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Disaster Debris Recovery Tool

EPA has developed this interactive mapping tool of 12 types of recyclers and landfills that manage disaster debris. This tool provides information and locations of over 20,000 facilities capable of managing different materials which may be found in disaster debris. The tool was created in EPA Region 5 in 2010 and has expanded to include data for all 50 states, Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands.

The tool can be used by disaster response, recovery and planning experts to advance the safe recovery, recycling, and disposal of disaster debris. It is expanding coverage of states and territories to support sustainable disaster debris management. The national dataset and tool were developed in collaboration with staff from all 10 EPA regions and headquarters to support sustainable materials management for disaster planning and emergency response.

Disaster Debris Recovery Tool 

Coming soon…

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Examples of state plans and guidance

The following Region 5 states  have established debris management plans or guidance, many of which focus on flood-related disasters:The following links exit the site Exit

Basic Information

According to the “Planning for Natural Disaster Debris” guidance document, communities are challenged with large amounts of debris generated by natural disasters every year. Proper planning for disaster debris provides benefits such as the protection of human health, compliance with regulations, reduction of injuries, and minimization or prevention of environmental impacts. A key part of the guidance document recommends identifying strategies to maximize the recycling and recovery of materials to prevent the generation of additional waste and lessen the burden on disposal facilities. Planning for each potential waste stream and pre-negotiating contracts will help ensure the proper and safe recycling and recovery of disaster debris.

Links for planners and incident responders

Federal Agency Resources

The following federal agencies have developed guidance, training, manuals or programs:

Tools & References

Training Resources

There are numerous training courses focused on debris management sponsored by FEMA and offered locally through state emergency management offices:


Resources for safety considerations during initial assessment, sampling, removal, staging, transportation, and recovery/disposal operations: