Assuming that everything is not vaporized, one would think that all waste is collected and incinerated. Does SpaceX, NASA, etc have a dedicated team/effort to cleaning up this debris?

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    $\begingroup$ I have edited the question, and hopefully it is now more clear. $\endgroup$
    – Star Man
    Feb 12, 2021 at 19:47
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    $\begingroup$ In the case of challenger it was collected, investigated and then buried: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… For Columbia it was collected, investigated and then stored in the VAB: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… $\endgroup$ Feb 12, 2021 at 21:15
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    $\begingroup$ Wayne Hayles Blog (especially the parts about Columbia) is an excellent source of anectodal evidence for this kind of thing. $\endgroup$
    – Polygnome
    Feb 12, 2021 at 23:27
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    $\begingroup$ The original question was specifically about SpaceX. I wonder if the edits have changed the intent. $\endgroup$ Feb 13, 2021 at 0:03
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    $\begingroup$ If the debris falls into a deep sea are, cleaning the debris would need a lot of time, equipment and money. Collecting the Soyuz debris in the Baikonur area is done to earn money. No explosion or crash, just used booster stages. $\endgroup$
    – Uwe
    Feb 13, 2021 at 2:02


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