Disaster Debris Removal Contracts

State of California’s Consolidated Debris Removal and Hazard Tree Removal Program



CalRecycle is frequently mission tasked by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) to manage a program that coordinates structural disaster debris and hazardous tree removal operations. Contractors interested can obtain information on contract solicitations specific to disaster debris and hazard tree removal services and other disaster-related emergency projects.

To maximize readiness for future disasters, CalRecycle invites contractors to prequalify and tell us about their capabilities and experience.

Attention Disaster Debris Contractors

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Disaster Debris and Hazard Tree Removal Services- Prequalification List

To increase efficiency and deploy clean-up crews as quickly as possible after a disaster, CalRecycle is now prequalifying contractors.

The process has two stages:

  • Stage 1 of solicitation is to prequalify.
  • Stage 2 happens when an incident occurs.
    • CalRecycle will provide prequalified contractors with an incident-specific scope of work so that contractors may submit bids.
Debris Removal and Hazard Tree Removal Program

Interactive Map of Prequalified Contractors

This interactive GIS map highlights prequalified contractors to encourage partnerships, joint ventures, and contractor-subcontractor relationships. Users can quickly identify who is prequalified to work in different regions throughout the state.

Map Guide

Click on a county and scroll through contractors prequalified to remove debris in that region.

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Additional Information

Subscribe to CalRecycle’s Emergency Debris Recovery Contracts Listserv if you would like to be notified when emergencies require post-incident contractor assistance.

Common needs include:

  • Debris or tree removal and disposal services
  • Debris assessments, monitoring, and environmental consulting services

Explore prior awarded disaster debris contracts.


Stage 1

In Stage 1 CalRecycle accepts prequalification application packages through the online submittal portal on an ongoing basis.
CalRecycle transitioned to an electronic bid platform to improve both the prequalification process and the Request for Bid.

For questions on the new system, support, or guidance, contact CalRecycle contracts at contracts@calrecycle.ca.gov.

  • Contractors will submit prequalification application packages for specific categories and regions for either:
    • The debris removal function
    • The hazard tree removal function
    • Or both
  • Since incidents happen without warning, contractors are advised to submit applications as soon as possible.
  • CalRecycle will post a notice on this page to notify all interested parties not previously prequalified that they may submit a prequalification application package within five (5) days.
    • Contractors whose prequalification application packages are received beyond five (5) days will not be eligible to participate in Stage 2 for the noticed incident

Previous Stage 1 documents - Reference only (PQ052322)

Stage 2

During Stage 2, CalRecycle issues a Request for Bid (RFB) once:

  • The Governor’s Office declares a disaster and
  • Cal OES assigns a mission to CalRecycle.

The Request for Bid will be issued to all prequalified contractors:

  • In specific category
  • In the relevant region
  • Qualifying for the number of parcels and hazardous trees

Interested prequalified contractors shall submit bids via the online submittal portal following the Stage 2 instructions posted by CalRecycle.

The Department of General Services Procurement Division (DGS-PD) has established a Master Service Agreement (MSA) for Assessment and Monitoring (A&M) Services for Disaster Debris and Hazard Tree Removal (MSA-5-22-99-33-01 through MSA-5-22-99-33-08).

The MSA is a Leveraged Procurement Agreement (LPA) available to state and local agencies. The MSA Contract Detail page includes:

  • All the sections and exhibits to the MSA for the Rank 1 contractor, Tetra Tech, Inc., MSA-5-22-99-33-04.
  • The User Instructions include detailed guidance on how to order services.