Curbside collection, drop-off locations, and hazardous debris sites.
A curbside debris collection program is in place to assist residents impacted by the flood in the unincorporated lower Russian River. The program has been extended until Sunday, March 24, which will be the last day to place debris on the curbside. Collection crews will carry a final sweep during the week of March 25 – 29, 2019.
Anything that is tossed on the street after crews have swept an area between March 25 – 29, and thereafter, will be considered illegal dumping and violators will be prosecuted according to the Sonoma County Penal Code.
Separate your debris
- Appliances /metals
- Household Hazardous Waste
Move parked cars
Move parked cars along main and rural roads so that curbside pick-ups crews can move through the area easily.
Slow for the Cone Zone
Curbside collection will include large trucks, bins, and a crew. Drive cautiously and stay alert around workers.
Remove refrigerator doors
Identify anything with an air-tight seal, and dismantle it. Common air-tight items like refrigerators are dangerous to children and animals, who might play or become trapped in them.
Curbside Debris Collection Zones
- Zone Overview (PDF) – Updated 3/11/2019
- Pacific Sanitation Zones (PDF) – Updated 3/8/2019
- Recology Zones (PDF) – Updated 3/11/2019
- Republic Waste Zones (PDF) – Updated 3/11/2019
- Sonoma Waste Zones (PDF) – Updated 3/8/2019
Final Drop-off for Household Hazardous Waste
The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) will be holding a final household hazardous waste (HHW) drop-off event on Saturday, March 23rd, at the Sunset Beach Parking Lot from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
As of Monday, March 11, residents in the Lower Russian River area can put separated debris at the curb for pick-up. Pick-up replaces the now closed debris drop-off sites. Dates for curbside pick-up are March 11-15, 2019 with a second, final pickup March 18-22.
We will share updates on debris removal at SoCoEmergency.org
- Ensure that your debris items do not block the road.
- Move parked cars off the roadside wherever possible to make room for the trucks to pass easily.
- Observe all safety signs and proceed with caution when traveling through the area
Residents are asked to separate curbside debris into three categories:
- Debris, such as furniture and construction materials
- Appliances /metals
- Household Hazardous Waste (For common examples, visit recyclenow.org/toxics/toxics.asp)
Putting tarps over each pile of debris will help keep materials from flying away in wind.
Yes, however, dump fees will not be waived.
Pick-up crews will only remove household hazardous waste from private property. Crews will not enter private roads or property to remove other debris.
Recology will replace trash cans lost in the flood. Call 1-800-243-0291.
The Sonoma County Health Officer declared a local health emergency due to the household hazardous waste along the waterways, roadsides and on public and private properties after flooding.
There’s a lot you can do to protect yourself from illness or disease while moving flood debris or cleaning up after a flood, including:
- Wear protective personal equipment, such as gloves, rubber boots, a respirator or goggles. Use shovels and other tools whenever possible to avoid using your hands to touch debris.
- Wash your hands with soap after working to remove bacteria and germs.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has detailed information about how to stay safe:
Residents that live down rural, narrow, roads, we ask that you put your debris as close to the public right-of-way, without blocking the road.
Yes. Although businesses in the unincorporated areas of the lower Russian River can participate in the program, our crews will be prioritizing residential property pick up first.
Commercial businesses are encouraged to contact their flood insurance provider and find out if they are covered for debris clean up.