Debris Removal

City of Malibu Fire Debris & Waste Removal Guidelines

Phase I HazMat Inspections

The list below only includes properties within city limits. "Assessed" means that the property has been cleared (Phase 1) by the Los Angeles County Fire Department HazMat Division.

Property owners impacted by the Woolsey Fire who have questions about the hazardous waste removal process can contact the LA County Fire Department at 323-890-4000, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

On Monday, December 3, the Los Angeles County Fire Dept, alongside teams from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Dept of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), began assessing and removing household hazardous waste from properties burned by the Woolsey Fire.

Hazardous waste removal work, completed jointly by LA County Fire, EPA and DTSC, is authorized by federal and state disaster declarations and a subsequent executive order given by the Governor of California. The hazardous waste removal work does not require property-owner consent. Property owners cannot opt out of hazardous materials assessment and removal activities, and do not need to schedule an appointment. Property owners are asked to assist by unlocking and opening gates to accommodate the inspections and hazardous waste removals.

Specifically, the LA County Fire Department, EPA and DTSC activities include:

  • Door-to-door assessment, survey, and collection of household hazardous waste at approximately 1,500 properties in LA County at no-cost to property owners
  • Safe removal, transport, and disposal of hazardous waste materials
  • Posting of yellow clearance placards on each property that has been cleared of hazardous waste

Once a property is inspected, the property will be added to the list above (by address) provided to the City and posted here. The lists will be updated as new information is received from HazMat. 

To view an interactive map of completed properties follow the link below and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Interactive Map of Phase I Hazmat Inspections

Additional information can be found at www.LACounty.gov/LACountyRecovers

Post-HazMat Clearance Fire Debris Removal

Property owners may opt-in to the CalRecycle debris removal program by submitting a Right-of-Entry (ROE) Permit for Residential Debris Removal. The form provides consent for debris removal teams to access the property. ROE forms must be submitted by December 31, 2018 in order to be eligible for the free CalRecycle program.

The California Dept of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), in coordination with LA County Public Works, will provide debris removal for homes destroyed by the Woolsey Fire and other types of eligible debris at no cost to property owners and residents. Please review CalRecycle's chart of types of debris eligible for removal. Homes that are partially destroyed or damaged may need to fill out this form from LA County Public Works.

The ROE form can also be accessed in the following ways:

  • Online: LACounty.gov/LACountyRecovers
  • Phone: 888-CLEAN-LA (888-253 2652)
  • In Person: Woolsey Fire Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC), located at Malibu Courthouse (23525 Civic Center Way, Malibu) and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Building (30440 Agoura Rd, Agoura Hills).

Property owners are encouraged to contact their homeowners insurance providers, as any insurance proceeds for debris removal will be dedicated to off-set costs.

Property owners are strongly encouraged to participate in the government-assisted debris removal program, as it will be a safer, streamlined process with no-fee administered. If residents choose not to use services provided, there are a number of procedures that must be followed to safely remove debris including the completion of a Local Fire Debris Removal Program Application, which can be found on LACounty.gov/LACountyRecovers.

For questions on fire debris removal programs, view LA County debris removal Commonly Asked Questions and/or contact 888-CLEAN-LA (888-253-2652). For additional fire-related resources, visit LACounty.gov/LACountyRecovers.

Public safety & fire Debris Removal

Ash, charred debris, and other contaminated materials from burned structures and contents may be hazardous waste and can threaten public health. 

On November 12, 2018, the Los Angeles County Public Health Officer issued a Declaration of a Local Health Emergency, which states that the removal and disposal of debris resulting from the Woolsey Fire cannot take place without a hazardous materials inspection of the debris by either a state, federal, or local hazardous materials agency. 

Residents should refer to the LA County Fire HazMat's Household Hazardous Waste Assessment and Removal flyer, and the information above.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides the following information regarding the cleanup and removal of fire debris:

  • Residents are encouraged to not remove debris from the property; however, they can sift through the debris to look for personal belongings. 
  • Residents working in a debris area should use a stick and wear gloves.
  • If working in the area of a house that was built prior to 1987, residents should also wear an N95 particulate mask to protect themselves from asbestos.

NOTICE RELATED TO WASTE DISPOSAL 

Spoiled food including grains, dairy, and meat, may be placed in green waste containers.

Fire debris and household hazardous waste (paints, cleaners, motor oil, batteries, and pesticides) should not be disposed of in landfills, or recycling or green waste containers.

The following press release from LA County Department of Public Health and Public Works provides details for residential and commercial trash removal.

Leaf Blower BAN

Debris from the fire and damaged structures may contain materials and particulates that are hazardous to health and safety. At its Special meeting on December 4, 2018, the Malibu City Council adopted Ordinance No. 441U banning the use of leaf blowers of any type from Malibu Cyn Rd to the western City limits. The ban is effective immediately and will remain in effect until August 1, 2019 in order to prevent those hazardous materials from being spread through the air. View the staff report and ordinance, or download a bilingual handout (English / Spanish).

To report leaf blower use in the prohibited area, call Code Enforcement at 310-456-2489 ext. 231. When reporting, be prepared to specify the exact property address. 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES