Metro recognizes the need to be prepared for, respond to, and recover from a debris-generating incident especially when the volume of debris overwhelms the existing solid waste infrastructure. The Metro Disaster Debris Management plan is designed to provide guidance for Metro on how to manage and coordinate debris operations and system disruptions.
The plan describes Metro’s responsibilities, procedures and resources that may be utilized following an incident that overtaxes the region’s normal municipal solid waste system. The plan is designed to provide a framework for Metro personnel on how to handle debris following a debris-generating incident; to minimize and eliminate threats to life, public health and safety; eliminate immediate threats of significant damage to improved public or private property; and ensure economic recovery of the affected community to the benefit of the community at large.
This plan will also further the six values of the 2030 Regional Waste Plan that include: protect and restore the environment and promote health for all, conserve natural resources, advance environmental literacy, foster economic well-being, ensure operational resilience, adaptability and sustainability, and provide excellent service and equitable system access.