Are there any federal regulations that must be followed when removing and hauling debris?

The EPA regulates domestic, industrial, and manufacturing hazardous and solid waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The objectives of the RCRA are to protect us from the dangers of waste disposal; to conserve energy and natural resources through recycling and recovery; to reduce or eliminate waste; and to clean up waste that may have been spilled, filtered, or improperly disposed of. When it is in the public interest for an eligible applicant to remove debris from private property in urban, suburban, and rural areas, including large lots, the living, recreational and work area can be cleaned, except for areas used for crops and livestock or unused areas. After determining that the removal of debris is in the public interest, the Regional Manager can provide assistance in the removal of debris and debris from public and privately owned land and water.

The USDA has tasked the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) with quarantine policy, analysis and support (PPQ) to provide technical advice and assistance in evaluating entities, including aircraft cleaners, transportation companies, and fixed base operators, that express an interest in handling garbage regulated by APHIS. Mitigate the risk to life and property by eliminating substantially damaged structures and associated accessories, as necessary, to convert properties acquired through a FEMA hazard mitigation program into uses compatible with open space, recreational, or wetland management practices. Direct assistance will not be provided to a private person or organization, or to an eligible applicant for reimbursement from a private person or organization, for the cost of removing debris from their own property. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers and other PPQ personnel will ensure proper and consistent management of regulated garbage by Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) personnel from the U.S.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) or the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) at facilities that have been approved by APHIS to handle regulated garbage.