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What To Do With Your Storm Debris - Guidelines for Residents

Storm debris collection sites

DEQ is coordinating with affected counties to set up storm debris collection sites. Check back for updates as new locations are posted:

Storm Debris Collection Sites

Clatsop County

Clatsop Transfer & Disposal/Western Oregon Waste
Keep yard debris, wood separate from household waste
No hazardous waste (paint, chemicals)
Batteries collected at no charge
1790 Williamsport Road, Astoria
8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday through Saturday
Regular rates apply for collection services
Temporary boxes for cleanup available

Columbia County

City of Vernonia
Storm debris and hazardous waste collection site
1001 Bridge Street, across from City Hall
Operating during daylight hours
Columbia County Transfer Station
Accepts wastes from nearby counties
Household hazardous waste collection 8:00 am - Noon, last Saturday of the month.
1601 Railroad Avenue, St. Helens
8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Saturday
Beaver Bark Compost Facility
Accepts tree and yard debris, untreated, unpainted wood
5400 West Lane Road, Scappoose
8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday

Tillamook County

Tillamook County Transfer Station
Operated by Don G. Averill Recycling, Inc.
1315 Ekloff Rd (off Tillamook River Rd, 3 miles south of the City of Tillamook), Tillamook
8:00 am - 4:00 pm daily
503-842-4588 or 503-842-2431
Manzanita Transfer Station
Operated by CARTM
34995 Necarney Rd (between Manzanita and Nehalem), Manzanita
Summer: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Thursday - Monday
Winter: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Thursday - Sunday
Pacific City Transfer Station
Operated by Nestucca Valley Sanitary Service
38255 Brooten Rd (2 miles SE of Pacific City), Pacific City
10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Friday through Sunday

For general debris disposal questions and complaints, contact DEQ at 1-888-997-7888.

Sort debris correctly

If you have storm debris to deal with, DEQ urges you to use proper methods for sorting and disposing of the debris. Separate debris for disposal into separate piles for:

  • vegetation (trees, branches, limbs)
  • household trash (garbage, paper, food, etc.)
  • household hazardous wastes (paints, cleaners, pesticides, solvents, oil, etc.)
  • white goods (stoves, refrigerators, appliances)
  • and other materials (trash, building matter, carpets, furniture, etc.)

Do not burn debris

Burning certain waste including rubber and plastics is prohibited. DEQ strongly recommends using alternatives to burning to protect human health from harmful fine particles and toxic air pollutants in smoke. Give priority to chipping or grinding wood waste and yard debris for reuse. DEQ will provide assistance to find locations to use or store chipped wood waste and yard debris.

If burning of any waste is determined to be necessary to protect human health, you must contact DEQ before burning to obtain proper burn permits. DEQ may determine that the site, the wastes and the need to burn are not warranted and will work with you to find alternatives to burning. For DEQ emergency burn permits, contact Robert Vance at 503-229-5600, 503-229-5393 or 800-452-4011. You also must contact local fire departments before burning.

Burning the following materials is illegal at any time, anywhere in Oregon:

  • Asbestos
  • Asphalt or industrial waste
  • Automotive parts (including frames)
  • Dead animals
  • Fuel tanks
  • Plastic
  • Rubber Products
  • Tires
  • Waste oil, petroleum treated and related materials
  • Wet garbage and food waste
  • Any material creating dense smoke or noxious odors

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For more information about DEQ's Land Quality programs, visit the DEQ contact page.

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Headquarters: 700 NE Multnomah Street, Suite 600, Portland, OR 97232
Phone: 503-229-5696 or toll free in Oregon 1-800-452-4011
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