Debris Removal After Tornadoes Information
Residents with disaster-generated debris from the severe storms and tornadoes in
Kentucky should follow instructions from local officials about sorting materials and placing
on the curb for collection.
Localities frequently ask residents to sort debris into various categories.
▪ Electronics. Examples: television, computer, audio equipment, phone, DVD player
▪ Hazardous Waste. Examples: oil, batteries, pesticides, cleaning supplies, compressed gas, paints. (Note: If
you suspect that materials contain lead-based paint, keep them moist or contain materials in plastic bags so
that the paint does not become airborne.)
▪ Construction & Demolition debris. Examples: lumber, roofing, and other structural debris strewn by storm
▪ Household Garbage. Examples: bagged garbage, discarded food, paper, packaging
▪ Large Appliances/white goods. Examples: refrigerator, washer/dryer, air conditioner, stove, water heater,
dishwasher. (Note: Do not leave doors unsealed or unsecured.)
▪ Vegetative Debris. Examples: trees, tree branches, logs, plants, leaves
Do not place debris on or near downed power lines or close to utility boxes.
Your local officials will tell you what’s authorized and what isn’t to be picked up near the public right-of-way as well
as how to place it there.
Debris should not block the roadway.
Placing debris near or on trees, poles or other structures makes removal difficult. This includes fire hydrants and
Demolition, Repair and Reconstruction Debris
Examples include building materials, drywall, lumber, carpet, furniture and plumbing. Demolition, repair and
reconstruction by a contractor hired by a property owner generally includes removal and disposal of materials.