Waste Management and bushfire clean-up

The Federal Government and the South Australian Government will co-fund a clean-up of bushfire related waste. Green Industries SA are coordinating the clean up and removal of waste to ensure the efficient and safe removal of debris to minimise any risk to public health and safety.

The urgent areas for priority response are the safe management and removal of asbestos, CCA treated timber (‘permapine’) and ash and hazardous chemicals like pesticide, herbicide and fertiliser but will also include the removal of bricks, rubble and demolition waste, e-waste, metal sheeting, fencing materials, and polypipe and irrigation used by growers and farmers in the fire affected areas.

The removal of debris will be provided at no cost to those affected by fire. 

 The South Australian Government is working with local contractors as quickly as possible to assist with debris removal, so please be patient. If you have not already registered your waste needs, please use this form to register your waste needs.

If you have already paid for waste removal, please retain evidence and documentation and contact your local recovery centre for more information:

Kangaroo Island Local Recovery Centre

Community Health Centre, 12 Jubilee Avenue
Parndana
Open 7.00 am to 7.00 pm every day

Lobethal Local Recovery Centre

Fabrik Arts and Heritage in the Old Woollen Mill
1 Lobethal Road, Lobethal
Monday to Friday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (new opening hours from 16 March 2020)
Saturday: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Sunday and Public Holidays: Closed

 

What to do first

Step 1: Contact your insurance company. Find out what you are insured for, and check with them about how they recommend you document loss and damage. The insurance industry has activated a 24-hour disaster hotline for bushfire claims:  1800 734 621. They can help you with your claim, even if you’ve lost documents in the fire and can’t remember which insurer you’re with .Bushfire-related claims will be prioritised for assistance and processing.

Step 2: Be careful about asbestos. If your house or buildings were built before 2000, there is every likelihood asbestos will be present somewhere. Register for an inspection by a licensed contractor. If you're sure asbestos is present, let the State Recovery Office know, and refer to advice on asbestos here.

Step 3: Register your waste needs. Register your waste volumes and types with Green Industries SA. Use this form to register.

Step 4: Salvage your personal items. If you choose to look for recoverable items on your property, please use protective clothing, including masks and gloves - safety first

Step 5: Document the damage (take photos). This will allow waste contractors and assesors to estimate the amount of work required at your property.

Step 6: Sort waste into streams if you're able to and it's safe to do so, (only handle confirmed ‘asbestos free’ waste)  sort into separate streams like metal, plastic, timber, and building materials. Be aware of clearance and access to your property and your waste - trucks may require overhead clearance, so only store waste items close to the boundary, and where access is clear.

Advice on waste contractors and useful contact details are available here

In this section:

 

Managing Bushfire Waste: Debris clean-up

 

Managing asbestos

Managing CCA Timber and Ash After a Bushfire

Free CCA Timber Drop-off Vouchers

Register your waste needs

Managing general waste: household waste and food waste and hard rubbish

Managing construction and demolition waste

Managing e-waste, metal and vehicles

Managing hazardous chemicals, plastic dripline and irrigation and CCA treated timber (‘permapine’)  

Useful contacts