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Clean up help for bushfire-affected South Australians

2020-02-12

South Australians impacted by bushfires will have help cleaning up with the Federal and State Governments covering the costs. Making sure sites hit by fires are safe so rebuilding can start is an important first step to a quick and strong recovery.

The State Government will coordinate the clean-up activities to ensure efficient and safe removal of debris to minimise risks and impacts to public health and safety and harm to the environment or community well-being. Contractors are already out on the ground starting to deliver help to those that need it and assessing the scope and scale of exactly what waste services those in bushfire-affected regions need.

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. Contractors have been on the ground treating those properties confirmed to contain asbestos with a non-hazardous gel that traps the asbestos dust until it can be safely removed.

Detailed assessments are also being completed to look at the most effective ways to remove bushfire waste in the affected regions. Where possible, the State Government will recover, reuse and recycle things like rubble, brick and metal roofing, shed sheeting and even fencing wire, to divert salvageable resources from landfill. The South Australian Government has also committed to waiving the solid waste levy for fire-affected waste.

If you are affected by the bushfires and need help with the clean-up of debris, you are encouraged to register your needs through the Green Industries SA website.

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Page last updated : 11 Mar 2020

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