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LASD - Los Angeles County Sheriffs Dept Information Bureau (SIB)
Friday November 16th, 2018 :: 06:14 p.m. PST



LOS ANGELES (Fri., Nov. 16, 2018) – As residents and business owners return to the Woolsey Fire-impacted areas and begin cleaning up their properties and neighborhoods, Los Angeles County agencies are working with public and private partners to resume trash and debris removal services as soon as it is safe to do so.

Public Works provides the following debris and trash removal guidelines for the public:


Trash collection services that were interrupted by the Woolsey Fire will resume as soon as evacuation orders are lifted and roads reopen.

 TRASH – Place your trash carts for collection on regular trash day

 EXCESS WASTE - Place your excess waste in up to 5 bags on your trash day; no call-in is required for the next few weeks.

 ROTTEN FOOD - Spoiled food may be placed in the trash or the excess in bags. Public Health recommends the following:

o If a power outage lasts several hours, it is best to throw away
perishable food items such as meat, dairy products and eggs.

o Items that have thawed in the freezer should be thrown away. Do not re-freeze thawed food. All other food items should be inspected to ensure safety. Remember, “if in doubt, throw it out.”

 MELTED CARTS - Damaged carts should be reported for replacement.

 HAZARDOUS WASTE - Household Hazardous Waste should be brought to 23519 W. Civic Center Way on December 1, between 9 am and 3 pm or to one of the permanent collection centers. Contact or (888) Clean LA for more locations.

 MORE EXCESS WASTE - Three times per year, you may call in to arrange the pickup of 10 bulky items, 10 bundles of green waste, and/or 5 bags of excess waste. Bulky items include construction and demolition debris of up to two 70-pound bundles not exceeding 4 feet in length.

 If you need any special services, please contact your waste hauler.

In addition to the above guidelines, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has published a “Returning Home After A Fire” fact sheet to help residents protect their health when returning to or cleaning up their homes.


Ash and debris that remains from a structure that was destroyed in the wildfires contain hazardous waste and materials that can threaten public health. Therefore, the Los Angeles County Public Health Officer declared a Local Health Emergency on November 12, 2018 which prohibits the removal of fire debris until an inspection of the debris is conducted by either state, federal, or local hazardous materials agencies.

Los Angeles County has requested State and federal assistance to expedite recovery activities and ensure the safe removal of hazardous waste and fire debris from structures and properties damaged by the wildfires. Additional information on this consolidated debris removal program will be provided when determined.

The Public Health Emergency Declaration also prohibits the delivery of debris bins in the affected areas without the approval from the Los Angeles County Fire Department (Fire Department). Owners that opt out of the Fire Debris Clearance Program, once established in Los Angeles County, must register with and obtain the permission of Los Angeles County before beginning the removal of fire debris, and must conduct their private debris removal, transport, and disposal in a manner that does not endanger the community. For additional questions regarding fire debris removal, contact DPW at (800) 675-4357.

Waste Management
(800) 266-7551 /
Universal Waste Systems
(800) 631-7016 /
County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works
(888) Clean LA (888-253-2652) /

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Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
Hall of Justice - First floor 
211 W. Temple St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Los Angeles, CA 90012

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