In addition to loss of homes and animals due to wildfires, a wildfire can produce waste from smoke damage and ensuing floods. Following are tips on what to do during recovery efforts:
Food waste decomposes quickly, can present a nuisance to public health and the environment, and attracts insects, rodents, and even bears and other large mammals. If it can’t be reused (such as items for livestock feeding and composting), food waste should be quickly bagged, containerized and disposed at an approved off-site facility or designated dumpsters.
Household Hazardous Waste:
Special care should be taken when managing household wastes that may pose a more significant threat to public health and the environment, such as paint, solvents, mercury containing devices, pesticides, drain cleaners, batteries and electronic waste.
Disposal of non-liquid household hazardous waste in the curbside trash isn’t prohibited by law, but ADEQ prefers these items be recycled if possible. Chemical wastes from businesses are heavily regulated and the management of these materials should adhere to state and federal hazardous waste laws.
Appliances and Vehicles:
Metals are often a valuable recyclable commodity and recyclers may be willing to accept (and even pick up) recyclable scrap metal from property owners
Many metal recyclers may also be willing to pick up fire and flood-damaged vehicles. Titles will need to be signed over to a recycler, and Motor Vehicle Division salvage requirements apply.
Loss of pets and livestock can be especially distressing. Smaller animals that do not exceed 75 pounds in weight may be picked up by the regular waste collection service. For larger animals, the local waste disposal facility should be contacted to coordinate collection. If neither of these options is feasible, the local county health department can be contacted for guidance.