Debris Removal


Federal (FEMA) and state debris removal efforts are being coordinated by the Missouri National Guard, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in participating communities of Franklin, Jefferson, St. Charles and St. Louis counties.

Information regarding debris removal locations will regularly be updated through the Missouri National Guard and on the state of Missouri’s debris removal and flood recovery webpage,, which can be viewed at Participating municipalities and counties are encouraged to inform their residents about how the program works, including restrictions. The state’s webpage currently links to participating communities’ websites.

Curbside pickup of general debris under the “Operation Recovery” program is scheduled to begin in parts of the St. Louis region on Monday, Jan. 11. Plans now call for pickups to begin in the following locations on Monday:

  • Franklin County: Pacific area
  • Jefferson County: Unincorporated areas near Byrnes Mill
  • St. Charles County: St. Peters area
  • St. Louis County: Eureka area


What’s Included:

  • Residential debris basement seepage, or sewer backup as a result of flooding that began Dec. 22, 2015, including furniture, carpeting, construction and demolition debris, household hazardous waste; appliances/white goods; electronics; vegetative debris; and sandbags. Click here for diagram. (
  • Types of debris:
    • Vegetative – Limbs, branches, plants and other brush.
    • White Goods – Furnaces, air conditioners, dishwashers, freezers, refrigerators, stoves, washers, dryers, water heaters.
    • Electronics – Computers, printers, phones, microwaves, DVDs, televisions, etc.
    • Household Hazardous Waste – (partial or full containers) of automotive oil, paints, household cleaning supplies, pesticides, batteries, compressed gas cylinders like propane, aerosol cans, etc. If the containers are empty, they can be thrown away with construction debris.
    • Construction & Demolition (C&D) Debris – Building materials, carpet, drywall, furniture, lumber, mattresses windows, plumbing, doors, broken wall studs, furniture, carpeting, clothes, toys, other personal property. Do not put loose debris in plastic bags.
    • Sandbags


What’s Not Included And Won’t Be Picked Up:

  • The program does NOT include titled property, such as cars, boats, ATVs, or mobile homes.
  • The program does NOT include household trash or unwanted items that were not damaged in the flooding. Household garbage should be kept away from flood debris where it can be picked up by regular trash haulers.
  • This program does NOT include bagged debris.
  • Debris that is not at the curbside or public right-of-way will not be picked up. It will not be removed from private, residential property (i.e. house interiors, yards, driveways, sheds, patios).
  • Commercial property is not included in the program and will not be picked up.
  • Debris left by private contractors hired to gut or remodel residential properties. This debris will not be picked up if placed at the curbside. It is the responsibility of the contractor to dispose of this debris.
  • Debris removal crews will remove as much as they can from the roadway, a reach of approximately 10 feet. If more debris remains (i.e. further into the yard or driveways) that remaining debris has to be pushed to the public right-of-way for subsequent pickup.


What Residents Need To Do:

  • Continue to separate debris into different piles at the curbside or right-of-way: construction and demolition debris; household hazardous waste; appliances/white goods; electronics; and vegetative debris. (Normal household trash and unwanted items that are not flood damaged are NOT included in the program.) See diagram. Do not let debris create a traffic hazard by spilling into streets.
  • Keep debris loose, please do NOT place in plastic bags. They will NOT be picked up.
  • Vegetative debris should be cut up in lengths of 10 feet or less and piled in one grouping. Limbs and branches do not need to be tied into bundles.
  • Do not block utilities, fire hydrants, mail boxes, manhole covers, etc. A separation distance of 10 feet is preferred.
  • Those in need of assistance getting debris to the curbside should call 2-1-1 for assistance. 2-1-1 can also provide information on disaster-related volunteer opportunities and relief efforts so you can put your time and talent to work to assist others.
  • Those without a sidewalk, ditch or utility line in front of their property should place debris at the edge of their property.
  • Residents do not have to be present when contractors arrive to remove flood-damaged items.
  • Do NOT place items you want to keep at the curbside, public right-of-way or other public areas so that debris haulers do not take something you want to save.

How Debris Removal Crews Will Operate:

  • Debris removal crews will continue to work daily in all four counties simultaneously during daylight hours.
  • The Missouri National Guard will continue to work to notify communities of the areas that debris removal crews will be working in in advance, but due to the nature of the mission, specific neighborhoods cannot be identified at this time. The Guard will attempt to identify jurisdictions for pick up 24 hours in advance.
  • Updates of planned debris removal areas will be posted to as soon as available. This site is available at
  • Collection crews will make several passes throughout the affected areas of Franklin, Jefferson, St. Charles and St. Louis counties until Operation Recovery clean-up is complete.


Additional Information:

Information about debris collection in other flood-affected communities of Franklin, Jefferson, St. Charles and St. Louis counties that are participating in the Operation Recovery program will be released as available. If pickups progress ahead of schedule, crews may be able to collect from additional communities that are not listed on the website. Residents can be assured the crews will make more than one pass through each affected community, but the more debris that can be moved to the curb and separated into the categories listed above, the faster debris can be cleared for all affected areas.


In other communities affected by flooding debris is being picked up by city workers, regular trash haulers, contractors hired by the local government or volunteers. Please follow local guidance for special instructions in assisting and complying with these efforts.