Every year, California faces the threat of devastating wildfires that have the potential to claim lives, destroy property, and harm the environment. These disasters often create a significant amount of debris, which can include ash, metal, concrete, building materials, contaminated soil and hazardous materials. Disaster debris must be removed and properly managed to reduce threats to public health and safety, protect the environment, and help communities recover and rebuild.
California’s Consolidated Debris Removal Program is implemented under the leadership of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) and local governments.
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Contractors and Subcontractors
For information about current contract solicitations and other opportunities with CalRecycle on debris removal and related projects, visit our Contracts page.
Due to the regional diversity of wildfire-impacted communities in 2020, the state-managed debris removal program consists of four operational branches, which include:
- North Branch: Butte, Lassen, Nevada, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Trinity, and Yuba counties
- Bay Branch: Monterey, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz counties
- Inland Branch: Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Solano, Sonoma, and Yolo counties
- South Branch: Fresno, Los Angeles, Madera, Tulare, and Tuolumne counties
CalRecycle is often tasked with organizing, managing, implementing, and overseeing debris removal operations in support of local governments. CalRecycle oversees and manages contractors to conduct debris removal at no out-of-pocket cost to property owners. To participate, homeowners must grant cleanup crews access to their properties by returning signed right-of-entry agreements to their local governments.
Current Wildfire Debris Cleanup Projects
Cal OES has tasked CalRecycle to manage wildfire debris removal operations throughout the state. Find more information about the debris removal effort and additional resources for wildfire survivors on the following local recovery website: