Debris Removal & Curbside Collection

Curbside collection, drop-off locations, and hazardous debris sites.

Curbside Collection

Crews are collecting all remaining curbside debris 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.

The curbside debris collection program was in place to assist residents impacted by the flood in the unincorporated lower Russian River. Residents were encouraged to place their debris on the curb through Sunday, March 24th.

Separate your debris

  • 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

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)

Dump fees will not be waived.

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, 2019.

We will share updates on debris removal at

  • 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 (See common examples)

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 (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.

Please call 2-1-1 Sonoma County, (707) 565-2108, or (800)-325-9604 for more information about debris removal.

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.

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