Oregon opens tsunami debris disposal sites

Oregon opens tsunami debris disposal sites

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon has mobilized a tsunami debris hotline and a network of disposal sites up and down the coast in response to debris washing up on the beach from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The 32 drop-off sites are free and are a combination of state parks and independent recycling and transfer stations located in every county.

Visitors and residents can call 211 (or 1-800-SAFENET) to report tsunami debris they see on the beach.

The drop-off sites will accept debris in official beach cleanup bags produced by SOLVE.

Beach clean-up bags are available at state park campgrounds.

Much of the small debris is rigid foam and plastic. Don't break up the foam. Put it in the bag, and tie it shut.

Residents and visitors who see a piece of debris too large to fit into a bag should drag it above high tide if possible, then report the date and location.

Beach visitors who find tires, appliances or other large objects should not attempt to bring these items to the drop-off sites on their own; report them instead.

Debris with living organisms should be reported (with a photo if possible, location and date), then moved above high tide or removed from the beach, bagged and delivered to a drop-off site. Never move organisms to another body of water (even at home). This will reduce the threat of invasive species.


All tsunami debris reports may be submitted by email to beach.debris@state.or.us (with the location, date and a photo if possible), or by calling 211 in Oregon coastal counties.

211 is operated by a nonprofit organization under contract with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (1-800-SAFENET is an alternate number for the same service).

The 211 number can also be used to report hazardous materials on the beach - fuel drums, propane tanks, gas cans - and hazards to navigation seen offshore (such as abandoned boats and shipping containers). 211 operators will connect callers with the correct agency to complete the report. In an emergency, however, always call 911.

State Parks: All state parks will accept bagged debris during normal operating hours.

View Oregon Beach Debris Drop-Off Points in a larger map

Fort Stevens, 100 Peter Iredale Road, Hammond, OR 97121
Nehalem Bay, 9500 Sandpiper Lane, Nehalem, OR 97131
Cape Lookout, 13000 Whiskey Creek Rd. W, Tillamook, OR 97141
Devils Lake, 1452 NE 6th St., Lincoln City, OR 97367
Beverly Beach, 198 NE 123rd Street, Newport, OR 97365
South Beach, 5580 S Coast Highway, Newport, OR 97366
Beachside, 3 miles south of Waldport, Waldport, OR 97394
Carl Washburne, 93111 Hwy 101 N, Florence, OR 97439
Jessie Honeyman, 84505 Highway 101 S, Florence, OR 97439
Umpqua Lighthouse, 460 Lighthouse Road, Winchester Bay, OR 97467
Sunset Bay, 89814 Cape Arago Hwy, Coos Bay, OR 97420-9647
Bullards Beach, 52470 Hwy 101 N., Bandon, OR 97411
Cape Blanco, 91814 Cape Blanco Rd,
Port Orford, OR 97465 Humbug Mountain, 39745 Hwy. 101, Port Orford, OR 97465
Harris Beach, 1655 Hwy 101 N, Brookings, OR 97415

Transfer stations

Clatsop Transfer Station, 1790 Williamsport Rd., Astoria, OR
Manzanita Transfer Station, 34995 Necarney Rd, Manzanita, OR  97130
Tillamook Transfer Station, 1315 Ekloff Rd, Tillamook, OR  97141
Nestucca Rural Fire Districts Fire Hall, Hwy 101, Neskowin, OR 97149
Pacific City Transfer Station, 38255 Brooten Rd, Pacific City, OR  97135
Schooner Creek Public Transfer Station, 367 S. Anderson Creek Rd., Lincoln City, OR 97367
North Lincoln Sanitary Service Recycling Center, 1726 SE Hwy 101 , Lincoln City, Or 97367   
Thompson's Transfer & Disposal, Inc., 8096 NE Avery Street, Newport, OR 97365
Toledo Transfer Station, 5441 W Hwy 20, Toledo, OR 97391
South Lincoln Recycle & Transfer Station, 235 Dahl Ave, Waldport, OR 97394
Lane County Transfer Station, 2820 N. Rhododendron Drive, Florence, OR 97439
West Coast Recycling & Transfer Station, 1210 S. Broadway Street, Coos Bay, OR 97420
Beaver Hill Disposal Site & Transfer Station, 0.25 miles  s of milepost 253 on Highway 101 (13 miles south of Coos Bay), Coos Bay, OR 97420
Port Orford Transfer Station, 42750 Arizona St., Port Orford, OR 97465
Nesika Beach Transfer Station, 32450 Edson Creek Rd., Gold Beach, OR 97444
Wridge Creek Transfer Station, Wilderness Road, Brookings, OR 97415
Curry Transfer Station, 17498 Carpenterville Rd., Brookings, OR 97415