (00:08:02) | Transcript (2012)


Cleanup Helps San Bruno Neighborhood Rebuild After Pipeline ExplosionCleanup Helps San Bruno Neighborhood Rebuild After Pipeline Explosion 
In fall 2010 the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), along with many local, State, federal, and private sector partners, successfully completed work to clean up 35 home sites destroyed in a San Bruno, Calif., natural gas pipeline explosion. Fifty-eight percent of all waste removed during the project was diverted from landfills and the neighborhood is now ready to rebuild. YouTube (00:08:01) | Transcript (2010)

Delta CleanupDelta Cleanup
The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) is responsible for investigation, cleanup, and enforcement of illegal solid waste disposal sites in California. Through its Solid Waste Disposal Site Cleanup Program, CalRecycle recently took on the challenge of removing abandoned vessels from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, which provides drinking water to two-thirds of the state. Along the way, CalRecycle discovered the remains of an important World War II Coast Guard cutter, and helped preserve its place in history as the only Coast Guard vessel to host a Japanese surrender at the end of the war. The cleanup program is funded through tipping fees collected when non-hazardous waste is deposited in landfills, currently $1.40/ton. About $5 million is allocated annually for a variety of program activities to clean up or prevent illegal dumping throughout California and encourage environmental preservation. YouTube (00:14:01) | Transcript (2011)


Two U.S. flags, burned debris, and house number 829 on sign.Angora Fire Debris Removal Case Study Video 
On June 24, 2007, the Angora Fire erupted near beautiful South Lake Tahoe and left behind a devastating 3,100 acres charred and 257 properties destroyed. The California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) was charged with implementing an unprecedented debris removal project. The CIWMB accomplished the clean-up efforts in record time allowing hundreds of residents to quickly rebuild their homes and their lives. This video captures these extraordinary efforts and the process taken by the CIWMB, County of El Dorado, and Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. YouTube (00:16:39) | Chair’s remarks at one-year anniversary (2008).

View of Santa Cruz Island coast.Santa Cruz Island Clean-Up (4:40)
Thanks to a partnership of public and nonprofit organizations, a precious jewel of California’s coast is being restored to its natural habitat. In April 2008, a major clean-up project on Santa Cruz Island was completed, accelerating an ambitious restoration project led by The Nature Conservancy and supported by the National Park Service and the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle). YouTube (00:04:40)