Burned materials and ash cannot be accepted at Metro facilities
Materials burned in wildfires or wildfire ash can contain hazardous materials. Metro facilities cannot accept any items in burned condition or covered in ash.
Wildfire debris can be hazardous. Many homes have toxic chemicals like pesticides, motor oil and paint, and older homes may have asbestos. When a home has been affected by fire, these materials can be in the ash or debris. It's important to make sure you're cleaning up in a way that protects your health and the health of the people who will handle the debris once it's ready for disposal.
Cleaning up your property safely
The Oregon Office of Emergency Management and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) strongly recommend that you “call before you haul” before disposing of any materials affected by wildfire. Government-funded cleanup assistance is available to help you save money, protect your health and the health of others, and simplify your cleanup process.
For information on how to sign up for assistance and what to do if you decide to clean up on your own, visit the State of Oregon wildfire cleanup page.
In-person assistance and more resources are available, including help with your Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) application. Visit the Fire Resource Center page for more information.