Following further communications between County and State officials, property owners are cleared to begin the debris removal process. The process is currently broken into three components: 1) metal; 2) concrete; and, 3) ash and rubble. Efforts have been focused on resolving issues in the sequence in which debris will be cleared, starting with the metal and concrete.
1) Metal can be removed from the debris, washed on site, and taken to the designated staging area(s) for removal by recycling companies.
2) Concrete can be removed from structures and piled on site, pending further developments. At this point, the SLV Landfill cannot accept the concrete without testing for asbestos.
3) Ash and rubble can be wet down and piled on site. Currently, the SLV Landfill can accept this material only if it is treated as asbestos contaminated, which means that it must be dampened, and double wrapped in 6 ml poly. At this time the Landfill can only accept the material if it is prepared in this manner and labeled. You will also need a “manifest” for having it hauled to the Landfill.
For your own safety it is very important that you wear the appropriate protective equipment: N-95 mask, zip-up Tyvex suits, gloves and tape around wrists and ankles if you are going to be working with debris. According to OSHA, any contractors who are involved in the debris removal process will be required to have employees wear this protective equipment and all homeowners are encouraged to do the same for their own protection. You should avoid having the ash dust get in your eyes, on your skin or in your lungs.