Emergency Management

Report storm damage online
Posted By Sheri Badger on Jan 27th, 2012 at 2:28 PM

The Pierce County Damage Assessment Center (DAC) is now collecting damage information from homeowners and business owners affected by the recent ice and snow storms online at www.piercecountywa.gov/reportdamage.

If you have additional questions, call the DAC at 1-866-798-6363 (toll-free) or email PCEOC@co.pierce.wa.us. The DAC is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Reminders: Garbage, recycling and storm debris
Posted By Sheri Badger on Jan 26th, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Last week’s storm affected almost everyone’s trash and recycling collection and many of you are wondering when to set out your containers.

American Disposal, DM Disposal, and Murrey’s Disposal, Lakewood Refuse, LeMay Enterprises, and Pierce County Refuse

For no additional charge, the company will accept twice your normal amount of garbage and recycling on your next regularly scheduled pick up day. If this requires you to use an additional container, please make sure you label it “Garbage” or “Recycling”. Drivers will be on the lookout for these extra containers.

For More Information

American Disposal, DM Disposal, and Murrey’s Disposal

888-806-7048 and www.murreysdisposal.com

Lakewood Refuse, LeMay Enterprises, and Pierce County Refuse

253-537-8687 and www.lemayinc.com 


Transfer Stations Accepting Storm Debris

Storm debris will not be collected at the curb. Pierce County residents with storm related debris can dispose of it for free at the county transfer stations listed below. This storm debris disposal program will continue for at least a month.

Puyallup/South Hill/Graham Areas
Hidden Valley Transfer Station, 17925 Meridian Street East
Seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Gig Harbor Peninsula
Purdy Transfer Station, 14515 54th Ave. NW (144th St NW @ 54th Ave NW)
Seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Bonney Lake / East Pierce County
Prairie Ridge Transfer Station, Prairie Ridge Dr E @ South Prairie Road E
Seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Anderson Island
White’s Pit, Eckenstam Johnson Rd
Seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Customers who pay for curbside yard waste collection can put compostable debris inside yard waste containers and place at the curb on their regular collection day. Debris must fit inside the container and is limited to foliage and branches smaller than four inches in diameter. No thick branches, trunks or stumps are allowed in yard waste containers. Storm debris placed next to a container will not be collected.

Some cities and towns are establishing drop off locations exclusively for their residents. Residents should contact their city or town directly for more information.

Remember, it is unsafe and illegal to dump storm debris into public rights-of-way, storm water facilities or other public property.  If you witness illegal dumping, please call the Pierce County Responds hotline at 253-798-INFO (4636).

Tacoma Residents
City of Tacoma residents should contact the city at 253-591-5543 or visit www.cityoftacoma.org for information on Tacoma’s programs.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Sheryl Rhinehart, outreach coordinator, Pierce County Public Works and Utilities

253-985-1035 and srhineh@co.pierce.wa.us

Steve Wamback, solid waste administrator, Pierce County Public Works and Utilities

253-324-3584 and swambac@co.pierce.wa.us


City of Puyallup debris removal
Posted By Sheri Badger on Jan 24th, 2012 at 4:56 PM

In the aftermath of last week’s snow storm, city crews are removing hazardous and damaged trees on city property, clearing branches and other storm debris, and restoring access to city streets and parks. The city will be clearing street trees in the following locations that are maintained by the City:

  • East Main (from 3rd St NE to 15th St NE)
  • Meridian (5th Ave NE to 23rd Ave SE)
  • Stewart (Meridian to 23rd St NW)
  • East Pioneer (Highway 512 to Shaw Road)
  • 7th St NW (River Road to Stewart)
  • Intersections along 2nd St NE/NW (at Meeker, Main, and Pioneer)

WHAT YOU CAN DO – Businesses and residents are responsible for clearing debris from trees that were privately planted and/or maintained, including most street trees with the exception of those listed above. DM Disposal will pick up storm debris on your regular yard waste day if the storm debris is place in yard waste bins. Citizens that have branches and other storm debris that won’t fit in their yard waste bin, can dispose of it for free at local transfer stations. Click here for a list of storm debris drop-off locations.

TEMPORARY, LOCAL SELF-SERVICE STORM DEBRIS DROP OFF SITE – The City, with its partner, DM Disposal, will offer city residents a temporary self-service storm debris drop-off site near Bradley Lake Park–5th Street SE across from Bradley Lake Park (north of 31st AVE SE). The site will be open daily, January 25-29, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please follow these guidelines:

  • Bring identification to show that you are a City of Puyallup resident
  • Branches and trees should not exceed 8 feet in length and 10 inches in diameter

Only storm yard waste will be accepted–no roofing, hazardous materials, tree stumps or non-storm related yard waste will be accepted.

Media Contact: Glenda Carino, Public Affairs Officer, 253-770-3370


Businesses should report storm damage
Posted By Sheri Badger on Jan 23rd, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Pierce County’s Economic Development Division is assessing how the damage has affected our county’s businesses.  If a specific threshold is reached, certain federal programs may be made available to help the region recover. 

If you experienced damage, please fill out the ‘Economic Injury Worksheet’ form below, and email it to Hans Kueck at hkueck@co.pierce.wa.us.  This is NOT an application for funds or a loan.  It is meant only to determine how much damage the County’s business community suffered.

If your business has any questions, please contact 253-798-2335.

 Economic Injury Worksheet

Media Contact: Pierce County Joint Information Center, 253-798-7470


Storm debris drop-off: Five sites open for Tacoma residents
Posted By Sheri Badger on Jan 23rd, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Tacoma residents may recycle large amounts of wood storm debris at any of five drop-off locations for no additional charge. Branches and tree limbs should be no larger than 6 inches in diameter and 6 feet long. Drop off hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily through Jan. 29.

Center at Norpoint
4818 Nassau Ave.
Tacoma 98422

Ehli Auction

9415 Pacific Ave.

Tacoma 98444

Tacoma Dome (east parking lot located off of Wiley Avenue)

2727 East D St.

Tacoma 98421

 Tacoma Landfill
3510 S. Mullen St.
Tacoma 98409

 Vassault Park
6100 N. 37th St.
Tacoma 98407

Curbside yard waste collection

Wood debris must be cut to fit inside the yard waste container so the lid sits flat when closed and must not weigh more than 250 pounds. Wood bundles left outside the container will not be collected.

Visit www.TacomaRecycles.org for frequently updated information on curbside collection and storm debris drop off.

Media Contacts: 

Andrew Torres, Solid Waste Management, atorres@cityoftacoma.org, (253) 593-7728

Elle Warmuth, Community Relations, elle.warmuth@cityoftacoma.org, (253) 591-2005