Ash left in wildfires' wake

Johnson, Jim
November 2003
Waste News;11/10/2003, Vol. 9 Issue 15, p1
Trade Publication
Residents and cleanup crews now face the daunting task of clearing ash and charred debris left from raging wildfires that devastated portions of Southern California. Images from the area show residents sifting through what little is left of their homes, and officials are warning those tackling the cleanup to watch where they put the leftover ash. Concerns are that ash, which could contain hazardous materials, will wash into storm drains and ditches and end up polluting waterways. Ash should be scraped up and hauled away for disposal wherever possible, said Ron Baker, a spokesman for the state Department of Toxic Substances Control. Another concern is the disposal of household items containing hazardous material, Baker said. Local municipalities will sponsor household hazardous waste collection days to handle those materials to segregate materials that can and can't be taken to solid waste landfills, he said.


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