Storm Debris

What to do with storm debris


In the event of a government-declared disaster, listen for instructions from local government broadcasts through the media (radio, TV newscasts) and on websites.

Answers for debris removal after less damaging storm events may be as close as your curb or yard debris depot.

At the Curb

If properly prepared, debris may be collected by your regular hauler on regularly scheduled yard debris pick-up days. Residents with garbage collection service and yard debris collection service may:

• Set out storm debris for regularly scheduled yard debris pickup.

• Contents may include leaves, grass clippings, weeds, and branches less than 4" in diameter and 36" long.

• Place materials at the curb in yard debris receptacles, 30-gallon Kraft bags, or bundled by twine and tied. Additional fees may apply for extra bags or bundles.

• Stockpile excess debris and set it into a yard debris container over several collection dates. Contact your hauler for specific details.

Maximum weight for your container:

• 120 lbs for 60-gallon containers
• 60 lbs for 32-gallon containers
• 45 lbs for 30-gallon containers
• 45 lbs for bags or bundles


Yard Debris Depots

Residents without yard debris service can elect to take debris to a yard debris depot.

• Yard debris does not include dirt, sod, stumps, metal, rocks, ashes, or treated wood or lumber. These materials will not be accepted as yard debris. Contact local yard debris depots to determine accepted materials, hours of operation, disposal fees, and facility directions.

• A depot list can be found on this website, Metro’s website, or by contacting Washington County’s Solid Waste and Recycling Program at (503) 846-8609.


Other Solutions

Drop Box Services

Your local hauler can provide a drop box (for a fee) to help remove large piles of debris. If the box is used for yard debris only, the material can be taken to a compost facility rather than a landfill. Contact your service provider for more information on services and rates.