Debris Information, Emergency Debris Management Sites

The development of the "Comprehensive Plan for disaster Clean-up and Debris Management" fully engaged state, industry, and local government officials.  The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) is fully committed to the implementation of this Plan designed to create a level playing field for all stakeholders and assure the public that health, safety and environmental concerns remain paramount.

Comprehensive Plan for Disaster Clean-up and Debris Management (Debris Management Plan)

Below is a Louisiana state map, parish by parish, with computer modeling of debris quantities from the United States Corps of Engineers conducted on September 3, 2008:

Debris Quantities - "Predicted Debris Sept. 3, 2008"

Please note, concerning vegetative debris disposal, of the total green and woody debris intended for final disposal in a landfill, 50% shall be reduced by volume and 50% by weight prior to transport to a landfill. This debris may be used in coastal restoration projects, as compost or as fuel. It may not be disposed of in a landfill as the first option, but may be used as a component of the cover system for a landfill or a means for providing erosion control. These landfills include Type I (Non-hazardous Industrial), Type II (Municipal) and Type III (Construction and Demolition Debris and Wood Waste).

For other activities, such as, chipping, burning, grinding, etc, please complete the attached Emergency Debris Management Site Request Form. If the site was previously authorized during Hurricanes Katrina or Rita, it may be considered for Hurricane Gustav debris. Local government officials must verify “no significant changes in surrounding land use and potential receptors….” The site must still comply with the site criteria in the Department’s Comprehensive Plan for Disaster Clean-Up and Debris Management Plan.

Solid Waste Transportation Information

 Below are the transporter requirements for hurricane debris.

§505.  Standards of Governing Collectors and Off-Site Transporters of Solid Waste
A.  Vehicle Requirements
      1.  The types and sizes of vehicles shall comply with the regulations and licensing of the Department of Transportation and Development and with applicable local ordinances governing weight and size for the streets that must be traveled for solid waste pickup.
      2.  Cover
           a.  The bodies of vehicles used to transport trees, tree limbs, construction materials, or metals shall contain such waste without allowing materials to fall or blow off the vehicle.

Reimbursable Expenses for Recycling and Debris Reduction

FEMA Approval for Reimbursement for Recycling and Debris Reduction Expenses - 9/10/08 

DEQ Request for Reimbursable Expenses - 9/10/08

Formosan Termites 

Information Regarding Formosan Termites

Louisiana Parishes Infested with Formosan Termites

If you have any questions regarding termites, please contact Larry LeJeune, Director Agriculture and Environmental Science, at (225)925-3763 or by email at

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