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Option 1 Cal Recycle Program - debris moving / removal vs sifting

Dave Marundee outside Redding City Limits
August 13, 2018, 5:21 PM

The Cal Recycle program option 1 states, "Homeowners should not physically remove debris from its original location prior to this process. Removing or placing fire debris in other places, even if still on the property, may disqualify homeowners from being able to participate in this program."
Does this statement mean homeowners are not allowed on their own property to sift or salvage items that still have value before Cal Recycle Teams arrive? And doing so would disqualify them from the program? Or, is the term "debris" used only to describe items completely destroyed by this fire event?

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City Manager's Office about 1 year ago

Hi Dave, homeowners are ok to remove valuables from the property, this will not disqualify anyone from the program. For additional information, please attend the debris clean-up meeting tonight at City Hall in Council Chambers. The meeting begins at 6pm.

 

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Patricia Lind about 1 year ago

Is the reason not to mess with debris because it is highly toxic and moving it spreads toxins? When will home owners get wattles to put around toxic ash so that it will not run into creeks once the rainy season starts?

 

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City Manager's Office about 1 year ago

CalRecycle and CalOES are the ones to answer the question about why they don't want debris removed from the property prior to them coming on to do work. They are available at the DROC at the rear portion of the Bank of America building. Straw wattles will arrive shortly for City use. Some are being used now by debris removal contractors to prevent water contamination as debris is being removed from homes. City will use some to help manage water flow and installed ahead of the rains (we still have about a month to get this implemented). There is talk that some may be available for residents, and that is City preference, however there are some final details to work out. Once a decision is made, we will let the public know.

 

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Patricia Lind about 1 year ago

Oh good to hear. This wattles should have fungi, charcoal or IOS-500 in them to absorb toxins. The outlying areas are in our watershed and 11 creeks would be impacted by toxic ash if rain comes before ash is removed which is foreseeable. Is it a funding issue? Could we ask local business as logging industry, big ag companies, big construction companies, big irrigation districts, PG&E. Anyone who understands about trucks and dirt to donate towards the cause?

 

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City Manager's Office about 1 year ago

If you would like to find businesses to purchase them and make them available for the public you're more than welcome to do that. The issue is where to store them once they arrive. Straw wattles are big. They take up quite a bit of room, and need to be in a space that can remain safe and secure while being distributed. We are working on this and we will give a bigger announcement once more information is available.

 


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