Flooding often kills wild and domestic animals. You may have dead animal
carcasses on your property that need to be removed or destroyed. The
Oregon Public Health Division, Office of Environmental Public Health
(OEPH), in cooperation with federal and state agriculture agencies suggest
the following measures be taken in disposing of dead animal carcasses
during and after flood recovery: .
Commercial rendering of carcasses is the preferred method of disposal
since the process results in usable product rather than being merely a
Obviously there are not enough rendering plants available in most
areas to deal with the volume of dead animals that may result from
It is recommended that you attempt to find an interested rendering
operation for any large carcass or large number of carcasses before
you consider other disposal options. Check your local telephone and
business directories for rendering services in your area.
For information about available waste disposal sites, transfer stations,
rendering plants or other disposal facilities in your area contact the
nearest Oregon DEQ office.
Solid waste disposal
Animal carcasses are considered to be solid waste under laws and
regulations of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Disposal of carcasses of small animals that died due to flood, rather
than disease, may be done in regular garbage disposal systems. If you
have large animals or large numbers of carcasses, it is suggested you
contact the closest Oregon DEQ office about disposal options.
Also be sure if you plan to take carcasses to a landfill operation that
you contact the operator of the landfill to make arrangements before
you take or send carcasses to the landfill.
Burial is a good disposal option for single or small numbers of
carcasses. If you bury carcasses be sure they are buried as soon after
death as possible.
Be sure that burial sites are at least 100 feet inside